November Management Recommendations
- Good month to thin pines.
- If moisture is sufficient, begin planting containerized pine seedlings.
- Finish mowing hunting lanes
- Supplemental feed at 2 bu/ac/yr
- Plan timber harvests
- Plant longleaf or other pines where needed
- Develop burn plans customized for weather, population size and predation risks
- Disk fields for brood habitat
- In South Florida, control and eradicate Brazilian peppers while they are in full bloom.
- Heavy brush management (mowing/chopping) for saw palmetto should begin now.
- Mow mature millet for third phase of dove harvest.
- Native warm season grasses that were burned last summer will start producing seed.
- Consider collecting seed from native warm season grasses, such as lopsided Indian grass, to reseed other areas of your property.
- Lining roofs with pea-gravel near the coast provides valuable habitat for nesting shorebirds.
- On the coasts of Florida, begin planning for the spring shorebird rooftop nesting season and start reroofing projects by using tar and light-colored pea-sized gravel and installing chick- fencing and gutter covers.
December Management Recommendations
- Develop burn plans
- Evaluate last year’s burns on grass flowering and seeding.
- Plan timber harvest schedule for spring. If it will not create problems with other land use priorities this can be a good month to thin pines if needed. Thinning your woods promotes valuable groundcover for wildlife.
- Continue planting longleaf or other site-specific pine trees as needed.
- This is a good month to plant mast-producing trees for attracting wildlife.
- Supplemental Feed at 1- 2 bu/ac/yr.
- Develop burn plans: high quail numbers this fall indicate need for burn plans that help to maximize quail survival rates. This includes patch burning and stretching burning out from March through April
- Disk Fields for brood habitat now through February.
- Mow dense hardwood encroachment areas to enhance groundcover.
- Fertilize fall food plots.
- Good time to work roads.
- Include snag retention in forestry harvest operations planning.
- Be on the lookout and record nesting locations for birds of prey, such as the bald eagle. Take efforts to protect nesting areas from disturbance.
- Chorus Frogs, Spring Peepers, and other winter-breeding frogs may start to call as early as mid December and reach higher levels of activity in January.
- Christmas bird counts are underway in mid December. The counts have provided invaluable trend information that date back to the early 1900’s.
- Sapsuckers arrive in big numbers and start etching away at their sap wells. Individuals can be highly territorial, and wells are passed along from generation to generation.
- Clean out nest boxes in preparation for spring.