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Fall 2011          A publication of the Wildlife Diversity Program—Getting Texans Involved

Habitips

In General

  • Monitor grazing pressure on rangelands and move livestock accordingly.
  • Continue controlling feral hogs.
  • Preserve brushy fence rows, shelterbelts and critical wildlife cover by fencing.
  • Order survey kits for Texas Nature Tracker programs such as Hummingbird Roundup and Texas Horned Lizard Watch.

November

  • Monitor use and condition of key vegetation going into winter.
  • Move livestock off of fall food plots for wildlife.
  • Order spring-planted annual seedlings.
  • Constuct brush piles needed for winter cover.
  • Begin developing winter prescribed burn plans.
  • Disk fire lanes as needed.
  • Clean up leaf litter within your firewise defensive zone.

December

  • Prepare fireguards for prescribed burning program.
  • Disk in proximity to woody cover to provide habitat interspersion for game birds.
  • Get prescribed burn equipment ready.
  • Strip disk to encourage native food resources.
  • Focus on providing travel lanes and cover for birds.

January

  • Prepare fireguards for prescribed burning program.
  • Disk in proximity to woody cover to provide habitat interspersion for game birds.
  • Get prescribed burn equipment ready.
  • Strip disk to encourage native food resources.
  • Focus on providing travel lanes and cover for birds.

February

  • Conduct prescribed burns as needed.
  • Begin planting annual seedlings--perennials should be planted in fall.
  • Monitor turkey flocks.
  • Conduct mechanical brush control as needed.
  • Disk wetland areas to encourage moist soil plants as needed.
  • Look for early spring wildflower blooms--mostly gold colored flowers.
  • Hummingbird migration begins.
  • Repair and install nestboxes for the nesting season.

March

  • If trained begin trapping brown-headed cowbirds.
  • Plant native grasses, forbs and legumes.
  • Conduct prescribed burns as needed.
  • Watch for developing wildflower blooms.
  • De-water flooded areas to encourage wetland vegetation.

April

  • Monitor grazing to provide nesting cover and plant diversity.
  • Clean and store prescribed burn equipment.
  • Develop a checklist of birds you see in various locations--note habitat use.
  • Continue trapping brown-headed cowbirds if trained.
  • Protect turkey roosts in areas with limited numbers of large trees.
  • Continue monitoring wildflower blooms.


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