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Hunting Safety

Auburn, Ala.— Hunting season is right around the corner. Regardless of game, ammo or method, safety is always a top priority.  Bow season opens October 15 and gun season opens November 19. Marisa Lee Futral is the coordinator of hunter education for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources. Futral says there are 10 commandments of firearm safety to ... Read More »

Look Out for Yellow Jackets this Fall

Auburn, Alabama — Yellow jackets have their second peak of activity in the fall. Many people encounter and experience painful stings from these wasps during outdoor activities such as tailgating, picnics and parties. Yellow jackets are black-and-yellow social wasps.  Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said, hornets usually construct exposed nests in branches of ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

AUBURN, Ala. – While Alabama is dodging the fury of Hurricane Matthew, millions along the Atlantic coast from Florida to the Carolinas are in his path.  It is important for Alabama residents to remember the importance of being prepared for a hurricane or other severe weather. When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are ... Read More »

Brodbeck Cycles in Tour de Trees

Brodbeck

AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals are dedicated to their work, whether in or out of the office. One Alabama Extension agent is taking dedication and awareness to another level with a six-day, 610-mile bike ride. Beau Brodbeck, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resources agent based in Baldwin County, has been gearing up for the trip with months ... Read More »

Pesticide Clean Day Held in Macon County

AUBURN, Ala.— The Alabama Cooperative Extension System is partnering with the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries to facilitate “Clean Day” Sept. 14 in Macon County.  Clean Day provides a cost-free opportunity for farmers, pesticide applicators, pesticide dealers, pest control operators and nurserymen to dispose of up to 1,000 pounds of unwanted pesticides in a safe, environmentally sound way. Products that are ... Read More »

Flooding Can Happen in a Flash

Auburn, Ala.— Hurricane season is here, and several storms are circulating in the Atlantic. One storm, 99-L, is one Alabamians and people along the Southeast Coast should watch closely over the next five days. Weather forecasters are predicting the storm to move across the Bahamas and Florida and possibly enter the Gulf of Mexico. Forecasters say there is a 60 ... Read More »

4-H Members Participate in Quail Release

AUBURN, Ala. – Alabama 4-H members from Elmore County partnered with the Alabama Covey Rise Chapter of Quail Forever recently to release more than 375 young bobwhite quail. Laurie Weldon, an Alabama Extension regional 4-H agent in Elmore and Autauga counties, said that a call of a quail started her involvement in this project. “It was just a normal day ... Read More »

Doyle Keasal Named 2016 Conservation Educator of the Year

Auburn, Ala. — The Alabama Wildlife Federation recently presented the Governor’s Conservation Achievement Awards for 2016. Alabama Extension’s Environmental Educator Doyle Keasal was named the Conservation Educator of the Year. For more than 35 years, Keasal has worked in education. Throughout that time, conservation topics have always been an important component of his teaching and efforts to develop good stewards ... Read More »

Alabama Team Competes at National 4-H Forestry Invitational

Alabama was one of 17 states that competed in the 37th annual National 4-H Forestry Invitational, July 31- Aug. 4 at West Virginia University Jackson’s Mill State 4-H Camp and Conference Center near Weston, West Virginia. Teams from Arkansas, Tennessee and Florida placed first, second and third respectively. Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, ... Read More »

Water Gardens Bring Interest to a Yard

Water garden

AUBURN, Ala.- So you have a space in your backyard that you don’t know what to do with? Why not consider a water garden, they are relaxing, add color and character to an otherwise empty space. From fountains to small ponds, waterfalls and streams, there are many different options to fit your space. In an article by Alabama Extension horticulturist, ... Read More »