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Title Summary Date ID Author(s)
A Landowner's Guide To Working With Sportsmen In Virginia May 1, 2009 420-035
A Landowner's Guide to Wildlife Abundance through Forestry May 1, 2009 420-138
Addressing the Consequences of Predator Damage to Livestock and Poultry May 1, 2009 410-030
Backyard Wildlife Habitats

Wildlife Habitat

The area where an organism lives and meets its basic needs for food, water, cover, and space to survive is called its habitat. Each species of wildlife has different habitat requirements.

Why consider creating a wildlife habitat in your yard?

As residential and commercial development by humans continues to expand, wildlife habitats in the affected areas are altered and may become unable to support the needs of species that previously occupied those areas. Alternatively, species that are better adapted to metropolitan conditions may increase their presence and abundance as a direct result of this development.
May 1, 2009 426-070
Feeding Wild Birds May 1, 2009 420-006
Guide to Threatened and Endangered Species on Private Lands In Virginia Oct 5, 2010 420-039
Learning to Live with Coyotes in Metropolitan Areas May 1, 2009 420-050
Management of Wood Ducks on Private Lands and Waters May 1, 2009 420-802
Managing Wildlife Damage: Beavers (Castor canadensis) May 1, 2009 420-202
Managing Wildlife Damage: Black Bears (Ursus americanus) May 1, 2009 420-200
Managing Wildlife Damage: Canada Goose (Branta canadensis) May 1, 2009 420-203
Managing Wildlife Damage: Moles May 1, 2009 420-201
Managing Wildlife Damage: Snakes Aug 26, 2010 420-021
Pesticide Applicator Manuals Nov 17, 2011 VTTP-2
Planting and Managing Switchgrass for Forage, Wildlife, and Conservation

Switchgrass is a tall-growing, warm-season, perennial grass that is native to much of the United States including Virginia. Switchgrass (SG) was widespread in open areas before settlers populated an area and remained in one place year after year. Their livestock were free roaming and would graze the new switchgrass growth in the spring before the new plants were tall enough to withstand defoliation. This mismanagement weakened the stands and eventually led to their demise. They were replaced by cool-season grasses introduced from other countries such as bluegrass, tall fescue, and orchardgrass. These cool-season grasses began growth much earlier in the spring so they could tolerate the early season grazing by cattle. As a result, the native warm-season grasses such as SG were destroyed and can now only be found growing wild in abandoned sites such as old cemeteries or roadways.

May 1, 2009 418-013
Rabies: Its Ecology, Control, and Treatment May 1, 2009 420-036
Supplemental Income from Wildlife on Your Land May 1, 2009 420-095
Urban Water-Quality Management: Wildlife in the Home Pond Garden

Small home pond gardens support aquatic plants and also attract a variety of wildlife. Turtles, frogs, birds, snakes, lizards, and raccoons as well as many other animals may use these ponds. Most wildlife needs water to survive and will seek out ponds for drinking, bathing, habitat, and in some cases, reproduction.

May 1, 2009 426-045
Virginia Master Naturalist, Basic Training Course, Mammalogy Mar 21, 2013 465-314 (ANR-42NP)