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Black Bears in Alabama: What to do in an encounter

Black bears in Alabama

AUBURN, Alabama — Black bears populate the Southeast, and Alabama is no exception. Dr. Jim Armstrong, an Alabama Extension wildlife scientist and professor in the Auburn University School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, 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 have always ... Read More »

Wildlife Scientist Chris Jaworowski and Alabama Extension a Good Match

AUBURN, Ala. – Growing up outdoors in Alabama, Chris Jaworowski, a regional forestry, wildlife and natural resource agent for Alabama Cooperative Extension System, knew he wanted to spend his life doing something he loved. “I started hunting at an early age,” Jaworowski said. “I knew I wanted to be outside. That’s how I got into wildlife science.” Jaworowski, an Auburn ... Read More »

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

northern flicker

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 »

Backyard Bird Sanctuary

Auburn, Alabama — Turning a backyard into a bird sanctuary can be accomplished with a few simple additions. Homeowners often enjoy the sounds of songbirds in the spring and hummingbirds create flits of color as they feed on bright flowers. FOOD SOURCES According to Alabama Extension Specialist Nancy Loewenstein, consistent food sources are an important element to creating a habitat for ... 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 »

Common Snapping Turtle

AUBURN, Ala. – The common snapping turtle found throughout Alabama and the Southeast, is one of the larger freshwater turtle species in North America. Snapping turtles’ shells can reach up to 18 inches in length and the turtles can weigh more than 40 pounds. Snapping turtles reach maturity at 10 to 13 years and can have a life span of more ... Read More »

Are Mountain Lions Roaming Alabama Woods?

mountain lion

AUBURN, Ala. – A recent mountain lion attack on a child in Colorado has people wondering just where in the United States the large predator lives.  While most common out west, scientists say their range is expanding.  Four documented sightings of mountain lions occurred in Tennessee in 2015.  A 2015 game camera photo  led to speculation about mountain lions in Alabama. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »