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Great Horned Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

The great horned owl is the largest and probably most common owl species in Alabama. Though most easily identified by their large size and widely spaced ear tufts, gr…

Barred Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386

Found primarily in large forests, barred owls are easily identified by the brown streaks visible on their bellies and their lack of ear tufts. These birds also have d…

Cooper’s Hawk

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Found year round throughout Alabama, Cooper’s hawks are similar to sharp-shinned hawks. Averaging around one pound, Cooper’s hawks are larger than sharp-shinned …

Eastern Screech-Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Eastern screech-owls are the smallest owl commonly seen in the eastern United States. Though they vary in color from gray to brown to red, screech-owls can be identifi…

Planning Your Professional Wardrobe Part 2: Dressing for your Body Type

*This is part 2 of 3 from Planning Your Professional Wardrobe.
Dressing for your body type is key to looking great in a professional wardrobe.

Check your Silhouette
There are four main image types. Which one are you? (Wardrobe Recomm…

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Planning Your Professional Wardrobe Part 1: Your Professional Image

*This is Part 1 of 3 from Planning Your Professional Wardrobe.

A nice appearance is an investment in you. It gives you confidence and enhances how you want others to perceive you. Clothing speaks volumes about you, whether you are aware …

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Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Mountain Mint

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Pycnanthemum
This perennial plant grows 3 feet tall and branches frequently, often with a bushy appearance. Blooms in the summer to early fall. Each cluster…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Queen Anne’s Lace

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Daucus carota
This flower is a biennial herbaceous plant that grows 3 to 4 feet tall. Consists of one or several hairy, hollow stems, growing from one centr…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Goldenrod

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Solidago sp.
Long, wood-like stems with spiky, tooth-like parts that are widely spaced. Yellow flowers that grow in thick clusters. Blooms in the fall. Plan…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Coreopsis

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Coreopsis sp.
In this flower the yellow center or disc flowers stand out distinctly from the ray flowers, which appear to be attached just below them. Ray f…

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Cockscomb

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Celosia cristata
This flower is an annual, nonnative, herbaceous plant. Blooms with a compacted crested head 2 to 5 inches across on leafy stems that are 12 …

Flowers For Beneficial Insects: Purple Coneflower

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
AKA: Echinacea purpurea
A popular, native perennial with smooth 2- to 5-foot stems and long-lasting, lavender flowers. Flowers occur singly atop the stems and ha…

Barn Owl

*This is an excerpt from Common Birds of Prey in Alabama, ANR – 1386.

Most commonly associated with barns and other structures built by humans, barn owls hunt for small mammals over agricultural fields, marshes, and other grassy habita…

Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Yard: Flowers for Beneficial Insects

*This is an excerpt from Top Ten Most Wanted Bugs in Your Garden, ANR-2283.
Most beneficial insects need to supplement their diets with pollen and nectar. You can attract them to your garden and encourage them to stay and hunt for pests by…

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