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Eating Venison

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AUBURN, Ala.—Now that deer hunting season is underway,  it is time to consider the benefits of eating venison. In Alabama, there is a wide variety of hunting one can do. Animals, such as deer, turkey, duck and wild hog hunting are plentiful in the state. Most of the time, what you harvest is served on your next dinner plate. This is particularly true in the case ... Read More »

Staying Safe While Hunting

Auburn, Ala.— Hunting safety is always a top priority regardless of game, ammo or method.  In Alabama, bow season is open now and gun season opens in mid-November for deer. Marisa Lee Futral, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources hunter education coordinator, says follow key guidelines for a safe hunting experience. Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety Treat every firearm with ... 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. Nesting Dr. Xing Ping Hu, an entomologist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said most yellow jacket species build nests in the ground. However, some construct nests in buildings, tree ... Read More »

Be Safe After a Disaster

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AUBURN, Ala. – The calm after the storm is when homeowners head out to assess damages to homes and property.  When natural disasters strike, take care of yourself and your family first. There are serious problems to deal with before recovery begins. Illness or injury may result from contaminated water, debris-filled roadways, electrical and fire hazards and displaced wildlife. Follow ... Read More »

Hurricane Preparedness–Are You Ready?

AUBURN, Ala. – Currently a tropical storm, forecasters expect Nate to become a hurricane before it arrives on the U.S. Gulf Coast this weekend.  The latest computer models indicate landfall anywhere between southeast Louisiana and the western Florida Panhandle.  Alabama residents should take time time now to ensure they are prepared. Hurricane Preparedness People throughout the nation should keep alert ... Read More »

Wildlife Scientist Chris Jaworowski and Alabama Extension a Good Match

AUBURN, Ala. – Growing up outdoors in Alabama, Chris Jaworowski, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resource agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, knew he wanted to spend his life doing something he loved. “I started hunting at an early age,” Jaworowski said. “I knew I wanted to be outside. That’s how I got into wildlife science.” Jaworowski, an Auburn ... Read More »

Venomous Snakes of Alabama: What You Need to Know

AUBURN, Ala. — Alabama is home to almost 50 species of snake, but only six of those are venomous snakes.  Although deaths from snakebites are relatively uncommon in Alabama, it is important to know how to identify and avoid poisonous snakes. The six venomous snakes of Alabama include the Eastern coral snake, copperhead, cottonmouth, Eastern diamondback, timber rattlesnake and pigmy rattlesnake. Alabama ... Read More »

Fox squirrels: The gray squirrel’s colorful cousin

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Auburn, Alabama — Have you ever wondered what species of squirrel roam around your backyard? The Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) is often found in Canada and the Eastern part of the United States. They are fairly common in Alabama and currently have a status of low conservation concern. This means their population size is doing well and they do ... Read More »

Beware of Fire Ants During Heavy Rains and Floods

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AUBURN, Ala.— Tropical storm Cindy promises to bring heavy rains to Alabama and possibly flash flooding.  When floodwaters come, humans are not the only ones looking for dry ground. Alabama Extension entomologists say these ants and their colonies can present a threat to people and animals during and after a flood. Flood Waters and Fire Ants Floodwaters will not kill fire ... Read More »

Fire Ant Mounds Popping Up After Recent Rains

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AUBURN, Alabama—Thanks to recent rains, fire ant mounds are popping up in lawns across the state. An Alabama Extension entomologist says what appear to be new mounds have been around for probably several months at least. “Just because you don’t see fire ants doesn’t mean they aren’t there,” said Dr. Kathy Flanders, who is also an Auburn University entomology professor. “When it is ... Read More »