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Monday, December 6, 2021

    Hunting season dates announced for 2020-2021

    The 2020-2021 hunting season will bring big changes for white-tailed deer hunters in a few parts of Alabama with the creation of two new deer zones. The newly created zones D and E will allow hunters to gun hunt before and during the peak...

    First wild eastern indigo snake found in Alabama in 60 years

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Traci Wood admitted holding the snake almost made her come unglued. No, she wasn’t afraid of the snake she was holding. It was the magnitude of the moment. Wood, the Habitat and Species Conservation Coordinator with the...

    Feral hog population in Alabama shows no decline

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Despite an increased effort to mitigate the impact of feral hogs in Alabama, the hog population shows no indication of decline. “Unfortunately, it appears their numbers are continuing to increase,” said Matt Brock, Technical Assistance Wildlife Biologist...

    Lightning bugs: summer’s night light

    AUBURN, Ala. – Many southerners have fond memories of catching lightning bugs on a summer’s night. The fascination surrounding these insects always invoke curious questions. An Alabama Cooperative Extension System professional provides some of the basic information on lightning bugs. Lightning bug or firefly? It is...

    Asian giant hornets? Murder hornets? Not in Alabama

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. - Neighborhoods and social media are buzzing with hype as citizens are concerned about “murder hornets.” Alabama Cooperative Extension System professionals would like to put this rumor to rest. These stinging insects have not been found in Alabama. However, the detection of...

    Naturally Alabama: Imported danger to our native hemlocks

    Welcome to “Naturally Alabama!”  For a while now I have desired to write a series of articles based on what I have encountered in almost 40 years of working in the forest.  What you will receive by reading this article is some research-based information...

    Awesome Trail opens at Joe Wheeler State Park

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources  Those who love to explore nature have another opportunity with the opening of the new trail at Joe Wheeler State Park in northwest Alabama. The name of the new 8-mile pathway is the Awesome Trail, literally. Ken...

    What’s new for the 2020-2021 hunting seasons

    David Rainer, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Deer hunters will find two new zones in the 2020-2021 Alabama Deer Zones map with season dates that better coincide with deer rutting activity in those areas. Chuck Sykes, Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries...

    Oak Mountain State Park Interpretive Center reopens May 22

    PELHAM, Ala. - The Oak Mountain Interpretive Center (OMIC) at Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, will celebrate its reopening Saturday, May 22, with a daylong schedule of events for families and children of all ages. The event will feature guided tours of...

    Reintroduction of the Eastern indigo snake in the Southeast

    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – The Eastern indigo snake, one of the longest snakes native to the United States, calls the Southeast home. Unfortunately, this staple reptile’s survival is at risk, especially in Alabama. In fact, these snakes are a federally threatened species under the...