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Alabama Birding Trails Perfect for Summer

AUBURN, Ala.–Summers in Alabama are known for their heat and humidity, but a lesser-known attribute is the great bird watching that can be done almost anywhere in the state. With eight geographic regions and 270 sites, the Alabama Birding Trails are ideal places to do all of your bird watching this summer. Whether it’s a random day trip or a ... Read More »

Raptors Soar Above Alabama

Alabama has a wide variety of birds of prey throughout the state. “We have a good diversity of raptors in Alabama,” said Dr. Mark Smith. These birds can be migratory, but most will be in Alabama year round.  With spring here, people are spending more time outdoors and as such will be more likely to see an array of wildlife. This ... Read More »

Take Control of Fire Ants

Summer is here. Children are spending  more time outdoors enjoying the sun and their break from the classroom. Many parents and homeowners are concerned about how to clear their yard of insect pests, especially fire ants. Red and black imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta and Solenopsis richteri) are invasive species that not only bite, but also sting and inject venom that ... Read More »

Alabama and Mississippi Extension Partner to Bring Webinar Series on Tree Care in the Urban Landscape

Community Forestry teams from Alabama Extension and Mississippi State University Extension Service are partnering to conduct a webinar series to expand knowledge of how to maintain community forests in urban landscapes. Alabama Extension Regional Agent Arnold Brodbeck said, “We tried to keep the topics fairly broad to include professional arborists, landscape architects, municipalities who manage these trees within their towns ... Read More »

Urban Forestry: A Growing Industry

Although it may seem that much of the world is becoming more urban, there is proof that nature is spreading alongside of the urbanization – that proof is urban forestry. This industry is designed to plan for the planting, establishment and care of trees and green spaces in urban areas. Here in Alabama, the value of trees is oftentimes under-appreciated ... Read More »

Hatchet Creek Festival Floats to Its Third Year

Hatchet Creek

On May 30 and 31, 100 people of all ages will bob down the rippling Hatchet Creek for the third annual Hatchet Creek Festival. Alabama Scenic River Trail is sponsoring the two-day floating and overnight camping event, which was created by Roger Vines, recent county Extension coordinator retiree of Coosa County Extension office. Saturday, May 30, participants begin at the US-280 ... Read More »

Plants All Homeowners Can Manage

Crepe myrtle

AUBURN, Ala.-As spring approaches, many homeowners are looking to brighten up their homes with ornamental plants for the season. Not every plant requires high maintenance and a “green thumb.” Mike McQueen, a regional horticulture agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gives five plants all homeowners can manage. “These plants have many benefits to homeowners. From an outdoor perspective plant ... Read More »

Brighten Landscape–Feed The Birds

Although winter can be a cold and dreary season for many people, there are those who know a secret to happiness during the bitter weather – they participate in wild bird feeding. Now that sunny spring weather has arrived, it is the perfect time to join in on the fun. Dr. Jim Armstrong, a forestry and wildlife specialist with the Alabama ... Read More »

Snakes in Alabama: What You Need to Know

AUBURN, Ala.–Snakes are one type of wildlife that make many people anxious. But armed with some some basic information and facts, people can reduce their stress about snakes. More than 40 species live in Alabama . Only six of these are venomous. Whether you are hunting, camping or just venturing out into nature, it is important to learn the characteristics of venomous ... Read More »

Severe Weather Preparedness Month

AUBURN, AL.- Alabama is no stranger to severe weather. After the Tuscaloosa E4 tornado and the rest of the vicious storms that ravaged across the south and rattled the entire state just four short years ago, the importance of severe weather preparedness has never been more apparent, especially this time of year. According to Mother Nature Network, tornado season in ... Read More »