Edge Habitat

An important component to overall habitat health is called EDGE.  Edge is the transition zone, or ecotone, where one type of plant community “gives way” to another plant community. Wildlife managers like edge because it provides animals with simultaneous access to 2 or more vegetation types – where its likely several welfare factors are located….

Habitat Essentials

A habitat is the kind of biotic community, or set of biotic communities, in which an animal lives – a habitat is an animal’s natural home! So how does an animal decide where to live? We’ll discuss that and a few habitat components that can help turn your animals house into a home! How an animal…

Wildlife Nutrition

Wether you’re managing 1,000 acres in food plots, or only have a small area you want to make more appealing to your neighborhood wildlife, knowing what nutrients an animal needs is the first step. Its important to remember that animals in good condition generally have higher reproduction rates and are more resistant to all forms…

Natural Selection

Since our last discussion, have you ironed out your wildlife philosophy? If not, don’t worry – it took me years of both academic and real-life experiences to help me fine tune my own beliefs. We’ll keep working on it! In this post, we’ll discuss Wildlife Management and the Concept of Natural Selection. A basic concept…

The Principles

To get a basic understanding of wildlife biology and management: start with the principles. One of the first classes you take getting your degree in Wildlife is Principles of Wildlife Management. My favorite professor, Dr. Elliott, taught this class and started out his notes with this: “Wildlife Management: The application of ecological knowledge to populations…

The Basics

Do you enjoy watching wildlife at home? Perhaps you’re a hunter or land owner who wants to make your property better for whatever species interests you. Maybe you have nuisance animals that you need to take care of, or perhaps you just want to better understand the interconnectedness of the world around you. Never fear,…

The Journey Begins

Thanks for joining me! In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks. – John Muir Take a look at the fish I’m holding in my hand. Have you ever seen anything like it? Look at those colors! This must be some exotic fish from a coral reef in the ocean somewhere right?!…