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 self-directed, non-credit online course runs for ten weeks, from September 6 to November 15.
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.
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.
Farmers, gardeners, and others enjoy Tree Swallows because they are consumers of pest insects. Along with bats, bluebirds, and purple martins, they can play an important role in an integrated pest management strategy for controlling many farm and garden insect pests.
Eastern Bluebirds eat many of the insects that are common pests for gardeners and farmers. Their appetite for insects makes them an important part of an integrated management strategy for controlling different farm and garden insect pests. This fact sheet describes the habitat, diet, and methods for attracting Eastern bluebirds to your property.
Barn Swallows eat a wide range of both agricultural and community insect pests. Insects make up, on average, 99.8 percent of their diet. For this reason, attracting Barn Swallows to your property may be one more positive step in an integrated approach to managing agricultural and garden insect pests.
The American kestrel is the smallest member of the falcon family found in North America. Most Maryland farmyards provide suitable habitat for kestrels. In addition to describing many aspects of the kestrel, including distribution, habitat preferences, and food habits, this fact sheet illustrates how to try to attract kestrels to your property.