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Yellow Jackets and How to Manage Them

Auburn, Alabama —With spring here, many forms of wildlife previously dormant during winter are now emerging throughout Alabama’s wilderness. Most of this wildlife consists of different types of insects such as wasps, particularly ones called yellow jackets. Yellow jackets are one of the common forms of wasps in North America, and get their names from the yellow and black coloring ... Read More »

Collecting rainwater in Alabama

Auburn, Alabama—With more than 77,000 rivers and streams and an average rainfall of 55 inches per year, Alabama is a state blessed with natural water resources. Catching and reusing water is an ancient technology that has current value to save energy, money and conserve an important natural resource. If interested in collecting rainwater, first you must decide if you want ... Read More »

What You Need to Know About Attracting Hummingbirds

Auburn, Alabama–Dr. Geoffrey Hill from Auburn University is a biology professor who specializes in ornithology. He discussed the benefits and some tips and tricks on attracting hummingbirds. “Hummingbirds are just neat animals,” Hill said. “I enjoy studying hummingbirds for the pure fun of it.” Where do hummingbirds migrate? According to Hill, Ruby-Throated hummingbirds migrate from Central America, across the Gulf of Mexico ... Read More »

Eastern Hognose Snake: Rare to Alabama

Eastern Hog Nose Snake

Auburn, Alabama— Once common throughout Alabama, the nonvenomous Eastern hognose snake, also known as the spreading adder and the deaf adder, is now considered to be rare to certain areas of the state. The hognose snake gets its name from its distinct upturned nose. The Eastern hognose’s coloration can vary from a uniform black, brown, olive or gray. They may ... Read More »

Carpenter Bees Buzzing and Bothering

Carpenter bee by Karan A. Rawlins, University of Georgia, Bugwood.org

AUBURN, Ala.–Warmer weather means carpenter bees are out and about. An Alabama Extension entomologist says these bees generally will not sting you, but they can be intimidating.  Dr. Xing Ping Hu says that carpenter bees are rather loud and large.  She says the only threat they pose is to the wood in buildings and homes. Carpenter bees are important to ... Read More »

BioBlitz: Discovering Local Biodiversity

AUBURN, Ala. – If you have an interest in learning about Alabama’s plants and wildlife, make plans to attend BioBlitz, an event sponsored by the Alabama  Cooperative Extension System. BioBlitz, a hands-on event where participants will have a chance to experience local biodiversity, is Saturday April 23, at the Mary Olive Thomas Demonstration Forest. Participants will work alongside local and ... Read More »

Spotlight on Turkey Hunting

Auburn, Alabama—It’s that time of year. Hundreds of Americans come out of their winter slumber and adorn their camouflage armor. Turkey season is in full swing, and not a minute can be wasted. Turkey hunting is an exciting sport that takes place March 15 through April 30 in most parts of Alabama. Though normally compared to deer hunting, turkey hunting ... Read More »

Symposium Aims to Minimize Stormwater Impacts

stormwater

AUBURN, Ala.— The floods of Christmas 2015, which gathered national attention, did more than $6.7 million in damage to Alabama’s roads, bridges and other public infrastructure. Less dramatic, but just as important, is managing the more frequent, smaller storm events that wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted stormwater runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and ... Read More »

Add E-Waste to Your Spring Cleaning List

Computer Recycling Drive

  Huntsville, Ala.—Electronic waste, or E-waste, is a significant and growing problem in today’s electronic era. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), only 5 percent of the 40 million tons of E-Waste generated world-wide each year is ever recovered. Items considered to be E-Waste include old batteries, printer ink-cartridges, computers, cellphones, cameras and televisions among many other items. Toxins ... Read More »

Colorful Corn Snake Native to Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Found across Alabama, the non-venomous corn snake is one of the most colorful snakes in the Southeast. Corn snakes range in color from red, dark orange, black and white. In Alabama, corn snakes from the Lower Coastal Plain have vivid orange and red markings, while  other corn snakes tend to be less vividly patterned and darker as you ... Read More »