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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 »

Pollen…but why?

Auburn, Ala.—When spring rolls around, people’s allergies flare up and pollen is usually to blame. However, pollen is a necessity in nature that people cannot live without.  The sole purpose of pollen is to reproduce the plant. “If we don’t have pollen floating through the air, then the ovules in the female part of the flower are not fertilized, so they do not ... Read More »

Spring: Prime Time for Kudzu Bugs

Auburn, AL—Residential and rural areas will soon be filled with kudzu bugs making a comeback from their overwintering sites. Alabama Extension Entomologist Xing Ping Hu, said there are several ways for kudzu bugs to bother homeowners. “Kudzu bugs are a nuisance that invades homes, yards and landscapes,” Hu  said. “They are more problematic in later fall when they seek protected ... Read More »

Widespread Zika outbreak unlikely in United States

AUBURN, Ala.—Public health officials are working to contain an outbreak of Zika virus across Central and South America. But scientists at Auburn University do not believe that the United States will face the disease in the numbers appearing in Brazil and other Central and South American nations. Dr. Derrick Mathias, an assistant professor specializing in medical entomology at Auburn University, ... Read More »

Heavy Rains May Bring Flash Floods and Flooding to Alabama

A line of storms is expected to move across Alabama Tuesday and Wednesday. With very high wind shear values, rotation is possible and a few isolated tornadoes can’t be ruled out. Also, the line will slow down, meaning that heavy rain could produce isolated flooding by early Wednesday morning. Storms could develop as early as 3 p.m Tuesday in the western ... Read More »