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Updated: August 3, 2021

Registration is Now Open for “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 self-directed, non-credit online course runs for ten weeks, from September 6 to November 15.
The Woods in Your Backyard online course logo
Updated: August 3, 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: July 27, 2021

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: June 9, 2021

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.
Maryland Woodland Stewards Workshop 2009 - Bluestem Farm. Photo by Edwin Remsburg
Updated: June 2, 2021

Branching Out - Winter 2018

Read about the "Woodland Wildlife Spotlight" and "Invasives in Your Woodland," a recap of October's Maryland Woodland Stewards workshop, and the Brain Tickler challenge.
Garlic Mustard. Photo by Ansel Oommen, Bugwood.org
Updated: May 14, 2021

Beneficial Birds

The Wildlife Management - Beneficial Birds series of Fact Sheets highlights several bird species that can assist woodland owners in managing rodents and other pests.
Updated: May 14, 2021

Attracting the Beneficial Tree Swallow - University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet #800

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.
Updated: May 14, 2021

The Eastern Bluebird: More Than Just a Pretty Bird - University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet #799

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.
Updated: May 14, 2021

The Barn Swallow: Friend of the Farm - University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet #798

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.
Updated: May 14, 2021

American Kestrel: The Barnyard Friend - University of Maryland Extension Fact Sheet #797

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.