Habitat Management

Information on wildlife, including deer, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish, insects, bats, rabbits, quail, grouse and bees and beekeeping, and managing their environments, including streams, watersheds, wetlands, ponds, meadows, prairies and woods.

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Asian longhorned ticks are can be found on deer and other wildlife, as well as livestock and companion animals.
Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis - Articles Articles

Asian Longhorned Tick, Haemaphysalis longicornis

Erika Machtinger, Michael J. Skvarla

The Asian Longhorned tick is a recent invasive tick to Pennsylvania. This tick can be found on wildlife and on livestock. It is important to be aware of the presence of this tick and to implement prevention and control measures when necessary. More
The Secret Life of Bluebirds
The Secret Life of Bluebirds - Videos Videos

The Secret Life of Bluebirds

Danielle Williams

5:36

A behind the scenes and “inside the box” view of the secret and busy life of a nesting bluebird. More
Pennsylvania Game Breeders and Hunting Preserves Conference
Pennsylvania Game Breeders and Hunting Preserves Conference - Conferences Conferences
Interested in raising game birds or managing the operation of a hunting preserve? Learn from some of the most experienced individuals in the field at this event! More
Tansparency Tube
FISH: Understanding Your Transparency Tube Measurements - Articles Articles
Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. Transparency tubes are popular for use in stream monitoring programs. More
Bullfrog. Photo: Lesa Willis
FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology - Articles Articles

FISH: Pennsylvania Frog and Toad Breeding Phenology

Jennifer R Fetter, Kristen Kyler

Part of the "First Investigation of Stream Health" activity. In central Pennsylvania there are three distinct periods in which potential species can be expected to begin breeding. More
Precautions for Deer Hunters in Areas with Chronic Wasting Disease
Precautions for Deer Hunters in Areas with Chronic Wasting Disease - Articles Articles
I am a deer hunter. Now that chronic wasting disease has been found in the state, are there any precautions I should take? More
Shale Development: Effects on Forest Habitat and Wildlife
Shale Development: Effects on Forest Habitat and Wildlife - Webinars Webinars
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Margaret Brittingham, Penn State Extension, discusses habitats and wildlife in response to development and minimizing negative impacts. More
Native Plants of Pennsylvania
Native Plants of Pennsylvania - Webinars Webinars
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Start by enjoying the natural beauty and learn to recreate part of it in your own landscape. Be enchanted by the showiest of the native perennials and see which of these you can identify in your area. More
Grouse and Woodcock
Grouse and Woodcock - Webinars Webinars

Grouse and Woodcock

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Mark Banker, Senior Biologist with the Ruffed Grouse Society, discusses the life cycle, habitat needs and management of the ruffed grouse and woodcock in Pennsylvania More
Deer Habitat Management
Deer Habitat Management - Webinars Webinars
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Techniques that landowners and managers can utilize to attain a white-tailed deer herd that is in balance with the forest habitat. More
Amphibians and Reptiles in Your Woods
Amphibians and Reptiles in Your Woods - Webinars Webinars
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Amphibians and reptiles are important members of the forest community. Learn how to enhance your property for amphibian and reptilian wildlife. More
Zebra Mussel
Zebra Mussel - Videos Videos

Zebra Mussel

9:16

Zebra mussels first arrived in the United States in the 1980s. More
Water chestnut investation choking a pond. Photo: Pat Rector, Rutgers University Cooperative Extension
Aquatic Invasive Species in Pennsylvania - Videos Videos
Several Aquatic Invasive Species of particular concern in Pennsylvania are discussed, and their identifying characteristics reviewed. More
Purple Loosestrife in Pennsylvania
Purple Loosestrife in Pennsylvania - Articles Articles
Purple Loosestrife is an aggressive plant that is invading our wetlands and replacing valuable wetland plants; eliminating food and shelter for wildlife; and choking waterways. More
Pond Ecology and the Role of Aquatic Plants
Pond Ecology and the Role of Aquatic Plants - Videos Videos
This video provides an overview of aquatic plants. More
Photo: Bryan Swistock, Penn State University
Winterkill in Ponds - Articles Articles

Winterkill in Ponds

Diane Oleson, M.S.

In the winter water gets much colder and ice may cover the top of the pond for an extended period of time. How does this affect the animals living in the pond? More
House Finch Conjunctivitis
House Finch Conjunctivitis - Articles Articles

House Finch Conjunctivitis

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

How to detect conjunctivitis in birds, which birds are affected, effects, and how to prevent the spread of the disease. More
Water for Wildlife: Bird Baths and Backyard Ponds
Water for Wildlife: Bird Baths and Backyard Ponds - Articles Articles

Water for Wildlife: Bird Baths and Backyard Ponds

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Adding a bird bath to your yard is the easiest way to provide drinking and bathing water for birds. More
Pine Siskin
Winter Bird Feeding: The Basics - Articles Articles

Winter Bird Feeding: The Basics

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

Feeding birds is a great way to brighten a dreary winter day. It's also a never-ending source of entertainment and enjoyment. More
Wetlands and Wildlife
Wetlands and Wildlife - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications
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Discover the wonders and benefits of the wetlands and wildlife in your neck of Penn's Woods. More
Farmlands and Wildlife of Pennsylvania and the Northeast
Farmlands and Wildlife of Pennsylvania and the Northeast - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Farmlands and Wildlife of Pennsylvania and the Northeast

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D., Amanda Yeager

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$9.00
Develop a wildlife management plan for your property. More
Beekeeping Basics
Beekeeping Basics - Guides and Publications Guides and Publications

Beekeeping Basics

Maryann Frazier

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Become a successful beekeeper by learning about honey bee biology and how to manage bee colonies. More
Homing Pigeon, Lost Pigeon
Homing Pigeon, Lost Pigeon - Articles Articles

Homing Pigeon, Lost Pigeon

Margaret C. Brittingham, Ph.D.

I found a banded pigeon. How can I find the owner? More
A crappie bass from a small pond.
Fish for Pennsylvania Ponds - Articles Articles

Fish for Pennsylvania Ponds

Bryan Swistock, Jay Stauffer, Jr., Ph.D.

Dozens of fish species are suitable for stocking in Pennsylvania ponds, but some species are usually more successful than others. More
Measuring a largemouth bass from a pond.
Fish Population Exercise - Tools and Apps Tools and Apps
This quick exercise will help you to determine the Proportional Stock Density (PSD) for your pond to help in managing the bass and bluegill population. More
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