by Anna Mitterling, Wildlife Cooperative Coordinator, MUCC
When you are looking to "manage" deer, it is very helpful to collect information that clues you into understanding deer numbers in your area and their impact on their habitat. Trail cameras can help estimate numbers of deer, and browse impact studies can help determine the impact they are having on their food source. If deer are over eating their food source, even without knowing "how many" deer there are, you should know that more does need to be harvested for the sake of the health of the herd. The deer browse impact survey is a great tool that gets out out into the woods and helps you evaluate the level of impact deer are having. Below we cover some of the basics, however there are links to articles with more details at the end of this blog.
With the warmer temperatures and frequent rains that come along with the spring season, it’s the perfect time to start planting trees for wildlife! Volunteers with MUCC’s Wildlife Habitat Program aren’t hesitating to get started and will be planting mast-producing trees and shrubs this Saturday in the Barry-Middleville State Game Area. Then, next week on Wednesday, volunteers in the Northeast region will be removing invasive Scotch pine from a Jack pine plantation to improve wildlife habitat and the native tree species growth. Also coming up on April 1st, volunteers in the Southeast region will be building brush piles for rabbitat in the Chesterfield Mini State Game Area in Macomb County; see more details and RSVP here. See what other three planting projects are scheduled for April 2017 and RSVP to volunteer for wildlife at an event near you at www.mucc.org/ontheground