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Staying Safe While Hunting

Auburn, Ala.— Hunting safety is always a top priority regardless of game, ammo or method.  In Alabama, bow season is open now and gun season opens in mid-November for deer. Marisa Lee Futral, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources hunter education coordinator, says follow key guidelines for a safe hunting experience. Ten Commandments of Firearm Safety Treat every firearm with ... Read More »

Fox squirrels: The gray squirrel’s colorful cousin

Fox squirrels

Auburn, Alabama — Have you ever wondered what species of squirrel roam around your backyard? The Eastern Fox Squirrel (Sciurus niger) is often found in Canada and the Eastern part of the United States. They are fairly common in Alabama and currently have a status of low conservation concern. This means their population size is doing well and they do ... Read More »

Muscadines-Backbone of Alabama Wine Industry

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AUBURN, Alabama —People make wine around the world, even in Alabama. The state’s wineries are more abundant than some might think, each with their own unique wines and atmosphere.  Dr. Elina Coneva, an Alabama Extension fruit specialist, said which grapes can be grown in Alabama impacts the types of wines that can be produced. Coneva said muscadine grapes, Vitis rotundifolia, grow best in ... 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 »

Many Frogs and Toads Call Alabama Home

AUBURN, Ala. – Sitting on your porch listening to the sounds coming from your backyard can be a relaxing way to enjoy a summer evening. Among those sounds, you will more than likely hear the calls of frogs and toads. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife specialist, said that many frog and toad species call Alabama home. “The climate ... Read More »

Re-purposing Your Christmas Tree this Season

Christmas Tree

AUBURN, Ala. – When the Christmas season is over and you have packed your decorations away for another year, you still have to figure out what to do with your dried up, old Christmas tree. Many people chip their tree into mulch for use in planting beds but this year find a new purpose for your tree. One way to ... Read More »

Steer Clear of Touch-Me-Nots

Auburn, AL –Southern summers are the annual itchy time for many folks that enjoy the outdoors. Good outdoorsmen know what to do if a snake is spotted and have plans in place for contact with an unhappy wild animal, but wildlife is only part of the issue to consider when spending time in the great outdoors. Poison ivy and poison oak ... Read More »

Be Smart about Water Moccasins and Other Water Snakes

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As people take to lakes and rivers to cool off from summer’s heat,  it’s possible they might see a snake in the water.  Not every snake you see swimming is a water moccasin.  Alabama has a number of non-venomous water snakes. There are ways to tell the difference, and Alabama Extension professionals have important information to keep you and yours safe ... Read More »

District 11 App Teaches Do’s and Don’ts of Nature

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Many of today’s youth are technologically savvy, but lack knowledge of the world on the other side of the computer screen. Alabama Extension addresses this with their new  application “District 11”, available for free download from iTunes. Tributes Charged With Saving District 11 Players are greeted by mentor and guide Gideon, who explains that District 11 has been stricken with a mysterious illness. ... Read More »