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This publication describes the important role that bats play in our environment and explains what to do if you find yourself sharing living quarters with them. It also discusses the reality behind the most commonly held misconceptions surrounding these beneficial mammals. It includes information on bat-proofing materials and bat box construction plans.

Learn about the many aspects of hummingbirds and how to attract them to your property.

This fact sheet discusses bat biology, how to handle a single bat flying into a house or a bat colony in a house, bat-proofing techniques, legal status, and public health concerns. It includes information on making bat boxes and sources for more information.

Illustration by Rae Chambers

Black bears are the smallest and most common of the three bear species found in North America, and the only species found in Pennsylvania. This fact sheet covers general black bear biology, damage caused by black bears, and damage control strategies.

Learn about chipmunk biology and explores ways to control damage caused by chipmunks.

Steps to keep birds from becoming a problem or to lessen the problem if one currently exists.

Learn the identities of birds that have caused problems at Pennsylvania facilities and learn various damage control methods.

Cedar Waxwing

Learn the primary species of birds that cause damage to fruit, patterns of damage, and control methods available to growers.

Information on rabbit biology and control methods, including exclusion, repellents, live trapping, habitat modification, toxicants, and shooting.

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This full-color publication emphasizes the importance of agriculture in maintaining habitat for our region's wildlife. It is also meant as a guide to farmland wildlife for landowners, habitat management methods and their benefits, methods of wildlife damage control, sources of financial assistance for habitat projects, and additional educational resources.

The juvenile form of the aquatic red-spotted newt is called the red eft and lives on land. It is common in Pennsylvania.

This full-color publication in the From the Woods series describes the frogs and salamanders of Pennsylvania.

Learn about the butterfly life cycle, and how to manage your garden to attract butterflies.

Mallards

Learn to control damage caused by Canada geese, ducks, and swans.

This article provides basic information for Pennsylvania landowners regarding their rights to control nuisance wildlife. Further information for many of the species mentioned here can be found in the Wildlife Damage Control fact sheet series, published by Penn State Extension. Direct additional questions to a regional office of the Pennsylvania Game Commission or your county extension office.

Red Squirrel

Guidelines for selecting woody plants such as trees, shrubs, and vines and designing your landscape with the goal of providing wildlife habitat.

American kestrels are small, swift, powerful birds of prey with brilliant coloring. Formally known as sparrow hawks, these hunters are one of Pennsylvania’s most common raptors, and many are year-round residents.

Bluebirds are one of Pennsylvania's most beloved songbirds. This fact sheet covers general biology, habitat requirements, management practices, bluebird box design, and sources of additional information.

This fact sheet gives you information on how to improve habitat quality for cottontail rabbits by providing them with the necessary food and cover.

American Crow. Photo by Rob Dickerson.

This guide provides an overview of crow behavior, explaining the annual roosting cycle and what you can expect. The guide also gives a detailed account of how you can establish an urban crow management plan.

By replacing all or part of your lawn with native vegetation that provides food and cover, you can create a refuge to attract variety of wildlife. This article covers alternatives to lawns, planting and preparing for your meadow, maintaining a meadow or prairie, landscape ordinances, and sources of wildflowers and grasses.