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Posted on November 20th, 2020 in Forestry, How To, Wildlife | No Comments »

You can improve the taste and enjoyment of your wild venison by following a few important tips that our extension specialists and educators shared in the FNR Facebook LIVE session from November 12th.

Many easy step by step resources are available and were shared in the video including How to Score Your White-tailed Deer to Cutting, Grinding & Packaging.  More Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural resources:

Video Series:
Handling Harvested Game: Episode 1, Field Dressing
Handling Harvested Game: Episode 2, Hanging & Skinning
Handling Harvested Game: Episode 3, Deboning
Handling Harvested Game: Episode 4, Cutting, Grinding & Packaging

Feel free to continue to send in your deer questions to the Ask an Expert web page. If you have any other questions regarding trees, forest management, wildlife, wood products or natural resource be sure to submit those questions by utilizing the Ask an Expert.

Publications and More Videos:
White-Tailed Deer Post Harvest Collection, video, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Deer Harvest Data Collection, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension-Forestry & Natural Resources (FNR)
Age Determination in White-tailed Deer, video, The Education Store
How to Build a Plastic Mesh Deer Exclusion Fence, The Education Store
Purchase Your 2020-2021 Hunting License, Now Available Online, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension-FNR
Indiana Hunting & Trapping Season 2020-2021 (pdf), Indiana Department of Natural Resources, Department of Fish & Wildlife
Indiana Hunting & Trapping Guide, IN DNR, Department of Fish & Wildlife

Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources

Jonathan Ferris, Wayne County Extension Director
Purdue Extension

Dave Osborne, County Extension Director
Purdue Extension

Rod N Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on November 17th, 2020 in How To, Land Use, Plants, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

wildlifeFoodPlotEstablishmentManagementFlyerPurdue Extension in Lawrence and Washington Counties invites anyone interested in wildlife management to join the Wildlife Food Plot Establishment & Management webinar featuring Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist on Thursday, December 3, 2020, beginning at 11:30 am.

Topics include:

  • Seed Selection
  • Site Preparation
  • Soil Testing
  • Planting and Establishment
  • Management and Weed Control

To join the webinar and/or to receive the webinar recording, pre-registration is required by Tuesday, December 1, 2020. For questions about the webinar, contact Purdue Extension – Lawrence Co. at odavis@purdue.edu or 812-275-4623 or Purdue Extension – Washington County at dhowellw@purdue.edu or 812-883-4601.

For more information, please view the flyer.

Resources
Soil Sampling Guidelines, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Calibrating a No-Till Drill for Conservation Plantings and Wildlife Food Plots, The Education Store
Native Warm-Season Grasses: Identification, Establishment, and Management for Wildlife and Forage Production in the Mid-South, The Education Store
Pure Live Seed: Calculations and Considerations for Wildlife Food Plots, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Seed Fillers and Carriers for Planting Native Warm-season Grasses and Forbs, Got Nature? Blog
Tips for Evaluating a First Year Native Grass and Forb Planting, Got Nature? Blog
A Woodland Management Moment, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources YouTube Channel
Wildlife Habitat Hint, Playlist
Habitat Help LIVE Q&A – Native Grasses and Forbs for Wildlife, Video

Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on November 13th, 2020 in Forestry, How To, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

In this first of five prescribed fire ignition technique videos, Purdue Extension wildlife specialist Jarred Brooke describes a backing fire. A backing fire is what we use to start most prescribed fires as it gives a result of a slow moving fire, one with short flame lengths that is easy to control compared to other firing techniques.

If you have any questions regarding wildlife, trees, forest management, wood products, natural resource planning or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Wildlife Habitat Hint, Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resouces YouTube channel
Wildlife Habitat Hint: Late Growing Season Prescribed Fire, Video
Renovating Native Warm-Season Grass Stands for Wildlife: A Land Manager’s Guide, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Prescribed fire: 6 things to consider before you ignite, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension – 4Forestry and Natural Resources

Jarred Brooke, Wildlife Extension Specialist
Purdue Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on November 4th, 2020 in Forestry, How To, Plants, Timber Marketing, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment studies three treatment types to look at their effects on vegetation and wildlife in the forest. Today we look at uneven-aged management, a technique commonly used by state forestry agencies.

The 100 year study, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), brings pertinent forest management data to many in Indiana. HEE Extension publications continue to share topics including: Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, Sustaining our Oak-Hickory Forests, Forest Birds and more.

To learn more about this 100 year forest management plan and see its impacts, check out the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) website.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forests, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), Playlist,  Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
A Woodland Management Moment, Playlist
Woodland Stewardship for Landowners, Playlist
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Indiana Forestry and Wildlife, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
Resources and Assistance Available for Planting Hardwood Seedlings, The Education Store

Charlotte Owings, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Project Coordinator
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


NOTAwardBannerCalling all teachers and parents: Do you need some new ideas on how to get students out in nature or teach them science lessons?

We’ve got you covered with our Nature of Teaching program. We’ve created more than 40 sneak peek videos that introduce you to our lesson plans, offering a quick way for teachers and other K-12 leaders to view the lessons as well as the related activities.

Many of the lesson plans meet state specifications for Next Generation Science Standards and/or Core Standards, while also offering informal curriculum items and fun activities for all K-12 leaders.

Sneak Peek Video Set Up on Web

The Nature of Teaching program offers three areas of formal and informal activity-based curricula centered around getting youth outside: wildlife, health and wellness, and food waste.

Sneak Peeks videos include topics ranging from producers, consumers and natural resources and food waste from farm to fork, to exploring nature with your senses and emotional vocabulary exploration, to trees of the Midwest and healthy water/happy home.

Subscribe to the Nature of Teaching YouTube Channel for more Wildlife, Food Waste, and Health and Wellness information.

Resources
Nature of Teaching Website
Nature of Teaching Youtube Channel
Nature of Teaching Program Receives Environmental Education Award, College of Agriculture, Purdue University
Resourceful Animal Relationships, The Education Store, Purdue Extension resource center
The Nature of Teaching: Food Waste Solutions, The Education Store
Benefits of Connecting with Nature, The Education Store

Rod N Williams, Professor of Wildlife Science
Purdue University Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on October 28th, 2020 in Forestry, How To, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

You can now purchase your 2020-21 deer hunting bucklicense online with the new secure portal, Indiana DNR Licenses & Permits. Deer hunting with firearms starts November 14th and goes to November 29th. For schedule view: Indiana Hunting & Trapping Season 2020-2021 (pdf). Free youth hunting days are scheduled for November 28th and 29th. For more information view: Indiana DNR Youth Hunting Information.

A valid Indiana deer hunting license, resident youth hunt/trap, or comprehensive lifetime hunting license is required to hunt for deer unless you meet one of the license exemptions. License exemptions can be found on the Hunting and Trapping Guide webpage.

All deer harvested in Indiana must be reported within 48 hours of the time of harvest at an on-site check station, online at the Indiana Online Game Check webpage, through your Indiana Fish & Wildlife Account or by phone at 1-800-419-1326. On-site check stations information can be found on the DNR: Indiana Hunting Check Stations webpage.

Subscribe to the Indiana’s Outdoor News, MyDNR for future events, discounts and recreational opportunities.

Enjoy the outdoors!

Other Resources
Age Determination in White-Tailed Deer video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources (FNR) YouTube Playlist
How to Score Your White-Tailed Deer video, Purdue Extension – FNR YouTube Playlist
White-Tailed Deer Post Harvest Collection video, Purdue Extension – FNR YouTube Playlist
Handling harvested Game From Field to Table, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension – FNR
Deer Harvest Data Collection, Got Nature? Blog, Purdue Extension – FNR
Prepare Now to Collect Deer Harvest Data, Quality Deer Management Association

Indiana Department of Natural Resources/Department of Fish and Wildlife


Posted on October 16th, 2020 in Forestry, Plants, Urban Forestry, Wildlife, Woodlands | No Comments »

Small mammals, such as chipmunks and mice aren’t just cute to look at, they actually serve a purpose in our forest ecosystems. Check out what small mammals are found on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment and the mutually beneficial relationship they have with the forest.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forests, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Website
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Indiana Forestry and Wildlife, The Education Store
The Nature of Teaching: Unit 4, Mammals and Ecosystems, The Education Store

Charlotte Owings, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Project Coordinator
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on October 15th, 2020 in Forestry, Wildlife | No Comments »

Have you ever picked up a log and found a salamander underneath it? This is an every day occurance on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment as researchers count and identify species in the fall and spring to see how they react to the various woodland treatments on the HEE. Project director Charlotte Owings shares more.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forests, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Help the Hellbender, Playlist
Ask an Expert: Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) Birds and Salamander Research, Video
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Website
Help the Hellbender, Website
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Indiana Forestry and Wildlife, The Education Store

Charlotte Owings, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Project Coordinator
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Posted on October 7th, 2020 in Forestry, Forests and Street Trees, Plants, Wildlife | No Comments »

Join Charlotte Owings, project coordinator on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, as she shares about one of the study subjects on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), moths.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forests, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Website
Gypsy Moth In Indiana, Website
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Indiana Forestry and Wildlife, The Education Store

Charlotte Owings, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Project Coordinator
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


Bats are often overlooked but data gathered by the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE) 100 year, large-scale experimental study reminds us the key role they have in our forests as they eat insects and pests including mosquitoes, spiders and more.

Learn about the bat research that is happening as part of the HEE.

If you have any questions regarding trees, forests, wildlife, wood products or other natural resource topics, feel free to contact us by using our Ask an Expert web page.

Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment (HEE), Playlist, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Website
Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment – Wildlife Responses to Timber Harvesting, The Education Store, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources
The Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment: Indiana Forestry and Wildlife, The Education Store
Ask An Expert: Bats on the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, Video, Purdue Extension – Forestry and Natural Resources Facebook

Charlotte Owings, Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment Project Coordinator
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources


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