The training manual for Master
Gardener and Master Naturalist volunteers, provides methods for managing wildlife damage, based on
applied research, for a variety of different species. We recommend
the latest control techniques within a framework of Integrated Pest Management
(IPM). We offer strategies for a variety of situations and species.
The main difference between the Master Gardener Training Program and the professional version of the NWCTP is more emphasis on habitat modification and exclusion and less emphasis on lethal, more hazardous control methods.
Several important topics are addressed,
including techniques, safety concerns, wildlife diseases, animal biology, legal
issues, and euthanasia. We have adapted this manual to an online format so
individuals can read the information at their own convenience via the web. This
manual focuses on all aspects of wildlife damage management (WDM) that are
essential for Master Gardener volunteers.
There are 12 core modules that teach the
basics of WDM. These basic principles will help you to apply the species
information. Species fact sheets for most of the common species are available on
this website. We recommend purchasing the professional version of the species
fact sheets for you office.
Volume 2 contains biology, damage identification, control methods, and disposition recommendations for the following species:
Northeastern Species Information
Birds (Fruit eating)
Venomous and Non-venomous Snakes