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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

Wild Pig Video

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 »

That Deer Fawn Isn’t an Orphan – Leave it Alone

Every year, a countless number of deer fawns are “rescued” by good Samaritans. Unfortunately, more often than not, these fawns are not abandoned by their mothers. Rather, a female deer (called a doe) will often leave her fawn alone in an attempt to protect it from predators. While rescuers’ intentions are noble, by removing fawns from the wild, they are ... Read More »

Bioretention Workshop Set for Nov. 4

A bioretention design, implementation and vegetation workshop is set for Nov. 4 near Birmingham.  It is part of a low impact development series geared towards design and engineer professionals, landscaping professionals and local, state and federal government agency representatives interested in learning about current engineering and design calculations, maintenance practices and vegetation selection. The workshop will be located at the Alabama ... Read More »

H20 To Go: Water Wheels Mobile Lab

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Place a gallon jug of water next to a penny with 33 drops of water on it on a table. If the gallon jug is all the water on Earth, the drops on the penny represent the little amount of consumable water on Earth. That is just one of the memorable demonstrations, showing the importance of water conservation, that Water ... Read More »