Upcoming Events



2017 Limestone County Grassroots Survey

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The Alabama Cooperative Extension System, the primary outreach organization for the land-grant mission of Alabama A&M University and Auburn University, delivers research-based educational programs that enable people to improve their quality of life and economic well-being.  During our annual Grassroots meeting, our stakeholders have the opportunity to influence the coming years plan of work.

Please take a few moments and complete our online GRASSROOTS SURVEY.  Your involvement in the grassroots process is very important and will help Limestone County Extension better serve our stakeholders.  As always, the community can rely on Extension to deliver researched based educational opportunities in a multitude of different program areas.


“Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,

nothing is going to get better.  It’s not.” 

Dr. Seuss


Planting for Pollinators

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Zebra Longwing butterfly

The importance of pollinators can not be overstated.  Three-fourths of the world’s flowering plants and about 35 percent of the world’s food crops depend on animal pollinators to reproduce.

Some scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies and moths, birds and bats, and beetles and other insects.

It is everyone’s responsibility to help protect our pollinators.  Join Taylor Reeder, our Home Grounds, Gardens and Home Pests Agent at our upcoming workshop and learn what you can add to your garden for pollinators.

Time/Date:  May 4th, 2017, 6 pm – 7 pm

Location:  Limestone County Extension Office

There is no charge for this workshop, pre-register for this workshop by calling our office @ 256-232-5510.

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Rain Barrel Workshop

Rain Harvesting

The Drought is not over!

Currently most of North Alabama is experiencing severe drought conditions.  Being able to collect and save rain water is extremely helpful during drought.  Attend this upcoming rain barrel/harvesting workshop to learn how to maximize your rain water collection and use.

When:  February 7, 2017 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Cost: $50.00 for each completed rain barrel

Location: 1109 W. Market Street, Athens, AL 35611

Space is limited, so please register by January 31st by calling the 256-232-5510.

 

 

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All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar…Going to the snakes

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Snakes are one of those animals that get a bad rap!  There are not many animals that strike fear into people more than snakes, unfortunately most of that fear is unnecessary and unwarranted.  Snakes are very beneficial to humans in that they are very efficient at controlling rodents.  Some of the most harmless snakes actually will feed on other snakes including the venomous species.

The only good snakes is a dead snake statement could not be more wrong and it is a shame that many people think this to be true.  Although some snakes can present a danger to humans, if left alone most snake encounters occur without incident.

It is important to be able to distinguish between the venomous and non-venomous snakes.  There are 42 different species of snakes that call Alabama home, six of which are venomous.  Tune in to the September All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar for tips on identifying them.

The webinar is scheduled for Friday, September 3rd at 12:00pm

For more information and how to participate, click here 

 

Sixth Annual North Alabama Beekeepers Symposium

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Bees as well as other pollinators help to produce over $19 billion a year in agricultural crops through pollination.  It is important that we do our part through conservation efforts to help our pollinators thrive.

When:  August 20, 2016, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Where: Calhoun Community College (Decatur Campus)

Classes and demonstrations will be available to suit the needs of beekeepers at every level of experience in addition to those individuals just wanting to learn more about an amazing group of insects.  

Topics:
  • Honey Bees and Water
  • What Does A Good Colony Look Like?
  • Monitoring Africanized Honey Bee Activity
  • Queen Rearing – Cell Punch Method
  • Location and Setup of Your New Apiary
  • Harvesting Your Honey Crop
  • And much more
For more information related to the symposium, click here.
Click here for a very informative and detailed Backyard Beekeeping Publication 
Limestone County Beekeepers website
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4-H Hunting and Outdoor Skills Club

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Limestone County 4-H is excited to announce our newest community club the 4-H Hunting and Outdoor Skills community club. We plan to start offering this after school club in August of 2016 to any youth in our community that are between the ages of 9-18. Our team of instructors are compromised of certified 4-H volunteers that are also hunter education and youth shooting team coaches, with 20-40+ years of experience in the field. Two of our instructors will be traveling to Bryant Pond, Maine in June to become National level instructors for 4-H Hunting and Outdoor Skills.

The curriculum for this program begins with an introduction to hunting. Youth will learn the history of and why we hunt; hunting ethics; laws and regulations; landowner relations; wildlife management; and careers in hunting, shooting sports & wildlife management.

After this we move to learning about the different types of hunting through learning about different types of firearms as well as archery and camera. Lastly, we will get ready for the hunt by planning, making camp, and more firearm safety and survival. Youth will also learn about techniques including types of hunting from stalking, to tree stands, blinds, and dogs, followed by recovering, field care, and processing of game.

We concentrate mainly on specific species such as rabbits, squirrels, white-tailed deer, pheasants, waterfowl, and turkeys.

We are very lucky to have a wonderful set of instructors in our county that want to teach our youth about safe hunting practices.

If your child is interested in participating in this program please contact the Limestone County Extension Office at 256-232-5510.

 

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4-H Hunting Skills Coach Certification Class

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Do you have a passion for hunting and outdoor recreation?  Come and get certified as a 4-H Hunting Skills Coach and help educate the next generation of hunters.

Saturday May 7, 2016

This course will cover a wide range of topics including:

  • Hunting history
  • Hunting ethics
  • Laws/regulations
  • Landowner relations
  • Wildlife management
  • Careers in wildlife management
  • And much more!

To participate you must:

  1. Be at least 21 years old
  2. Contact your local Extension Office
  3. Submit 4-H Volunteer Application
  4. Submit 4-H Volunteer Background Check
  5. Set up a free Profile on 4-H ONLINE

For more information on times and location click here.

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All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar: Help pollinators cope with pesticides

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2016 All Bugs Good and Bad
Webinar Series
Help Pollinators Cope with Pesticides
April 1, 2016
2:00 PM EDT

Learn practical tips for preventing pollinator deaths from pesticides by Jack Rowe, Dr. James Tew, Sallie Lee and Dani Carroll from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

The moderators will be Mallory Kelley, Ellen Huckabay and Denise Heubach from the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

Connection link: http://connect.extension.iastate.edu/fireant

Click here for future All Bugs Good and Bad Webinars 

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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!