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Updated: January 7, 2022

The Woods in Your Backyard Workbook

The Woods in Your Backyard Workbook is available for free download as a PDF with fillable fields. It can be used in conjunction with The Woods in Your Backyard guide or on its own to help property owners assess their natural areas and to determine how to reach their land care objectives.
Updated: December 14, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Chuck-will's-widow

Once you’ve heard the call of the Chuck-will’s-widow, chances are you won’t easily forget it. This vocal bird has been observed, or heard, throughout Maryland except for in Carroll County.
Chuck-will's-widow after dark with wings extended
Updated: December 13, 2021

Registration is Now Open for “The Woods in Your Backyard” Online Course Spring Session

Registration is now open for the Spring 2021 session of “The Woods in Your Backyard” online course. Our course is designed primarily for small-acreage property owners who want to learn how to care for or expand existing woodlands, or to convert lawn space to woodlands.
The Woods in Your Backyard online course logo
Updated: December 10, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Striped Skunk

Maryland is home to two members of the skunk family. The striped skunk is found throughout the state. The striped skunk is actually a very successful species, with a range that occupies a large portion of North America. While the mammals have adapted to a wide range of environments, they prefer habitat with a variety of woodlands and open fields, and with a water supply within 2 miles of their home range.
A striped skunk in Wicomico County Maryland, 2011. Photo by Photo by Mike Ostrowski,  Maryland Biodiversity Project
Updated: December 6, 2021

Natural Area Management Services Directory: Establishing/Managing Wildlife Habitat

Establishing and/or managing wildlife habitat helps property owners reach their goals for assisting one or more native species. Providers of wildlife establishment and/or management are listed here.
Updated: November 29, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight (2016-present)

Since its debut as a regular Branching Out feature in 2016, the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" has profiled a wide variety of species native to Maryland.
Updated: November 29, 2021

Branching Out Summer 2021 News and Notes

The News and Notes roundup for this issue features more kudos for Maryland Forest Service Project Manager Mike Kay, a study about the importance of community forests, news about bats, and an invitation to list your green industry business in a new Extension directory.
Updated: November 29, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Sharp-shinned Hawk

The sharp-shinned hawk is unlike many of the raptors that make a home in Maryland. Some migrate to warmer habitats; others will remain year round. The sharp-shinned hawk, apparently, does both.
Sharp-shinned hawk. Photo by Jonathon Irons, Maryland Biodiversity Project
Updated: November 29, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Fisher

Maryland is home to four members of the weasel family: mink, river otters, long-tailed weasels, and fishers. In the state, fishers are second only in size to river otters, but they occupy a distinctly different ecological niche. Of these four species, the fisher is perhaps the most elusive, due in part to its mostly nocturnal behavior, but once you have seen one, you won’t confuse it with another species.
A fisher caught on a trail cam. Photo courtesy Massachusetts Audubon
Updated: October 11, 2021

Natural Area Management Services Providers Directory listings

This directory is developed by the Woods in Your Backyard Partnership and the University of Maryland Extension's Woodland Stewardship Education program. This directory serves as a way to connect land owners and managers to green industry services providers. The directory has been organized by service and alphabetically. Click or tap on the icons below to access the listings.
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