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Keep Pets Safe in the Winter

As winter approaches, it’s time to start preparing for ways to keep your outdoor furry friends safe from the harsh winter climate. So how can you ensure safety and comfort for your four-legged family members? Alabama Extension Specialist, Robert Spencer, has these tips and tricks on winter safety for outdoor pets. Fuuurrrrreezing Some people believe that an animal’s furry coat ... Read More »

How to Stay Safe During Tornado Season

Alabama is one of the few states in the United States that has a tornado season that technically occurs year-round. However, Alabama does have two peaks in the season, which are considered the most conducive to tornados. These two peaks occur from March to April and also the last two weeks of October through November. As the second peak in ... Read More »

Keeping Mice Out of Your House

Keeping Mice at Bay

Cooler weather has arrived, but with the cooler air also comes rodents. European house mice are gearing up for winter by searching for food and finding a place to keep warm.  Dr. Jim Armstrong, wildlife expert with Alabama Cooperative Extension System,  has some ideas on keeping mice at bay this fall. Native mice, such as the cotton mouse and the white-footed mouse, ... Read More »

Get Your Children Out In Nature

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Today’s families are busier than ever. Juggling jobs, schooling and extracurricular activities can be difficult, but it is important that children are exposed to nature regularly. “Getting children involved with nature helps them to develop into balanced and healthy people,” said Melanie Allen, a regional Extension agent for family and child development with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System. Letting children ... Read More »

Kick Pesky Invasive Plants to the Curb

Invasive plant species can be a nuisance year-round, but certain species are more obvious this time of year. According to invasive plant expert Dr. Nancy Loewenstein, “Invasive plant infestations can out-compete native species, eventually displacing or killing them, and impact wildlife habitat and nutrient cycling.” Loewenstein, a specialist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, says Chinese tallowtree, Bradford pear, Chinese ... Read More »

Pet Vaccines Best Defense Against Rabies

Rabies is a deadly disease with more than 7,000 cases of rabid animals spreading the disease to people nationally each year. The kinds of mammals that potentially carry rabies can vary depending on geographic location. “In Alabama, 39 animals tested positive for rabies in 2013, 55 were positive in 2012 and 82 were positive in 2011.” Dr. Soren Rodning, a veterinarian with the Alabama ... Read More »

Dealing With Wild Pigs

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Wild pigs  are a growing problem in nationally, ranging over 45 states. Pigs damage the environment and are also a threat to wildlife and humans. Both land owners and hunters are looking for answers to this problem. Experts agree that the rapid increase in the wild pig population is in large part due to humans and “trap and transfer.” Hunters are ... Read More »

Quality Drinking Water is a Joint Effort

One of the most important resources in any community is drinking water. It is necessary for industries including health care, agriculture, sanitation and other vital community functions. As communities collect water for consumption, from reservoirs or ponds, they are tapping into rich and complicated ecosystems. When the ecosystem is balanced, algae and other phytoplankton are frequently present at the base ... Read More »

Attracting Birds to Your Garden

Bird House Basics Observing wildlife is the second most done leisure activity in the United State, and birds are one of the most commonly observed types of wildlife. Bird watching has been, and still is, a captivating hobby nationally and internationally. Birds range in a variety of species, colors, sizes and characteristics- each displaying its own distinct routines and habits ... Read More »

Archery Season Opens This Month

Bowhunters in northern Alabama are already enjoying the start of archery season while hunters further south in the state will have to wait a few more days.  Opening day varies depending on which part of the state you live in because the state is now divided into northern Zone A and southern Zone B. Zone A began its season Oct. 15, ... Read More »