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Seasonal Feeding Habits Of White-Tailed Deer In Southern Maryland

Food habits of white·tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) were studied on a 526·ha mixed forest-grassland site at Blossom Point, on the coastal plain of Maryland. The rumen contents of 2 deer shot per month for a year and a winter browse survey were used to define seasonal variations in plant species utilization. Mushrooms and the fruits of dwarf sumac (Rhus copallina) and oaks (Quercus spp.) were utilized in the fall. In winter, a large portion of the diet was Virginia pine (Pinus virginiana), honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica), and rushes. In the spring, a shift to herbaceous material...


Observations and Suggested Management Practices for the Endangered Delmarva Fox Squirrel

The Delmarva fox squirrel (Sciurus niger cinereus) and the gray squirrel (Sciurns carolinemis) occupied nest boxes placed in four separate woodlots on Maryland's Eastern Shore. During each season, a large proportion (42%-58%) of the boxes were not occupied, indicating that a lack of nesting sites is not limiting the abundance of Delmarva fox squirrels. The status of the Delmarva fox squirrel at all four sites is precarious. Management of the Delmarva fox squirrel must be based on the best available knowledge. Data pertaining to this squirrel are limited because of its scarcity and, until...