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Updated: October 18, 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: October 1, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Wednesday webinar series

Webinars on a variety of topics related to woodland health and wildlife in Maryland.
Woodland Wildlife Wednesday webinars logo
Updated: August 20, 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: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Striped Skunk

The striped skunk is found throughout Maryland and is actually a very successful species, with a range that occupies a large portion of North America. They prefer habitat with a variety of woodlands and open fields, which means they can also be found in both rural and suburban settings.
Striped skunk digging on woodland floor
Updated: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Red Fox

The red fox is the largest of the fox family, found throughout this continent, from the Arctic Circle to Central America, as well as in Europe, Asia, and parts of Africa. DNA tests have shown that the red fox is indeed native to North America and that the populations in the mid-Atlantic and southern states are the result of range expansion from the northeast and Canada.
Red fox along a stream
Updated: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Eastern Wild Turkey

The Eastern wild turkey performs a year-round role in the woodlands of Maryland and the mid-Atlantic. Because the turkey does not migrate, they may be found across Maryland year round.
Eastern wild turkey displaying fanned-out tail feathers
Updated: August 19, 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: August 19, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Black Bear

Of the three bear species native to North America, Maryland is home only to the black bear. The mammal was once widespread throughout the state, but habitat loss and unregulated hunting reduced the population to its current range.
Black bear in suburban yard
Updated: August 18, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: North American Porcupine

Say the word “porcupine” and the image that immediately jumps to mind is its quills. However, the quills are only one feature of this rodent. In fact, it is the second largest rodent native to North America; only the beaver is larger. Its range includes most of the continent, stretching from Alaska in the northwest, through the Great Lakes area, to the Canadian maritime provinces in the east and south to Virginia.
North American porcupine in a tree
Updated: August 18, 2021

Woodland Wildlife Spotlight: Great Horned Owl

One of the benefits of returning to Standard Time in the late fall is the opportunity to see great horned owls at dusk, as they begin their hours of hunting. Even if you do not see them, you will know they are in your woodlands, as their deep hooting calls can be heard echoing across forests on mid-winter nights.
Great Horned Owl on a branch