FAQ How do I Attract More Wildlife to My Land

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FAQ   How do I Attract More Wildlife to My Land?Forest edge

This is a common question that the Foresters and Wildlife Specialists at Woodland Management Service are asked.

Of course the next question that we ask the client is, “What type of Wildlife would you like to encourage?”

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Regardless of which type of Wildlife they are looking for we know that the most important key to maximum Wildlife Habitat is “Edge”.

Edge is basically the area between two or more ecosystems (timber types, timber ages, non forested areas, wetlands, etc.).

It is our job to know which Edge types are needed for the types of Wildlife that our clients would like to attract.

And our next step is to know how to create suitable habitat that will accomplish this maximum edge goal, via different types of cutting, flooding, planting, etc.deer

A few examples of this include Whitetail Deer who like to spend their summers traveling between Cover such as dense forestland and Food such as grasslands or agricultural crops. 

In the winter, Deer will spend most of their time traveling between Food such as last year’s clearcut where they find tender sprouts and Thermal Cover such as dense Pines, Spruce, or Hemlock.

grouseAnother common example includes Ruffed Grouse who do most of their traveling between the edge types on a seasonal basis, spending their time in young pole stands during the mating or drumming season, spending their time in recent clearcuts while feeding the young chicks ample insects that are found in these dense areas, and then spending their Winters in the tops of mature Aspen eating lots of nutritious buds to sustain them through a cold winter. 

Having a good mix of these great cover/food types close to each other will do a lot to attract and keep great populations of these wonderful birds.Forest edge

In our part of the country water is not generally a limiting factor since it is everywhere, but in more arid parts of the country a water based edge component can be the most critical factor.

To learn more about how you can create a Wildlife Paradise on your land, give us a call and we can help you out.


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Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Very interesting Bob Crane and great information for land owners!

Nov 13, 2017 06:23 PM #13
Susan McCall, Everyone needs a home
Compass Realty Solutions, Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA - Portland, OR
Quickly, professionally and with a little fun!

Fun to learn about living outside the city. I live on a small lot close in to the downtown area of Portland.  Although I do not intentioanlly do anything to attact wildlife, however, my neighbor does with chickens.  Chickens attract creatures looking for food also, like possom, raccoons and my personal favorite...rats.  Ah wildlife.

Nov 13, 2017 07:01 PM #14
Mega Team Real Estate
Realty ONE Group Alliance - San Mateo, CA
San Francisco and Peninsula Real Estate Concierge

Very interesting. Thank for sharing great feature. 

Nov 13, 2017 08:03 PM #15
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

It takes an ecological balance and you are the ones to educate on this topic. Congrats on the feature.

Nov 13, 2017 08:35 PM #16
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL Real Estate GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

This great post is a great example of knowing your market and becoming the expert.

Thanks for sharing. 

Nov 14, 2017 06:00 AM #17
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

If you want Nature As Neighbors, call Bob. This is possibly one of my favorite posts from you. Creating wildlife habitat in a world where we are slowly eating it up with development is crucial. Thanks. D 

Nov 14, 2017 06:24 AM #18
M.C. Dwyer
Century 21 Showcase REALTORs - Felton, CA
Santa Cruz Mountains Property Specialist

What a wonderful post. I hope landowners and natural inhabitants of your area embrace and benefit respectively from this concept!

Nov 14, 2017 07:15 AM #19
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

You are the expert on wildlife management on forested land, that's for sure!  Great post for anyone seeking how to attract more wildlife to land! 

Nov 14, 2017 08:25 AM #20
Luke Acree
ReminderMedia - King of Prussia, PA
Making Agents Memorable

Brings new meaning to finding one's "edge."

Nov 14, 2017 08:46 AM #21
John Meussner
Mason-McDuffie Mortgage, Conventional Loans, Jumbo Loans, FHA, 203(k), USDA, VA, - Walnut Creek, CA
#MortgageMadeEasy Walnut Creek, CA 484-680-4852

Great read, Bob, thanks for sharing.  Interesting to know the ins and outs of animal behavior.  

Nov 14, 2017 09:26 AM #22
Nick & Trudy Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Tredyffrin Easttown Realtors, Philly Main Line

Great educational post. Would not have thought all of that was important to know, but of course should have realized with your expertise this is pretty much common knowledge.

Nov 14, 2017 12:33 PM #23
Dorie Dillard
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good evening Bob Crane ,

It's so interesting to read what all you are involved with..you are not just selling real estate you are helping create a paradise for homeowners.

Nov 14, 2017 06:47 PM #24
Debra Leisek
Bay Realty,Inc Homer Alaska - Homer, AK

You truly love the land and your job! So interesting to be part of helping create habitat for the critters! thank you!

Nov 14, 2017 11:14 PM #25
Liz and Bill Spear
RE/MAX Elite 513.520.5305 www.LizTour.com - Mason, OH
RE/MAX Elite Warren County OH (Cincinnati/Dayton)

We get plenty of critters thanks to living on wooded land.  I could actually stand to have fewer deer mistaking our flower gardens for a deer buffet :)

Nov 15, 2017 12:18 PM #26
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

Bob, thank you for your explanations, I wasn't aware of the term "edge" and learnt something new!

Nov 15, 2017 07:06 PM #27
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

This is not a question I have ever asked myself. I have enough possums, skunks and raccoons running wild in my yard.

On the other hand, i could use a few more migrating birds!

Nov 15, 2017 07:18 PM #28
Joan Cox
Metro Brokers - House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, not being a hunter, and not much land close to use for hunting, have not thought of this.  Great post.

Nov 16, 2017 03:13 PM #29
Gabe Sanders
Real Estate of Florida specializing in Martin County Residential Homes, Condos and Land Sales - Stuart, FL
Stuart Florida Real Estate

Thanks for the informative post, Bob.  Around here most folks are trying to keep wildlife out of their yards.  

Nov 17, 2017 05:25 AM #30
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m sure if we want to cook them delicious food, I think the surrounding area will be filled with animals lol. :)

Nov 19, 2017 11:35 PM #31
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Gabe Sanders I think everybody tries to stay informative in general, but you have gone a little bit beyond, and that’s cool!

Nov 19, 2017 11:36 PM #32
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