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Landscaping for Wildlife with Native Plants

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Johns, Liessa Thomas Bowen, Richard Braham, John Connors, Jesse Perry, Johnny Randall, Rebecca Vidra Urban Wildlife

North Carolina's native plants provide well-adapted food and cover for the state's wildlife. This publication describes how to develop a landscape of native plants that attracts a diverse mix of wildlife to your property.

Using Fire to Improve Wildlife Habitat

By: Christopher Moorman, Terry Sharpe, Jennifer Evans, Liessa Thomas

This publication discusses the benefits that land managers derive by managing wildlife habitat through controlled burning. The importance of fire to wildlife, when to burn, how to burn, and wildlife considerations are covered.

Reptiles and Amphibians in Your Backyard

By: Christopher Moorman, Jill Anderson, Jeffrey Beane, Jeffrey Hall Urban Wildlife

As urban development continues to expand across the state, it is important that North Carolinians recognize the value of reptile and amphibian populations and learn how to conserve them.

Invasive Plants and Your Forests

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Kelly Douglass Healthy Forests

This publication describes invasive plants in North Carolina and provides landowners with information on prevention, management and eradication.

Butterflies in Your Backyard

By: Christopher Moorman, Jeffrey Pippen, John Connors, Nick Haddad, Mark Johns, Jesse Perry, Liessa Thomas Bowen Urban Wildlife

You can attract the many butterflies found throughout North Carolina to your backyard by following the simple practices described in this publication.

20. Wildlife

By: Christopher Moorman, Christopher DePerno, Lucy Bradley, Kathleen Moore

This Wildlife Chapter from the Extension Gardener Handbook teaches readers to recognize the value of wildlife in the landscape and how to create a suitable back yard wildlife habitat. It also examines wildlife challenges and strategies discouraging pest, game, non-game, and federally protected migratory bird species.

White-Tailed Deer

By: Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover, water habits and home range of the white-tailed deer. It also provides tips to improve the deer's habitat.

Owls

By: Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman Working With Wildlife

Owls play an important role in the balance of forest and open land environments. This publication discusses management of habitat to promote owl populations.

Snags and Downed Logs

By: Mark Megalos, Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes creating and protecting snags (standing dead or dying trees) and downed logs (a log lying on or near the forest floor) as potential habitats for a wide range of wildlife species.

Developing Wildlife-Friendly Pine Plantations

By: Christopher Moorman, Rick Hamilton Woodland Owner Notes

This publication describes how to provide a suitable habitat for many wildlife species without significantly reducing timber production or cash flow from timber sales.

Bats

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

Bats serve as pollinators of many food plants and are the only predator of night-flying insects. This publication explains the steps you can take to encourage bats on private lands, including building and installing bat boxes.

Black Bear

By: Nick Gould, Mark Megalos, Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover, water habits and home range of the black bear in North Carolina. Tips for improving the black bear's habitat also are included.

Bobwhite Quail

By: Mark Megalos, Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover, water habits, and home range of the bobwhite quail in North Carolina. The publication also includes tips on improving the habitat of the bobwhite quail.

Endangered Species

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication explains endangered and threatened species in North Carolina and the protective measures landowners should take to ensure compliance with federal and state laws.

Eastern Gray Squirrel

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, water habits, home range and tree cover for the Eastern gray squirrel. Tips are provided for improving the squirrel's habitat as well as building a squirrel box.

Ruffed Grouse

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, home range, water habits, food and cover for the ruffed grouse in North Carolina. Tips are provided to improve the grouse's habitat.

Wildlife Terms

By: Liessa Bowen, Mark Megalos, Christopher Moorman Working With Wildlife

This publication functions as a dictionary for commonly used wildlife terms such as cover, daylighting, forage, mast and understory.

Wildlife and Forest Stewardship

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Kelly Douglass Woodland Owner Notes

Developing forestland to continually produce timber and provide wildlife habitat requires an active management plan. Forest stewardship, the process of managing all of the forest’s natural resources together, enables us to conserve our forest resources, including timber, wildlife, soil and water. Forestry and wildlife management are not only compatible, they are interrelated. Managing for wildlife habitat can even improve forest productivity. This publication describes the basic concepts of management, showing how forestry operations affect wildlife habitat.

Managing Backyards and Other Urban Habitats for Birds

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Johns, Liessa Bowen, John Gerwin Urban Wildlife

This publication describes how homeowners can create backyards and other urban habitats that attract a variety of songbirds.

Building Songbird Boxes

By: Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication discusses how to successfully build, install and maintain nest boxes for songbirds.

Songbirds (and Woodpeckers)

By: Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, cover, food, water habits and home range of various songbird species. Also included are tips to improve the birds' habitats, as well as a chart listing the habitat of several species.

Cottontail Rabbit

By: Mark Megalos, Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover, water habits and home range of the cottontail rabbit. Also included are tips on improving the rabbit's habitat.

Managing Beaver Ponds

By: Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication reviews the benefits of beavers and methods to manage and enhance beaver ponds.

Managing Forest Edges for Wildlife

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Liessa BOWEN Working With Wildlife

This publication describes edges (or ecotones), areas where two habitat types meet, such as a forest and a meadow. Edges are inhabited by some of the animals and plants that are characteristic of each original habitat, plus species that are specially adapted to live in edges. Tips for edge management are included.

Wild Turkey

By: Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover, water habits and home range of wild turkeys in North Carolina. It also offers tips for improving the turkey's habitat.

Wood Duck

By: Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover and home range of the wood duck. It also offers tips on improving the wood duck's habitat, as well as instructions on building a wood duck nest.

Herbaceous Plants for Wildlife

By: Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication describes methods for maintaining and establishing herbaceous plants as valuable sources of food and cover for wildlife in North Carolina.

Low-Cost Habitat Improvements

By: Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

The smaller habitats that abound on private lands and in many backyards can be enhanced using a variety of improvement options. Wildlife improvements can be simple, inexpensive and fun for the whole family. This publication discusses selected low-cost habitat improvements that will enhance food and cover for wildlife on private lands.

Mourning Dove

By: Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, cover, water habits and home range of the mourning dove in North Carolina. The publication also includes tips on improving the dove's habitat.

Woodland Wildlife Nest Boxes

By: Mark Megalos, Liessa Bowen, Christopher Moorman Working With Wildlife

This publication provides information on constructing and placing artificial nesting boxes to attract birds and other wildlife to your property.

Pools for Amphibians

By: Mark Megalos, A. L. Braswell, Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food and water habits, cover and home range of a range of amphibians in North Carolina. Tips on constructing and maintaining a fishless pool are included.

Raccoon

By: Mark Megalos, Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen Working With Wildlife

This publication describes the habitat, food, water habits, cover and home range of raccoons in North Carolina. Tips on improving the habitat of the raccoon also are included.

Hummingbirds and Butterflies

By: Christopher Moorman, Liessa Bowen, Mark Megalos Working With Wildlife

This publication describes how you can transform your backyard into an area that welcomes nectar-seekers, such as hummingbirds and butterflies.