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Stop Cogongrass Hitchhikers

Cogongrass is an aggressive weed that is rapidly spreading across Alabama and the Southeast. Learn important steps you can take to slow the spread of this environmental invader.

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a noxious…

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Cogongrass Management FAQ

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is one of the greatest invasive plant threats in Alabama and in the southeastern United States. Although it has been here for more than a century, the problem has dramatically increased in the last 20 years….

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Fire Alert Issued in Alabama, Use Caution

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—The Alabama Forestry Commission (AFC) issued a statewide fire alert during the week of Sept. 25. Permits for outdoor burning will be restricted and issued on an individual basis at the discretion of the State Fores…

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Hummingbirds in Alabama

…er feeder or two on the other side of your yard to limit confrontations.

Planting flowers around your home is also a good way to attract hummingbirds to the yard and garden. Red flowers are most effective. Plantings of salvia, petunia, o…

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Using Trail Cameras this Deer Season

…said Smith, who is also a professor in the Auburn University school of forestry and wildlife sciences. “This can give good information on a deer’s particular patterns throughout the season.”

For more information, contact the A…

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Prescribed Fire: Weather

Smoke columns drift apart, do not rise.
Smoke columns rise and stay together.
Poor visibility, smoke, haze.
Good visibility.
Fire whirls and dust devils.
Steady winds.
Gusty winds.

The atmospheric dispe…

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Aging Deer on the Hoof: Alabama Extension’s Management Minute Series

… older, and their bodies develop, more energy is targeted towards antler development.  Being able to recognize and categorize live deer into age classes based on body characteristics is an important deer management tool.

For more in…

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Mourning Dove Biology & Management in Alabama

… scattered trees or in small stands of trees. Dove nests are seldom found within dense woodlands. Nest sites must offer good protection from bad weather and from nest predators. Late winter nests are almost always built in conifers, such as…

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A Landowners Guide for Wild Pig Management

One group that continues to fuel this practice consists of irresponsible and uninformed pig- hunting enthusiasts whose goal is to establish local wild pig populations for recreational hunting. A second group comprises those whose goal is …

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Alabama’s Black Bear

…her in northeast Alabama in DeKalb and Cherokee counties.

According to Haley, population studies and monitoring is ongoing.

“The southwestern portion of the state is home to an estimated 85 to 160 bears,” he said. “In the northe…

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Forestry, Wildlife & Natural Resources Team Impacts 2018

…ogram topics include squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, commensal rodents, bats, snakes, and white-tailed deer.

The goal of these activities is to educate clients in how to identify damage and take actions necessary to eliminate this da…

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Venomous Snakes of Alabama

…lesnake and pigmy rattlesnake.

“There are six venomous snake species in Alabama, five of them falling into the category of pit vipers,” Carter said. “The Eastern coral snake is the single venomous species not falling into the pit v…

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Protect Your Yard From Digging Animals

…often the culprit of complaints about yard damage. Armadillos search for earthworms and grubs, rooting up yards as they go.

Damage from an armadillo is fairly distinctive. When on the hunt, the armadillo uses its long, sharp claws to bre…

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Wild Turkey Management in Alabama

…st of winter, wild turkeys gather in flocks. Flocks are usually distinct units comprised of adult and young hens, adult gobblers, or, by mid-winter, young gobblers. Large flocks, often referred to as droves, are more common in western races…

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Nonvenomous Snakes Can Pose a Health Risk

…her wildlife will be on the move. Many people will come across a nonvenomous snake at some point. Though they have many good qualities, nonvenomous snakes can still pose a health risk to people.

While they do not have venom, a bite from …

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