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Agroforestry

Take a minute to think about why you own land.  Is it to pass on to your children and grandchildren?  Outdoor recreation?  Because you enjoy the beauty of nature?  Is it part of your farm?

If you answered yes to one or more of these …

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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…

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…

American Kestrel

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

Though found year round throughout most of the contiguous United States, the American kestrel is listed as a species of high conservation concern in Alabama. With ru…

The History and Use of Kudzu in the Southeastern United States

Kudzu is an aggressive vine familiar to most people across the southeastern United States. It is a classic example of a plant that was introduced with good intentions, but that has resulted in many bad outcomes. Landowners know all…

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Control Options for Chinese Privet

Chinese privet (Ligustrum sinense) and other invasive privets in the genus Ligustrum are a serious problem for many homeowners, farmers, foresters, and land managers in Alabama. 

Privet control often seems insurmountable because of its …

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Northern Harrier

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

Though most raptors hunt from high above, the northern harrier is frequently seen hunting just a few feet above the ground in marshes and grasslands. Commonly referr…

Sharp-Shinned Hawk

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

Averaging less than 7 ounces, the sharp-shinned hawk is one of Alabama’s smallest raptors. Most of Alabama falls only within its winter range, but they are found y…

Broad-Winged Hawk

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

With similar habitat preferences to the red-shouldered hawk, the broad-winged hawk can sometimes be difficult to distinguish, but several characteristics set it apar…

Common Birds of Prey in Alabama

A bird of prey, as their name indicates, is any species of bird that hunts other animals such as small mammals, fish, and other birds for food. Birds of prey are commonly referred to as raptors and possess powerful, sharp talons and hooked …

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Red-Shouldered Hawk

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

Typically about half the size of the red-tailed hawk, the red-shouldered hawk is most often found in floodplain forests. Features distinguishing the red-shouldered h…

Red-Tailed Hawk

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

Almost anyone who has ever taken a long car ride has probably seen a red-tailed hawk. This species, which is frequently seen perched along telephone lines or in tree…