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Hurricane Season Begins June 1

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AUBURN, Alabama — The 2017 Atlantic hurricane season begins June 1. That week throughout the nation is Hurricane Awareness Week. A campaign led by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and storm-vulnerable states are encouraging residents to increase their awareness and preparedness for the upcoming hurricane season. The peak period of the season is August through ... Read More »

Slime Molds, Nostoc Appear in Yards after Heavy Rains

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 AUBURN, Ala.—Many Alabama homeowners felt the effects of torrential downpours in the garden and in their yards. Dr. Dave Han, an Alabama Extension turfgrass management specialist, said homeowners may see a plethora of strange-looking organisms popping up in the yard. “Besides the usual mushrooms, moss and algae, two strange-looking things are popping up: slime molds and Nostoc,” Han said. Slime ... Read More »

Maintaining Pond Fertility for Good Fishing

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By William Heartsill AUBURN, Alabama — Spring and summer bass and bluegill fishing is in full swing. While it is a little late this year to start, you can still manage the fertility of your pond to keep the fishing good for the rest of the season. Dr. Rusty Wright, an Alabama Extension fisheries specialist, has some advice on how ... Read More »

Planting Indian Hawthorn

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AUBURN, Alabama — Spring is here and many people across the state are working in their gardens and yards. One plant that seems to be particularly popular this time of year is Indian Hawthorn (Rhaphiolepis species). Indian hawthorn is a small  shrub or ground cover native to southern China and Japan and cultivated across U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones ... Read More »

How to Make Your Lawn the Envy of the Neighborhood

Auburn, Alabama – With temperatures continuing to rise and summer only a few weeks away, people are beginning to break out the work gloves to start the process of lawn management. As nice as it is to have a lawn with beautiful green grass, the job of maintaining such a landscape can be difficult and require a considerable amount of ... Read More »

Buzzing Pest: Carpenter Bees

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AUBURN, Alabama — No one enjoys pests living around them. One pest in particular can cause destruction with its hole drilling abilities. Carpenter bees are large bees best known for boring holes in wood. An Alabama Extension entomologist said the only threat they pose is to the wood in buildings and homes.  Carpenter bees do not use wood as nutrition. In fact, carpenter ... Read More »

Fish Camp Slated for June

AUBURN, Alabama — Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Science and the Alabama Cooperative Extension System are offering a Fish Camp June 11-16. The camp is for young people aged 15 to 18, that have a knack for finding fun and adventure in nature and learning at the same time. Dr. David Cline, an Alabama Extension fisheries specialist and camp ... Read More »

Alabama Stormwater Forum Set for May

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AUBURN, Ala. — Spring showers are usually welcome, but when showers turn into storm, they can wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and the United States. The Alabama Stormwater Forum offers an opportunity to learn about different technologies and strategies to manage stormwater pollution. The forum is May 11-12 and will ... Read More »

Doyle Keasal Receives 2017 Outstanding Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year Award

 Auburn, Alabama —  Doyle Keasal, an Alabama Extension 4-H environmental education specialist in forestry, wildlife and natural resources, was chosen as the 2017 Alabama Project Learning Tree Educator of the Year. He is funded through a partnership between the Alabama Cooperative Extension System and the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF). Selection of Alabama’s PLT Outstanding Educator is based on commitment to environmental ... Read More »

Alabama Water Watch Offering Workshops in May and June

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AUBURN, Alabama — Alabama Water Watch will conduct several Exploring Our Living Streams workshops in May and June at various locations in the state.  Educators, including teachers, informal educators and volunteers are invited to register and attend. Participants will be certified to use Alabama Water Watch’s Exploring Our Living Streams curriculum, which encourages a hands-on approach to teaching students about ... Read More »