Woodpecker Ecology & Damage Management

Woodpeckers are attractive, interesting visitors to bird feeders and yards. In addition to adding beauty to the landscape, woodpeckers are an integral part of the ecosystem. Woodpeckers are primary cavity nesters, which means that they use their bills (and reinforced skull structure) to excavate holes into dead wood. Woodpeckers use the cavities they create for […]

Hummingbirds in the Garden

Hummingbirds are a large group of tiny birds with iridescent feathers, looking like sparkling jewels zipping among the flowers. These nectar-feeding birds utilize a wide range of plants to supply their enormous metabolic needs. Learn more about this fascinating group of birds and how to encourage ruby-throated hummingbirds, the Midwest’s only hummingbird species, in your garden in this article…

Rabbit Ecology and Damage Management

This publication describes the lives, habits, and habitat of the eastern cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare, both natives of Wisconsin. These creatures consume lots of different kinds of food, including garden vegetables and flowers in spring and summer, and bark of woody plants in fall and winter—which is why they are not welcome guests in everyone’s back yard.

Controlling Deer Damage in Wisconsin

Scott Craven, Scott Hygnstrom, Philip Peterson Revised:  1/24/2001 Item number:  G3083 Illustrates numerous methods for protecting crops and other property from deer. Offers designs for deer fences and other constructions, along with a list of repellents and scare devices (8 pages). Download Article

Mole Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake In this, the third publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the curious habits and underground way of life of Wisconsin’s two kinds of moles. They discuss how to limit the damage these velvety animals may cause, either by cutting off their food supply (which […]

Outdoor Hazards in Wisconsin: A Guide to Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

Scott R. Craven, Phillip J. Pellitteri, Mark J. Renz Revised:  1/15/2010 Item number:  G3564 Wisconsin’s bountiful natural resources make it an ideal place for outdoor recreation. Most plants and creatures you encounter won’t hurt you, but timber rattlesnakes, yellow jackets, wild parsnip, and others can be troublesome. This guide will help you recognize, avoid, and […]

Raccoon Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): Scott Craven, David Drake In this, the fifth publication in the “Living With Wildlife in Wisconsin” series, the authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of the raccoon, that clever creature whose versatility and energy can make him both entertaining and troublesome. The authors describe the economic and ecological benefits provided by raccoons. They […]

Skunk Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): Jacob Behrens, Courtney Losser, David Drake, Jason Suckow, Brad Koele In the ninth publication in the Living with Wildlife in Wisconsin series, the authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of skunks. They suggest nonlethal ways of mitigating the damage that skunks may cause, including prevention, exclusion, live trapping, and harassment. Lethal management techniques […]

Chipmunk and Ground Squirrel Ecology and Damage Management

Author(s): David Drake, Carolin Tappe, Ryan Klausch, Jason Suckow In the 11th publication of the Living with Wildlife series, authors describe the life, habits, and habitat of chipmunks and ground squirrels as well as nonlethal and lethal ways of mitigating the damage they cause (4 pages; 2013). Download Article

Plants Not Favored by Deer

If deer visit your property, you’ve likely already experienced the frustration of having landscape plants destroyed overnight. Before planting (or replanting), check out this list of trees, shrubs, flowers, herbs, and grasses that deer tend to avoid.

Slugs

Phil Pellitteri, UW Insect Diagnostic Lab Revised:  5/25/2010 Item number:  XHT1040 Slugs are legless, soft-bodied creatures that resemble snails without a shell.  Slugs feed on a wide range of plants including ornamentals, vegetables and fruits.  A number of species of slugs are found in Wisconsin, but gray and spotted garden slugs are the most common, […]

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