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Fall 2014          A publication of the Wildlife Diversity Program—Getting Texans Involved


In General

  • Monitor grazing pressure on rangelands and move livestock accordingly
  • Continue controlling feral hogs
  • Preserve brushy fence rows, shelterbelts and critical wildlife habitat by fencing
  • Order survey kits for Texas Nature Trackers programs such as the Texas Hummingbird Roundup


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

December and Junuary

  • 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

Mid December to early January

  • Conduct winter bird surveys


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


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


  • Monitor grazing to provide 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 tall trees
  • Continue monitoring wildflower blooms

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