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Spring 2016          A publication of the Wildlife Diversity Program—Getting Texans Involved


In General

  • Monitor grazing program to provide nesting cover and plant diversity
  • Clean your hummingbird feeders every three or four days.
  • Control feral hogs through trapping or hunting
  • Leave some unharvested winter crops next to the field edges
  • Defer grazing in some pastures to ensure nesting cover for ground nesting birds next spring—July to September


  • Prepare ground and plant summer food plots
  • Monitor wildlife food plots, high protein foods in May and June are critical for antler growth
  • Cowbird trapping season ends May 31. Report all trapping data to TPWD
  • Thin cedar and midstory hardwoods from sites adjacent to turkey roost trees
  • Begin fire ant control as daytime temperatures reach 85 degrees


  • Walk through hay meadows before mowing to reduce wildlife mortality.
  • Consider leaving unmowed strips
  • Do not mow wildflowers until seed pods have matured.
  • Make sure wildlife water sources are operable


  • Monitor / fluctuate water in wetland areas.
  • Provide supplemental water for wildlife if necessary
  • Complete wetland dike repairs as needed
  • Start planning for fall youth hunts to assist in reaching wildlife management population goals


  • Monitor wetlands for signs of botulism. Notify TPWD of any signs of illness
  • Monitor grazing pressure on rangelands and move cattle accordingly.
  • Conduct spotlight deer counts
  • Roadside disking will promote germination of forbs
  • Provide some supplementary water for wildlife if needed
  • Clean and maintain bird feeders and nest boxes when birds have finished nesting

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