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It happens every year, my colleagues and I receive calls from well-intentioned citizens who have found orphaned (or what they believe to be orphaned) wildlife. In most cases (especially deer, where the mother is probably watching), the best option is to return the animal(s) to the place where you found it, and let “nature take its course.” But baby animals are “cute” and it seems cruel to just let them die.  Most people have a hard time doing that and, put a 4-year old grandson asking “why,” and it really gets tough.  For those of us who are not good at saying “no,” but may not wish to be stuck bottle-feeding baby squirrels, there is a possible answer; Outdoors Alabama, the website of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, provides a list of licensed wildlife rehabilitators (rehabbers), http://www.outdooralabama.com/current-wildlife-rehabbers .  A couple of warnings before you jump out of the car to rescue that baby anim

al: 1) Most rehabilitators are not eligible to accept white-tailed deer due to the large caging requirements; and 2) Most permitted rehabilitators are not able to accept foxes, coyotes, skunks, bats, raccoons, or feral pigs.  To some hardcore wildlife ecologist, making use of a rehabilitation service may be a cop out, but to others, like me perhaps, it is a way to come across to the public as a more approachable.  Will the successful rearing of one more baby brown thrasher make a significant difference in the thrasher population, probably not, but the positive experience of the person doing the rescue may help win another supporter for wildlife conservation.


Alabama Master Naturalist Program

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The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a new statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors. In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities.

Learn more about how you can participate today!

Bibb County Holds an Abundance of Natural Resources


Bibb County is blessed with an abundance of natural resources, including public and private forests, rolling pastures and the Cahaba River watershed. Most county residents depend on these resources for their livelihoods as well as recreation. The importance of using these resources wisely and conserving them is critical.

Regional Agent Andrew Baril works with Bibb County Extension staff to address individual client requests concerning ponds, wildlife plots, forests and other issues.

Programs include invasive plant and animal species education, wildlife and forestry education through school-based programs such as Bibb County Earth Day/Forestry Awareness Week Now (FAWN), and a workshop series developed with the Bibb County Natural Resources Planning Committee.