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RGS Maryland Wildlife Habitat Seminar

The February 10, 2011 seminar agenda is presented below with accompanying video(s) of each speaker's presentation.* RGS members, landowners, hunters and others are encouraged to Bookmark/Favorite this page and watch each of the presentations to gain a better understanding of the issues facing young forest (early successional) wildlife, such as the American woodcock, ruffed grouse, bobwhite quail, and many other species; and the agencies and organizations attempting to halt the loss of young forest habitats and the species that depend on them. Information is also presented on how you can improve your own property for wildlife. Total length of all videos is just under 3 hours 20 minutes.

* Due to restrictions imposed by YouTube, which hosts these as well as many other RGS or related videos, presentations are split into multiple segments of less than 15 minutes. Videos are also high quality so hesitations in download/viewing may make it desirable to either download and watch later or to briefly start to watch a video and then click the Pause button so the download gets ahead of the playback.

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Introduction by Sponsor and Host & Ruffed Grouse Society Regional Director -- Robert “Mac” Macdonald, RGS Life Sponsor, & Dave Hansroth, RGS Mid-Atlantic Regional Director intro at 6:42

Mac managed his family 94-acre waterfront farm on Ross Neck Road outside of Cambridge MD.  His passion for wildlife habitat management started in 1975 when he began multiple habitat projects around the property.  He graduated from Mississippi State with a BS degree in Landscape Contracting.  Prior to selling the farm in 2009, it was common to see 2 and sometimes 3 coveys of wild quail.  The pinnacle of his success was seeing the mating flight of a male woodcock one evening in an area that 4 years before was tilled for corn and soy beans.   He has assisted numerous land owners in their pursuit to bring back quail on their property. See the ad below to order his Quail Habitat Case Study publication or download it here free.

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Dave has a BS in Wildlife Biology from West Virginia University and a MA in Environmental Science from Hood College.  Dave will discuss “What Is the Ruffed Grouse Society and how is it Working for You - the Hunter and Conservationist?”

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St. Michaels Christmas Bird Count & Breeding Bird Surveys -- Dr. Wayne H. Bell, Senior Associate, Washington College & Past-President, Maryland Ornithological Society, Inc.

Dr.  Bell will discuss the results of this year’s annual St. Michaels Christmas Bird Count as it pertains to Quail, Woodcock and Song Birds on the Eastern Shore.  This is a good detecting survey and index that has many years of data for the bird populations on the Eastern Shore.   

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Ecology and Management of American Woodcock & RGS Projects -- Mark Banker, then RGS Senior Biologist

Mark received his BS degree in Wildlife Science from Penn State and Masters in Wildlife Science from Virginia Tech.  He will discuss the many projects the Ruffed Grouse Society is working on for your benefit in Maryland and around the country.  He will give a presentation on the American woodcock’s ecology and management, habitats, how to create it, the reason for its decline, the turnaround, ideas on what landowners can do to increase its numbers.

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American Woodcock Conservation Plan & Appalachian Mountain Woodcock Initiative -- Tom Mathews, Maryland DNR Wildlfie Biologist, Retired & Wildlife Management Institute contract wildlife biologist

Tom will discuss the American Woodcock Conservation Plan, why the decline of woodcock populations, and national efforts to restore woodcock to historical efforts.   He will present an overview of the Appalachian Mountain Woodcock Initiative www.timberdoodle.org , discuss Best Management Practices for woodcock, and outline efforts to establish woodcock demonstration areas in Maryland.

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The Northern Bobwhite in Maryland -- Bob Long, MD DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service Upland Game Bird Project Leader

Bob completed his Bachelor’s degree from Virginia Tech and Master’s degree from West Virginia University, both in Wildlife Management.  He will discuss quail ecology, factors that caused the decline, habitat requirements, and “myths” about pen raised birds and predators.  Included will be 5 things the landowner can do as soon as they get home to increase the quail population on their property.

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Timber Harvesting and Early Successional Habitat -- Nevin Dawson, University of MD Extension, Wye Research & Education Center

Nevin works with forest landowners to establish and improve management on their wooded land.  He is also the coordinator for Maryland/Delaware Master Logger program. Please visit www.naturalresources.umd.edu for more information and news on upcoming events. Nevin has a B.S. in Forest Science from Penn State University, and  M.S. in Forestry from North Carolina State University. 

Today Nevin will discuss the vital need for early successional forest and its many benefits as part of a mosaic landscape.  He will highlight the necessity of a forest stewardship plan and the best practices for developing a plan. He will also discuss how a timber harvest can help you meet your goals of profit, enhanced habitat, and better aesthetics while minimizing environmental impact and increasing the overall diversity in a landscape.  He will present five things the landowner can do as soon as they get home to improve the quality of wildlife within their woodlands on their property.

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Opportunities for Financial Support for Developing and Managing Wildlife Habitat -- Steve Strano, NRCS State Biologist

Steve is the State Biologist for USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. I have a B.S. in Environmental Studies and an M.S. in Ecological Engineering. I’ve worked for NRCS for 13 years, 8 years of which were spent working directly with landowners to implement habitat restoration and water quality projects on the lower shore and in southern Maryland. In my current position, I work on development and assessment of techniques for ecological restoration to be applied throughout the State.

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