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Vol. 3 | No. 3 | June/July 2010   

 

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July Management Recommendations

Fire Ecology

  • Focus prescribed burning efforts on sites with native ground cover.  Old field vegetation does not burn well unless the fuel composition is greater than 25% grass cover.
  • Conduct post-burn evaluations to determine success of woody control.

Forestry

  • Conduct survival checks on planted pines.
  • Avoid thinning and logging operations during wet weather.

Game Bird

  • Supplemental feed at 1-2 bu/ac/yr. 
  • Nest predator management if needed.
  • Mow roads.

Land Management

  • Plant chufas.
  • Plant millet for dove food plots.
  • Planting by mid-month is usually considered the best time to have most types of millet ready just before the October first phase of dove season in Florida.
  • Continue planting other summer food plots.
  • Begin deer track counts and deer spotlight surveys.

Vertebrate Ecology

  • It’s hot, but the early phase of shorebird migration occurs later this month with early records for Spotted Sandpipers.
  • Fledgling red-cockaded woodpeckers start looking for roost cavities to use at night beginning in late July.
  • Early flowering of some fall flowers commences in late July and will start to attract native butterflies.
  • Fox squirrels initiate a full tail molt during July-August
  • Second fox squirrel litters can be initiated in July and August. Older females in good physical condition usually produce litters of 2-5 young twice each year when food supplies are good.
  • Eastern diamondbacks give live birth to 10-14 young between July and October, but females may not breed every year.

August  Management Recommendations

Fire Ecology

  • Prescribe burn logging slash or build brush piles.
  • Finish growing season burns in native ground cover before arrival of fall.
  • Establish fire breaks for next year’s spring burns.

Forestry

  • Plan for regeneration by conducting a visual survey of mature longleaf pine trees for cone production.
  • Order seedlings early if regeneration is planned and cone crop is poor. Planting containerized seedlings in the fall can achieve better survival than waiting until later in the year.
  • If adequate cone crop, plan for site preparation burn to capture regeneration.
  • Mow between alternate rows within pine plantations to eliminate competition and create different heights of vegetation.

Game Bird

  • Supplemental feed at 1-2 bu/ac/yr 
  • Nest predator management if needed

Land Management

  • Good month to spray herbicides, girdle or fell hardwoods.
  • Plant second round of millet in dove fields, for those who want grain available for the second phase of dove season.
  • Wetter dove fields should be planted with Japanese millet during this wetter month.
  • Plan deer survey route for spotlight counts (Florida only)
  • Mow roads and repair woods roads

Vertebrate Ecology

  • Lake and pond draw-downs at this time of year can provide benefits for migrating shorebirds and wading birds.
  • Chimney Swifts begin to stage for migration and may use novel roosting sites, including the chimneys of abandoned tenant homes.
  • Swallow-tailed and Mississippi Kites gather in large migratory flocks and may forage over open fields.
  • Early songbird migrants appear; look for Yellow Warblers & Louisiana Water Thrushes along brushy wetland edges.
  • Hummingbirds that venture from breeding habitats may show up at feeders almost anywhere; maintain feeding stations.
  • Gopher Tortoise nests start hatching; keep heavy equipment away from tortoise burrows.
  • Allow some lightning-struck trees to die and decay naturally for the benefit of snag-nesting wildlife.
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