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Black Bears in Alabama

Black bears in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Black bears populate much of the Southeast. Alabama is no exception, and there have been more and more sightings of them within the state. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, sheds light on the current black bear population and what to do if you encounter one. “Black bears have always been native to the southeast. They ... Read More »

Pet Health Vaccinations: Also Important for Humans

AUBURN, Ala.—Making sure pets are up to date on all vaccinations is a big part of overall pet health. Vaccinating pets is important not only for the pet, but also for the owner. There are a number of diseases animals can contract if they are not up to date on vaccines. This puts the animal’s and owner’s health at risk. Check-ups ... Read More »

Watch Out For Snakes

AUBURN, Ala. – With warmer weather upon us, snakes and other wildlife are more active. It is not uncommon to run across a nonvenomous snake during the summer months. While venomous snakes are known as the bigger threat, nonvenomous snakes can still pose a health risk to people. They do not have venom to harm people, but a snake bite ... Read More »

Successful Food Plots Begin with Soil Testing

AUBURN, Ala. – Many hunters and outdoor enthusiasts plant food plots to help manage deer habitats. Today, more and more deer hunters implement warm and cool season food plots for a variety of purposes. When planting food plots, soil tests are crucial to a plot’s success. Extension professionals discuss the importance and the benefits of soil testing. Soil Testing is ... Read More »

Loewenstein Wins National Award for Leadership in Environmental Education

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama Extension specialist Dr. Nancy Loewenstein received the 2018 Leadership in Education award presented by Project Learning Tree® (PLT). Loewenstein was one of five people awarded at the PLT’s 32nd International Coordinators’ Conference, in Cody, Wyoming. Project Learning Tree is an environmental education program that educates teachers and youth about forests and the environment. This award recognizes people and ... Read More »

Look Out for Poisonous Plants

AUBURN, Ala. – Spring and summer months are perfect for outdoor activities. When camping or hiking, it is important to know what plants to avoid. Some poisonous plants can cause harm to humans and animals. Animals and Humans React Differently Some plants cause reactions or death in humans, but do not have the same effect on animals. Some animals are deathly effected by some plants, ... Read More »

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 »