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Outdoor Alabama Announces
its 2013 Photo Contest
From its wildlife to its landscape, there is no more photographic a state than Alabama. Are you a photographer with an eye for its natural beauty? If so, then show us your work. Outdoor Alabama magazine is pleased to announce its 2013 Photo Contest, with winning entries to be published in the February 2013 issue. The contest is open to any amateur photographer except employees of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and members of their immediate families. An amateur is defined as someone who does not earn a living from photography. Photographers may enter up to 10 photos. The photos may be in the same category or spread among different categories. More

Conservation Enforcement Officer
Awarded Medal of Honor
Joe Lindsey, a Conservation Enforcement Officer with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, has been awarded the 2012 Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor. He received the award during a joint session of the Alabama Legislature held to honor the state's law enforcement officers on Thursday, April 12, 2012. The award is the highest given for law enforcement in the state and recognizes law enforcement officers for exceptional courage in the line of duty. Gov. Robert Bentley joined 19 other nominees from law enforcement agencies across the state for the ceremony. More

Lake Guntersville Rebounds 
One Year After Storms
One year after three tornadoes tore a path of destruction through Lake Guntersville State Park, the park has rebounded and is still a primary vacation spot in North Alabama. Improved views from the campground and a recently renovated championship golf course are just a few of the attractions that make the park so special to visitors. Some of the improvements are still in the planning and execution stages, but the park has many offerings to keep even the most adventurous guests satisfied including the 18-hole Eagle’s Nest Golf Course, 36 miles of hiking trails, excellent fishing, 139 improved campsites with more opening soon, six primitive campsites and two rental campers, more than 35 geocaches, 18 chalets and five lakeside cabins. All of the 112 lodge rooms are now open and the Pinecrest Dining Room is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More

Stay Connected While Camping
at Select Alabama State Parks
With free wireless Internet now available at select Alabama State Park campgrounds, roughing it no longer means disconnecting from the modern world. Currently Lakepoint, Gulf, Wind Creek, and Cheaha State Parks have Wi-Fi Internet in the campgrounds. Lake Guntersville, Joe Wheeler, and Oak Mountain are in the final stages of establishing their Wi-Fi systems. According to Alabama State Parks Interim Director Tim Wishum, the wireless Internet program is one of the largest wide-scale Wi-Fi deployments of any United States park system. The Alabama program will provide more than 20,000 park guests with free Internet access while camping. More

Safe Boating Week May 19-25
Properly fitted life jackets or personal flotation devices are a must-wear when you’re on the water this summer. Wearing a life jacket can dramatically decrease your chances of drowning while boating. More than 70 million Americans enjoy recreational boating each year, hundreds of which die in boating accidents. Most people who drown during these accidents do so because they aren’t wearing a life jacket. Make safety a priority to ensure boating stays fun. Don’t become a statistic. To learn more about boating safely visit the boating section of Outdoor Alabama, or the North American Safe Boating Campaign website. Wear it, Alabama!
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Nongame Wildlife Conference
July 23-24 in Auburn
The Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries announces the third Alabama Nongame Wildlife Conference will be held at the School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences building at Auburn University on July 23-24, 2012. Sessions will be held on the following species groups: Mammals, Birds, Reptiles/Amphibians, Fishes, Crayfishes, Snails and Mussels. More

2012 NASP State Championship Winners Announced
Alabama’s National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) State Championship was held Thursday, April 5, 2012 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Center in Birmingham. More than 1,200 students from across the state, grades three through 12, competed for the title of state champion and the opportunity to advance to the national championship in May. More

CAB Meets May 19
in Spanish Fort
The Alabama Conservation Advisory Board will hold its third scheduled meeting of 2012 on Saturday, May 19, at the Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, Ala. 36527. 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. Five Rivers is located off the Mobile Causeway across from Meaher State Park. More

Lionfish Invasion!
The invasive lionfish is moving into Alabama waters. Please report all sightings to Craig Newton at Alabama Marine Resources (251-861-2882). Here is a link to last year's Outdoor Alabama article on the lionfish. Oddly enough, they are good to eat!

Next Conservation Q&A
is May 18
Join the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) for an hour-long web chat on Friday, May 18, 2012, at noon. During the next Conservation Q&A web chat we will be answering all of your alligator hunting questions. We’ll still be taking your other wildlife and fishing questions as well. You can also send yourself an email reminder about the chat so you don't forget about it. 
Outdoor Alabama — Something for Everyone
Whether you enjoy birdwatching, bass fishing, camping, hiking, hunting, or just reading about our state’s natural resources, you’ll find it in Outdoor Alabama magazine. Each subscription also includes the beautiful calendar issue in December and the photo contest issue in February.
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 Outdoor Alabama May 2012 E-Newsletter