Purdue Publications

Below is a sample of some of the numerous Forestry and Natural Resource publications and videos. Extension publication numbers ending with “W” are available as a pdf download on the web.  Publications, apps and videos are available on the web through the Purdue Extension resource center at https://www.purdue.edu/fnr/extension/resources/publications/

Forest Birds
Purdue University Professor, Barny Dunning, and graduate student, Patrick Ruhl, discuss how disturbance and forest management impact birds. Management recommendations were developed from the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, a long-term, large-scale experimental study of forest management and its impacts on plants and animals.

Managing Woodlands for Birds
Purdue University Professor, Barny Dunning, teaches how forests are used by birds year round, important habitat features of woodlands that can benefit birds, and how woodland owners can enhance their property for birds. Management recommendations were developed in part from the Hardwood Ecosystem Experiment, a long-term, large-scale experimental study of forest management and its impacts on plants and animals.

Wildlife Habitat Education Program: Wildlife Identification Guide
The National 4-H Wildlife Habitat Education Program (WHEP) was created to introduce students to wildlife and fisheries management principles and techniques by developing knowledge of ecoregions, wildlife species natural history, and wildlife management practices. In 2014, the Wildlife Challenge activity was added to the National WHEP Invitational Career Development Event. The activity tests students’ identification skills and general knowledge of wildlife species. The ability to identify wildlife species is an important skill for students participating in WHEP. The species in this guide provide key identification characteristics of all species listed in the national WHEP manual.

Quail Habitat: Putting the Numbers in Perspective
As wildlife biologists, we often help people manage habitat for quail on their property. Every property is different, but areas with good quail numbers have one thing in common: quail-friendly habitat structure. The plant community on the property is especially important, but what plants do you need? It’s great if you know plant species beneficial to quail, but if you’re not a botanist, don’t sweat it. Just learn to recognize and manage for structure. If you’ve got the right structure, chances are the right plants will be present. This publication describes the critical habitat components required by quail.

Hellbender ID
In this video, Purdue Undergraduate Extension Intern Rebecca Busse teaches viewers how to identify the endangered eastern hellbender, how to tell the difference between a hellbender and a mudpuppy, and what you should do if you see a hellbender. You can learn more about the eastern hellbender by visiting this website.

Trees and Electric Lines
Electrical utility lines serve nearly every neighborhood, adding efficiency and luxury to every day of our lives. Likewise, trees enhance our neighborhoods and bring beauty to our surroundings. Trees improve our air and water quality. They shade our homes, screen undesirable views, and help reduce noise along with many other ecosystem services. For us to have both trees and electrical lines, those two things must share space where they sometimes conflict with each other. This publication outlines the issues surrounding the conflict between trees and electrical utility lines as well as ways to avoid that conflict.

Indian Creek Watershed Project: Key Takeaways for Success
The Indian Creek watershed project focused on improving water quality in a small agricultural watershed in central Illinois. The project encouraged local landowners to voluntarily adopt conservation practices and systems proven to improve on-farm nutrient use efficiency. Project staff members offered education, outreach, and information about cost-share funding. Their goals were to treat half of farmed acreage in the watershed and to measure water quality in Indian Creek to determine if large-scale voluntary adoption of such practices and systems improved water quality. CTIC engaged Purdue University to evaluate the project and document key project elements that contributed to the Indian Creek watershed project’s success. This publication summarizes key findings from that project evaluation.

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Mile-a-minute Vine
This four-page fact sheet in the Invasive Plant Series provides information on identifying and controlling this fast-growing vine within the buckwheat family. The publication, produced in partnership with Southern Indiana Cooperative Invasives Management, includes photos and additional Web resources.