Watch Feathers and Filters
August 16 at 6:30 p.m. CDT
What do doves and mollusks have in common? Both will be featured on "Feathers and Filters," the next episode of Outdoor Alabama Live. Watch this hour-long interactive presentation in the webcast section of Outdoor Alabama Tuesday, August 16, at 6:30 p.m. CDT. Feathers and Filters will focus on dove biology and hunting, and the Alabama Aquatic Biodiversity Center, the largest state-run non-game recovery program of its kind in the United States. Questions can be submitted anytime prior to and during the webcast. To submit a question, email it to email@example.com
; send it via the webcast homepage listed above; or text it to (205) 259-6941. More
Thompson Appointed Alabama Marine Police Director
Walter S. “Steve” Thompson has been named the new director of the Alabama Marine Police Division. Thompson most recently served as Deputy Chief of Police with the Montgomery, Ala. Police Department. Thompson is a graduate of FBI National Academy located in Quantico, Va., and a current member of the Alabama Chapter of the FBI National Academy Associates. Prior to his police experience, Thompson served in the U.S. Marine Corps. He is a native of Montgomery and resides there with his wife Robin. More
Tulotoma Snail Making
a Comeback in Alabama
The Tulotoma snail has been recovered to a sufficient level for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to move the snail's Endangered Species Act classification from "Endangered" to "Threatened." It is still provided the same protection as an Endangered species. The ceremony took place on 7/19/11 at Gold Star Park on the banks of the Coosa River in Wetumpka, Ala. Watch
Help Improving Your Wildlife Habitat is a Phone Call Away
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries' staff of professional wildlife biologists is available to assist landowners, hunting clubs, and others interested in enhancing wildlife management activities on a particular piece of property such as controlled burning, herbicide applications, disking, plantings, food sources, forest management, harvest management strategies, and various other activities that can benefit one or more species. Wildlife biologists can be contacted through the district offices.
Bear Activity on the Increase in Alabama
Numerous species of wildlife become more active as seasonal changes trigger various physiological responses. Some species migrate and others increase their movement patterns mostly in efforts focused on the propagation of their species. Many species perform this annual ritual including songbirds, butterflies, and even bats, but none cause quite the commotion in Alabama as that of the black bear. While typically not a common sight in most of Alabama, a flurry of black bear sightings throughout the state has been the case this year including areas of Holly Pond, Double Springs, Boaz, Cullman, Birmingham, Roebuck, Lake Harding, Auburn, Atmore, Mobile and Macon County. However, most people may not know that black bear are common in parts of Alabama, occupying an array of habitats, some quite close to humans. More
A Real Act of Kindness--Leave Fawns in the Wild
July was the peak of whitetail deer fawning season in Alabama. The public is encouraged to leave seemingly abandoned, lost or orphaned fawns in the wild if found. Every year the lives of many young wild animals are destroyed by well-meaning people who attempt to “rescue” young wildlife from the wild. Most wild birds and mammals (including fawns) are protected under the law and may not be legally taken from the wild or kept as pets. Only when a fawn is found injured or with a dead doe is there reason to do something. If found, the injured fawn should be delivered to a licensed wildlife rehabilitator or to a WFF district office. Read more about what to do if you find a fawn in the wild.
Successful Sturgeon Rescue
Recently a Gulf sturgeon was rescued after being stranded in a deep hole in the Choctawhatchee River near Newton, in southeast Alabama. When found, the 6-foot, 10-inch fish appeared to be in good condition. Sturgeon expert Frank Parauka from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tagged it and treated the fish with antibiotics for wounds it suffered while stranded. Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries staff helped release the sturgeon at the Geneva boat ramp. It was last seen swimming upstream. More
2011-12 Hunting/Fishing Digest Available
Besides being packed with all you need to know about what, when and where to hunt or fish, the 2011–2012 Alabama Hunting and Fishing Digest also has articles on protecting our hunting heritage, Alabama’s angler recognition program and stocking sportfish. Copies are available from ADCNR or online here.
The outdoor fire ban for all Alabama counties has been lifted. Last month the state received enough rain to reduce the threat of a catastrophic wildfire. This means campfires are once again allowed in Alabama State Parks. However, extreme caution is urged when starting any type of outdoor fire. In June, an 895 acre wildfire at Gulf State Park is believed to have been started by embers from a campsite. More
State Constructs Two New Artificial Reefs
Did you know that Alabama has the largest artificial reef program in the United States? Construction has begun on two new artificial reefs bringing the total number of inshore fishing reefs to 27. Both of the new reefs are short distances from a number of private and public boat ramps. More
Hunter Instructors Needed
Alabama is one of 49 states that has a mandatory hunter education program. Becoming a certified Alabama Hunter Education Instructor is a two-step process that requires instructor candidates to complete an Associate Hunter Education Instructor application and successfully complete the hunter education certification workshop. Be an Education Instructor and help to pass on our natural heritage to the next generation. More
Forever Wild Goes Social
The Forever Wild Land Trust is now on Facebook and Twitter! Follow Forever Wild and interact directly with this amazing land trust program, which has secured more than 200,000 acres in the state for public use and recreation.