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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

mobile lab demo

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 »

Keeping Bats Out of the House

Living in the South, you may be used to seeing wildlife. Opossums in the road and squirrels on trees are nothing to look twice at. You can look up at the sky around dark and see plenty of bats. You probably even chased the mice in the cornfield near your house as a child. All of these animals serve a purpose ... Read More »

Are Fleas Making You Itch?


The Low-Down on fleas Fleas, like many of nature’s pests, are persistent and hard to eliminate.  These pests are problematic because of their hardy, durable nature. It can sometimes take multiple approaches to rid your household of these pests. Although fleas are considered less dangerous than some common household pests, they should still be treated as quickly as possible. Your family pets ... Read More »

Wildlife Causing You Problems?


A fence and sign might be enough to keep your neighbor from trespassing through your yard, but wild animals are not always as courteous. Armadillos, bats, raccoons, opossums and coyotes are just a handful of animals commonly found that can cause damage to homes, lawns and gardens, frustrating many people. To help homeowners deal with unwanted or nuisance wildlife, wildlife ... Read More »