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Protect Your Pets From the Summer Heat

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AUBURN, Ala. – With summer on its way, temperatures are steadily rising. Soon, most days could see temperatures ranging in the late 80s to the upper 90s. During times of high temperatures, owners must protect their pets from the dangers of heat-related illnesses. Keep Pets Hydrated Robert Spencer, an Alabama Extension animal science specialist, said it is important to take extra ... Read More »

Attracting and Feeding Hummingbirds

AUBURN, Ala. – Homeowners and bird enthusiasts can find hummingbirds in yards all over the state. Each spring, people enjoy putting out hummingbird feeders as a welcome to these tiny, beautiful creatures. Attracting hummingbirds can be done easily by following a few simple steps. These are sure to convince hummingbirds to be a seasonal visitor to your home. Characteristics Ruby-throated ... Read More »

Mountain Lions In Alabama?

AUBURN, Ala. – We have seen them in movies and on the internet, but can we find mountain lions in Alabama? Commonly found in western parts of the United States, scientists say their range is expanding. The most recent confirmed sighting nearest to Alabama happened September 2016 in Wayne County Tennessee. This county borders the north-western part of Alabama. Does this ... Read More »

Heavy Rains May Bring Flash Floods and Flooding to Alabama

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AUBURN, Ala.—The National Weather Service in Mobile has issued warnings for “extreme”, “elevated” and “significant” threats of flooding in parts of southern Alabama. Significant rainfall is expected, with 6 to 12 inches expected in the “extreme” threat areas. Other areas may experience 5 to 8 inches of rainfall. Minor to moderate flooding along rivers and creeks may occur as well ... Read More »

Alabama’s Most Venomous Snake

AUBURN, Ala. –The eastern coral snake tops the chart as the most venomous snake in Alabama. While not as well-known as other venomous snakes, the coral snake has the most toxic venom of any snake native to the U.S. When bitten, the neurotoxins in the venom can cause a variety of symptoms including muscle weakness and paralysis, as well as ... Read More »

Attracting and Feeding Bluebirds

AUBURN, Ala. – Bluebirds are known to be beautiful singers and are popular among bird watchers. Year after year they build their nests in the yards of many Americans, providing a free, spring time concert. There are several things that homeowners can do to attract these birds so they can experience their beauty. Attracting Bluebirds Roosevelt Robinson, an Alabama Extension home grounds regional agent, ... Read More »

Beware of Ticks When Outdoors

AUBURN, Ala. – Spending time outdoors during the warmer days of the year can be fun for all ages. However, outdoors pests, such as ticks, can put a damper on these outdoors activities. Ticks are abundant and aggressive in many places across the county. They can transmit diseases such as lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever and alpha-gal (red meat) allergy. ... Read More »

Managing Spring Pests

AUBURN, Ala.—Spring time brings warmer weather and blooming plants, but it also bring spring pests. Whether it is in the garden or at home, people needs to know how to deal with these pests. “Just as spring weather conditions change considerably from year to year, so can the time to take action against certain insects,” said Dr. Xing Ping Hu, ... Read More »

SmartMap Workshop Registration Now Open

AUBURN, Ala.—Calling all forest managers and outdoor aficionados! Registration is now open for SmartMap, a hands-on introductory workshop, providing training for use of smart devices (smart phone and tablets) and UAVs in forest and land management. What to Expect at a SmartMap Workshop Dr. Beau Brodbeck, an Alabama Extension regional agent of forestry and wildlife management, said a variety of ... Read More »

Cold Snap Won’t Faze Insect Pests

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AUBURN, Alabama—If the recent cold snap had hopes of an insect-free season springing to mind, think again. Even after a week of frigid temperatures—uncharacteristic even for Alabama winters—insects will likely survive. Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an Alabama Extension entomologist said insects are not usually susceptible to cold temperatures. “Some crops, fruit trees and even livestock animals may fall prey to ... Read More »