Maryland Envirothon Wildlife Resource Site

This is a study guide for advisors and students participating in the Maryland State Envirothon competition. It is not inclusive of all content you may need to know for the state competition. Students are expected to have a general knowledge and understanding of wildlife ecology, wildlife management and national and state legislation affecting wildlife.


2021 Virtual Envirothon

With the 2021 virtual event this year, students will still be expected to know basics of wildlife ecology and management, how to identify common animals using guides, and how to age and sex wild turkeys and white-tailed deer. Recommended study material includes the Wildlife Study Guide linked below, training videos, and the new PDF guides. Students will be provided the MD Mammals 2021 PDF, MD Herps 2021 PDF, and MD Birds 2021 PDF during the virtual test to use in lieu of field guides. They will not be expected to know how to use the Maryland Hunting Guide this year. ​

Wildlife Study Guide for Maryland Envirothon

Wildlife_Study_Guide.pdfWildlife Study Guide
Update​​d December 2015 Guide containing general information on wildlife ecology, wildlife management, wildlife legislation and important wildlife to know

Wildlife Ecology Resources


Birds of Maryland
Guide to Forest Interior Dwelling Birds
CommonFeederBirds.pdfCommon Feeder Birds
Peterson Field Guide to Birds of Eastern and Central North America, Sixth Edition by Roger Tory Peterson

Reptiles and Amphibians of Maryland​

herpchecklist.pdfChecklist of Maryland Reptile and Amphibian Species
CommonBackyardHerps.pdfCommon Backyard Herps
Common Snakes of Maryland Photo Guide
NEW - Peterson Field Guide to Reptiles and Amphibians of Eastern/Central North America, 4th edition by Roger Conant and Joseph T. Collins
Mammals of Maryland
​Peterson Field Guide to Mammals of North America by Fiona Reid
Rare, Threatened and Endangered Animals
rte_Animal_List.pdfList of Rare - Threatened and Endangered Animals
invasive.jpg Invasive and Exotic Species

Wildlife Management Resources

gobbler.jpg ​Sexing and Aging Keys
Turkey_Sexing_Aging.pdfSexing and Aging Wild Turkeys
Aging_Deer_Jawbones.pdfDeer Jawbone Aging Key

Wildlife Legislation Resources

Endangered Species Act of 1973
The Lacey Act of 1900
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Migratory Bird Treaty Act
Pittman-Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act

For more information, visit the Maryland Envirothon Website
Or, Contact: Kerry Wixted