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Black Bears in Alabama

Black bears in Alabama

AUBURN, Ala. – Black bears populate much of the Southeast. Alabama is no exception, and there have been more and more sightings of them within the state. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, sheds light on the current black bear population and what to do if you encounter one. “Black bears have always been native to the southeast. They ... Read More »

Mountain Lions In Alabama?

AUBURN, Ala. – We have seen them in movies and on the internet, but can we find mountain lions in Alabama? Commonly found in western parts of the United States, scientists say their range is expanding. The most recent confirmed sighting nearest to Alabama happened September 2016 in Wayne County Tennessee. This county borders the north-western part of Alabama. Does this ... Read More »

Dogwoods Bloom, Signal Spring

AUBURN, Alabama— The dogwood tree’s pink and white blooms signal the arrival of spring in the South. Dogwoods trees are features in many Alabama landscapes and celebrated in festivals throughout the region. The white flowering dogwood (Cornus florida), plentiful across Alabama, is an ornamental deciduous tree native to the eastern half of the United States. 10 Things to Know about Dogwoods 1. ... Read More »

State’s Fruit Growers Understand Managing Cold Weather

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AUBURN, Alabama—Alabama fruit producers are keeping their eyes on the thermometers, but professionals with the Alabama Cooperative Extension System say producers are used to dealing with cold weather. Dr. Edgar Vinson, an Alabama Extension fruit specialist who works closely with the state’s peach producers, said most are not worried about the frigid weather. “This season’s cold weather has kept peaches ... Read More »

Avoid Problems from Winter Weather

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AUBURN, Ala.—As an Arctic cold front moves in from the west, Alabama Extension offers recommendations for how to prepare for possible snow, loss of electricity and other impacts from the storm. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a winter weather advisory for much of central Alabama. NWS said the potential for light to moderate snow exists through early Wednesday. ... Read More »

Alabama Peanuts Benefiting from Wet Summer

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AUBURN, Ala.–One year removed from a drought of epic proportions, Alabama peanut farmers are happy with the rainier summer of 2017. Though wet conditions can cause a separate set of issues, peanuts are looking very strong thus far. According to the National Agricultural Statistics Service in Alabama, 91 percent of peanuts had reached the pegging stage by Aug. 7, compared ... Read More »

Lantana: Hard Working Shrub for Home Landscapes

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AUBURN, Ala.—If you’re looking for a blooming powerhouse, lantana is your answer. This perennial flowering woody deciduous plant, not only thrives with little moisture, but it does so with low effort. As summer settles in full force, lantana brightens yards and landscapes across the Southeast.  Neal Hargle,  an Alabama Extension home grounds says most people find it easy to grow lantana. Easy ... Read More »

Yellowhammer or Northern Flicker: It’s Alabama’s State Bird

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AUBURN, Alabama — Designated back in 1927, Alabama’s state bird, the Yellowhammer, is really a Northern flicker . A  member of the woodpecker family, Northern flickers got their common name comes from the bright yellow coloring on the undersides of their wings. Dr. Jim Armstrong, a wildlife scientist with Alabama Cooperative Extension System, said while found in Alabama all year round, the Northern flicker ... Read More »

Alabama Stormwater Forum Set for May

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AUBURN, Ala. — Spring showers are usually welcome, but when showers turn into storm, they can wash pollutants into lakes and waterways. Polluted runoff is the major contributor to water pollution in Alabama and the United States. The Alabama Stormwater Forum offers an opportunity to learn about different technologies and strategies to manage stormwater pollution. The forum is May 11-12 and will ... Read More »

Collards and Other Nutritious Greens

AUBURN, Alabama – Traditionally recognized as a Southern crop and soul food staple, collards and other leafy greens are nutritious and convenient to grow in Alabama’s climate. Growing Greens Generally, cruciferous plants such as collard greens, turnips, kale and mustard are cool weather vegetables. “We mostly plant greens in the fall, but you can also do an early spring planting ... Read More »