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Be Safe After a Disaster

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AUBURN, Ala. – The calm after the storm is when homeowners head out to assess damages to homes and property.  When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical and fire hazards and displaced wildlife. Follow ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

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AUBURN, Ala. – Hurricane Irma is now a Category 5 hurricane. Irma is expected to reach the northeastern Caribbean islands and Puerto Rico by Wednesday before possibly taking aim at the United States. A Category 5 hurricane can reach wind speeds over 157 mph. Now is the time to make sure you have completed your hurricane preparedness tasks. Hurricane Preparedness ... Read More »

Black Bears in Alabama: What to do in an encounter

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AUBURN, Alabama — Black bears populate the Southeast, and Alabama is no exception. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife scientist and professor in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, sheds light on the current black bear population and what to do if you encounter one. “Black bears have always been native to the southeast. They have always ... Read More »

Wildlife Scientist Chris Jaworowski and Alabama Extension a Good Match

AUBURN, Ala. – Growing up outdoors in Alabama, Chris Jaworowski, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resource agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, knew he wanted to spend his life doing something he loved. “I started hunting at an early age,” Jaworowski said. “I knew I wanted to be outside. That’s how I got into wildlife science.” Jaworowski, an Auburn ... Read More »

Venomous Snakes of Alabama: What You Need to Know

AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama is home to almost 50 species of snake, but only six of those are venomous snakes.  Although deaths from snakebites are relatively uncommon in Alabama, it is important to know how to identify and avoid poisonous snakes. The six venomous snakes of Alabama include the Eastern coral snake, copperhead, cottonmouth, Eastern diamondback, timber rattlesnake and pigmy rattlesnake. Alabama ... Read More »

Safeguard Pets in Summer Heat

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AUBURN, Alabama–As the state bakes with temperatures in the 90s, remember to protect pets from the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Alabama Extension specialist Robert Spencer says it’s important to take extra measures to keep pets hydrated in high temperatures. Plentiful Water Crucial “Pets should have access to fresh water at multiple locations,” he said.  “Animals may be unwilling to move about to access water. “Also, ... Read More »

Beware of Ticks this Summer

AUBURN, Alabama — Ticks are abundant and aggressive in many places across the county. In recent years, research has raised concerns about the prevalence, misdiagnosis and emergence of tick-borne illnesses that pose serious health risks. To avoid illness, it is important to take proactive steps that limit exposure and enable you to quickly identify disease symptoms and seek medical help. ... Read More »

Fox squirrels: The gray squirrel’s colorful cousin

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Auburn, Alabama — Have you ever wondered what species of squirrel roam around your backyard? The Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) is often found in Canada and the Eastern part of the United States. They are fairly common in Alabama and currently have a status of low conservation concern. This means their population size is doing well and they do ... Read More »

Proper Care for Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Feeders

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Auburn, Alabama –Ruby-throated hummingbirds are buzzing feeders across the state, having migrated back  from Central America. A species found in the eastern United States, ruby-throated hummingbirds are an eastern species of hummingbirds, found across Alabama. The males have ruby-colored throats while females have green-tinted throats. Like all hummingbirds, they are acrobatic and precise in their movements, as any hummingbird observer ... Read More »

Beware of Fire Ants During Heavy Rains and Floods

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AUBURN, Ala.— Tropical storm Cindy promises to bring heavy rains to Alabama and possibly flash flooding.  When floodwaters come, humans are not the only ones looking for dry ground. In areas infested with red imported fire ants, these ants and their colonies can present a potentially serious medical threat to people and animals during and after a flood. Flood Waters ... Read More »