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Poultry Fact or Fiction Workshop

Wednesday, Apr. 29, 2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
11767 Beechwood St., Princess Anne, MD
Please pre-register by April 28, 2015.

The Barn Swallow: Friend of the Farm

Barn Swallow
The Barn Swallow is the most abundant and widely distributed swallow in the world. These acrobatic flyers consume large numbers of insects, including agricultural and garden pests. For this reason, attracting Barn Swallows to your property may be one more positive step in an integrated pest...

The Eastern Bluebird: More Than Just a Pretty Bird

Eastern Bluebird
The Eastern Bluebird has suffered due to competition with non-native species, such as the house sparrow, but it is making a comeback with the help of enthusiasts and people seeking to help control insect pests naturally. Bluebirds eat many of the insects that are common pests for gardeners and...

Attracting the Beneficial Tree Swallow

Tree Swallow
The tree swallow is one of the most acrobatic songbirds in Maryland. This fork-tailed bird is an adept flyer and talented hunter of flying insect pests. Along with bats, bluebirds, and purple martins, they can play an important role in an integrated pest management strategy for controlling many...

Attracting Purple Martins

Purple Martin
People have been enjoying the company of the acrobatic purple martin for centuries. Their melodious chatter and aerial displays are two reasons why so many people seek out their company. However, many of those who create habitat and housing for purple martins are unsuccessful in attracting breeding...

American Kestrel: The Barnyard Friend

American Kestrel
The American kestrel is the smallest member of the falcon family found in North America. It is a common bird throughout suburban and rural areas. The male kestrel's contrasting slate blue and brown plumage often catches the eyes of passing motorists. The species nests primarily in tree cavities and...

Wildlife Management: Songbirds

Northern Oriole
Songbirds are an important part of our wildlife heritage. They consume great quantities of pest insects and weed seeds each year. They enrich our lives with their interesting habits, brilliant plumage, and beautiful songs. They also serve as excellent biological indicators of the health of our...
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