July Management Recommendations
- 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.
- Conduct survival checks on planted pines.
- Avoid thinning and logging operations during wet weather.
- Supplemental feed at 1-2 bu/ac/yr.
- Nest predator management if needed.
- Mow roads.
- 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.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Supplemental feed at 1-2 bu/ac/yr
- Nest predator management if needed
- 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
- 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.