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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 »

Using nature for fall and holiday decoration

AUBURN, Ala. – Why go out and spend hundreds of dollars on fall and holiday decorations when you could just walk out into your backyard and find them? With Pinterest being more popular than ever, there is a new trend to craft your own unique wreaths, table centerpieces and Christmas decorations. Mallory Kelley, a regional agent in home grounds, gardens and ... 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 »