Controlled burns benefit birding and cattle country

HDProducer | October 26, 2010 | Dr. Dale Rollins of the Rolling Plains Quail Research Ranch (Texas) describes the art of building good quail habitat and Prickly Pear control using fire.
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Public TV shares ideas to “keep hummingbirds happy”

Wisconsin Public Television offers us eight educational and entertaining minutes on the subject of hummingbird attractants. Not all of the plants mentioned are native to North America.

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New map shows nation’s vegetation in detail for the first time

Conservation Maven calls our attention to the newly released U.S. Geological Survey’s first detailed vegetation map of the contiguous 48 states. The map will serve to identify habitat and inform conservation managers about biological diversity in order to build predictive models of wildlife distribution and biodiversity across large geographic areas. View or download the map and read more here.

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Even one tree can make a difference

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Two new studies published in Biological Conservation indicate that isolated trees dotting agricultural lands prove valuable to wildlife. The two reports — one from Oregon and one from Eastern Australia — demonstrate that remnant tree populations provide significant ecosystem services. Read more here.

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