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Do Your Part to Protect Pollinators

beekeeping symposium

Auburn, Ala.— In the spirit of National Pollinator Week, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System salutes pollinators everywhere who are irreplaceable pieces of the puzzle in gardens, cropland and flowerbeds. Where would we be without pollinators? Bees are more than honey-makers and hive builders. Bees are essential to the most important part of the food chain—pollination. Importance of Pollinators Urban Extension Agent, Sallie Lee, said ... Read More »

American Alligator: Alabama’s Largest Reptile

Alligator

AUBURN, Ala. –American alligators, once on the verge of extinction, have made a remarkable recovery. Alabama’s largest reptile, alligators can be found across most of the southern third of the state and has also been confirmed farther north but not in large populations. They live near lakes, rivers, ponds and sometimes creeks. An expansive population of alligators call Lake Eufaula ... Read More »

Trapping Necessary to Control Wild Hogs

Auburn, Ala.—Wild hogs are wreaking havoc on landowners in Alabama. The consistent spread and steady population increase presents a problem for both farmers and foresters. Spenser Bradley, an Alabama Extension agent specializing in forestry, wildlife and natural resource management, said hogs are a growing problem due in part to the difficult nature of hog population control. Wild Hogs are Difficult to ... Read More »

Ready or Not Hurricane Season is Here

AUBURN, Ala.— The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Climate Prediction Center says the 2016 Atlantic hurricane season, which runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, will most likely be near-normal. Experts say uncertainty in the climate signals that influence Atlantic storm formation make predicting this season particularly difficult. A total of 14 named storms, eight hurricanes and three major hurricanes ... Read More »

Alabama Extension Scientist Explains Advisory Issued for Several Alabama Water Systems

drinking water

AUBURN, Ala.—A scientist with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System says that the health advisory issued by the Environmental Protection Agency related to several Alabama water systems focuses on two compounds, perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) and perfluorooactanoic acid (PFOA). The Alabama Department of Public Health and the Alabama Department of Environmental Management have identified several water systems in north Alabama that had ... Read More »

Voles: compact but harmful

voles

Auburn, Ala.—Voles, also known as meadow mice or field mice, can often be found in your grassy backyard. The small rodents can cause havoc on your gardens overnight. In just a short amount of time, the common, tiny voles native to the local Alabama area can destroy your plants. How can you spot voles in your garden? A vole, as described ... Read More »

Forests in the City – Why Urban Forestry is Key

Auburn, Ala.—When most people hear the words city or urban, trees are likely not the first images that come to mind. Jack Rowe, an arborist, entomologist and horticulturist who works as an urban forestry agent with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System, gave more information about the subject. What may be surprising to some is that trees are actually essential for cities ... Read More »

Fire Ant Stings Can Be Deadly

SELMA, Ala.—An Alabama woman recently died of anaphylactic shock after sustaining numerous fire ant stings. Allergic reactions to fire ant bites are rare, but require immediate medical attention. Fire Ant Stings May Cause Anaphylactic Shock More than one fire ant sting can result in serious medical problems, even in people with normal immune systems. While most people can tolerate stings, ... Read More »

Explore Living Streams with Alabama 4-H Water Watch Workshops

Auburn, Alabama—The 4-H Alabama Water Watch Program is partnering with five environmental centers around the state to provide a series of workshops for teachers and volunteer educators. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to use the Exploring Our Living Streams Biomonitoring and Water Chemistry Monitoring curriculum. The curriculum provides hands-on activities for teaching students about watershed science, and ... Read More »

Living with Wild Neighbors

Racoon wild neighbor

Auburn, Alabama—Squirrels, rabbits, coyotes, raccoons, opossums are just a few of the wild neighbors that Alabama residents encounter throughout the year. Often these wild creatures are unintentionally invited into residents’ neighborhoods and yards. Once they are in they are extremely hard to get rid of. “A fairly common situation is where somebody has a bird feeder and at first birds use ... Read More »