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Bird Boxes and Spring Cleaning
Ideally, bird nest boxes should have been cleaned and repaired by the end of February, well before nesting season begins. But it’s not too late! Many birds still have not begun new nests, but you don’t have any time to waste. So gather up your screwdriver, hammer, screws and nails, pruning shears, a stiff wire brush, petroleum jelly, and gloves and get started right away. Start by opening your box and removing old nesting materials from last year. If you did this at the end of the nesting season last year, check it again. Your box may be full of cobwebs, a flying squirrel nest, old wasp nests, or dirt dauber nests. In fact, it may have bird droppings inside because some birds use the boxes during the fall and winter for nighttime roosts. More

Snapper Season Likely Shortest Ever 
Although it won’t be set in stone (printed in Federal Register) until after the April meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, the 2012 red snapper season is almost certain to be the shortest on record at about 40 days. At the most recent meeting, the council approved and took final action on a regulatory amendment that increases the red snapper catch limits for 2012 to 8.08 million pounds and 8.69 million pounds for 2013. The quota is split 51 percent for the commercial sector and 49 percent for the recreational sector. However, if the quota is exceeded in 2012, the quota for 2013 will not increase. More

Waterfowl Stamp Winner Announced
A pair of Ross’s Geese painted by Steven Burney of Town Creek, Ala., is the winner of the 2012 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2013-2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. The annual contest, sponsored by the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, is open to all resident Alabama artists. Burney has entered the contest in the past and has placed as high as first runner up, but this is the first time his artwork has been selected for the stamp. See the winning artwork.

Advisory Board Meets
March 10 in Montgomery
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will hold its second scheduled meeting of 2012 on Saturday, March 10, in the State Capitol Auditorium in Montgomery, Ala. Registration for those wishing to address the board will be from 8 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., and the meeting will begin promptly at 9 a.m. Visitors should use the entrance behind the Capitol on North Union Street. The Conservation Advisory Board assists in formulating policies for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, examines all rules and regulations and makes recommendations for their change or amendment. This includes hunting seasons and bag limits. More

Ask Questions During Conservation Q&A
Do you have questions about birds, snakes and alligators? Hunting and fishing? What about fish, mussels, snails and crayfish? Join the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries for an hour-long web chat with specialists in the fields of wildlife, fisheries, and conservation enforcement on Friday, March 16, 2012, at noon to have those questions answered. You can also send yourself an email reminder about the event by clicking here.

Spring Turkey Season Opens March 15
Spring turkey hunting season will open Thursday, March 15, 2012, in most counties. Youth turkey hunting is scheduled for 17 Wildlife Management Areas, including one with two zones, on March 10 and 11. The special youth hunts allow Alabama’s youth to hunt prior to the season’s official opening. Colbert, Franklin, Lauderdale, Lawrence, Limestone, Madison, Morgan and Winston counties have different opening dates for turkey season. For complete details visit the hunting section of the ADCNR website.
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NASP State Championship
The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) Alabama State Championship will be held Thursday, April 5, 2012, in the North Hall of the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center. Students will compete for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the National Championship May 11-12 in Louisville, Ky.

A Weekend of
Endurance Races
A USA Triathlon National Championship Race will be held Saturday, March 24, 2012, at Oak Mountain State Park in Birmingham. The Double Oak Duathlon, and Powerman Alabama Duathlon Competition will take place on Sunday, March 25, also at Oak Mountain. More

Now is the
Perfect Time
Were you born after August 1, 1977, or are you planning on traveling out of state for a hunting trip later this year? If so, you’ll need to take an Alabama hunter education course. There are several options available for your convenience including a free online course. Don’t put it off until the start of deer season; beat the rush and do it today. More

Support Alabama Wildlife
The “Alabama Nongame Wildlife Fund” check-off box on the state income tax form provides citizens a way to donate all or a portion of their state tax refunds for the benefit of nongame wildlife. Past donations to the Nongame Wildlife Program helped bring back bald eagles, ospreys and bluebirds to Alabama, but many other nongame wildlife species still need help. More
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 Outdoor Alabama March 2012 E-Newsletter