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Updated: May 17, 2022
Branching Out - Spring 2022
Read about some of the changes to the Woodland Stewardship Education program and News and Notes about stories you might have missed. Our regular features include the Woodland Wildlife Spotlight and Invasives in Your Woodland, and the Brain Tickler challenge.
Updated: May 13, 2022
Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: American Kestrel
Maryland is home to three species of falcons. The American Kestrel is the most common, and resident populations can be found across the state. Read about the kestrel's unique features and ways to observe it.
Updated: May 9, 2022
Branching Out - Winter 2022
Read some "parting thoughts" from Extension Forester Jonathan Kays prior to his retirement. Our regular features include the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight," "Invasives in Your Woodland," plus the events calendar, the Brain Tickler challenge, and the News and Notes section.
Updated: May 3, 2022
Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Gray Fox
it comes as a surprise to many that Maryland is home to a second species of fox. However, the gray fox is indeed native to the state and the region, and can be found throughout most of North America.
Updated: April 11, 2022
Natural Area Management Services webinar series
This webinar series, designed for green industry professionals, was held in two parts (fall 2020 and spring 2021).
Updated: February 21, 2022
Branching Out - Summer 2018
Read the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight," the "Invasives in Your Woodland," the MD-DE Logger of the Year, and take the Brain Tickler challenge.
Updated: February 21, 2022
Branching Out - Fall 2018
Read the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" and "Invasives in Your Woodland," a new invasive insect you should know called Spotted Lanternfly, and the Brain Tickler challenge.
Updated: February 10, 2022
The Woods in Your Backyard videos
"The Woods in Your Backyard" program has assisted thousands of property owners across the region learn how to get more from their natural areas.
Updated: February 4, 2022
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.
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.