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While bee populations have been declining for the past several decades, urban beekeeping and public awareness of pollinators are on the rise. CAES News
While bee populations have been declining for the past several decades, urban beekeeping and public awareness of pollinators are on the rise.
Pollinator Census
In three months, an army of citizen scientists across the state will undertake a first-of-its-kind pollinator count across Georgia. To prepare for the Great Georgia Pollinator Census this August, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is offering a few summer reading suggestions for citizen scientists of all ages.
Without removing wild pigs from the landscape, it is nearly impossible to prevent them from using and damaging wildlife food plots. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent wild pigs from raiding protein feeders. CAES News
Without removing wild pigs from the landscape, it is nearly impossible to prevent them from using and damaging wildlife food plots. Fortunately, it is possible to prevent wild pigs from raiding protein feeders.
Wild Pigs
Game feeders are often used to provide high-protein supplemental feeds to increase the body condition, antler size and overall survival rates within deer herds. Every year, thousands of tons of feed are distributed for whitetails, but a portion of that feed is consumed by wild pigs that readily displace native wildlife species.
This Southeastern Myotis is one of the 16 bat species that live in Georgia. CAES News
This Southeastern Myotis is one of the 16 bat species that live in Georgia.
Bat Week
Bats may have a reputation for being spooky, but UGA researchers say a world without bats would be absolutely terrifying.
A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018. CAES News
A Joro spider found in Hoschton, Georgia in 2018.
Joro Spiders
If northeast Georgia yards seem a little extra spooky this Halloween season, there’s a good reason. They may have a little extra help from a new neighbor who is really into those cobweb decorations. 
Wildlife management efforts on small acreage are not in vain. These plots may not forever hold a flock of turkeys, a covey of quail, or a trophy buck, but they often become important parts of these animals' range. The photo of this buck was taken by a wildlife camera on a 7-acre lot. CAES News
Wildlife management efforts on small acreage are not in vain. These plots may not forever hold a flock of turkeys, a covey of quail, or a trophy buck, but they often become important parts of these animals' range. The photo of this buck was taken by a wildlife camera on a 7-acre lot.
Managing Wildlife
While implementing habitat improvements on a small property can provide homes to small mammals, songbirds, reptiles and amphibians, the home ranges of large mammals and several birds often encapsulate several hundred acres.
Snakes are a vital part of Georgia's ecosystem but most people don't want more snakes than necessary in their landscapes. To discourage snakes, keep landscapes well trimmed, clean and free of food or debris that could attract mice, rats or other snake prey. This albino corn snake is rare but native to Georgia. CAES News
Snakes are a vital part of Georgia's ecosystem but most people don't want more snakes than necessary in their landscapes. To discourage snakes, keep landscapes well trimmed, clean and free of food or debris that could attract mice, rats or other snake prey. This albino corn snake is rare but native to Georgia.
Snake Control
While snakes can provide significant ecological benefits, they impart fear in many people, hunt fish in ponds, and eat eggs and chicks in poultry houses.
Spending a summer day in the Georgia wilderness is more fun when you're prepared for the heat, humidity and sun. CAES News
Spending a summer day in the Georgia wilderness is more fun when you're prepared for the heat, humidity and sun.
Outdoor Safety
Kyle Woosnam knows a thing or two about having fun outside and safely making it home by the end of the day.
Both species of skunks found in Georgia are quite beautiful, but they are often viewed negatively due to the pungent, musky odor they can emit. This odor lingers for days and can become nauseating for some people. They also dig up lawns in search of insects and grubworms and raid backyard poultry pens and eat eggs and birds; eat garden vegetables; and damage beehives. CAES News
Both species of skunks found in Georgia are quite beautiful, but they are often viewed negatively due to the pungent, musky odor they can emit. This odor lingers for days and can become nauseating for some people. They also dig up lawns in search of insects and grubworms and raid backyard poultry pens and eat eggs and birds; eat garden vegetables; and damage beehives.
Skunk Control
It's the time of year when females skunks give birth. The two skunk species found in Georgia are striped skunks (polecats) and eastern spotted skunks (civet cats).
Thinning pine stands benefits the timber stand and the owner. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees. CAES News
Thinning pine stands benefits the timber stand and the owner. Reducing stand density reduces competition for nutrients, space and light and improves the vigor, growth rate and overall quality of the remaining trees.
Agroforestry & Wildlife
Pine straw production, timber sales and wildlife management will top the list of topics at the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day slated for Thursday, Sept. 20, at the University of Georgia’s Westbrook Research Farm in Griffin, Georgia.
In order for hunters, like University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Keith Fielder, to land deer like this nine-point buck, Georgia's deer population needs proper nutrition. A variety of foods are essential to a healthy herd. Much like humans, deer need proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water. CAES News
In order for hunters, like University of Georgia Cooperative Extension agent Keith Fielder, to land deer like this nine-point buck, Georgia's deer population needs proper nutrition. A variety of foods are essential to a healthy herd. Much like humans, deer need proteins, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and water.
Whitetail Nutrition
While deer can survive for a relatively long period of time on little to no food, the effects of a nutritional deficiency can be seen for up to two years after the deficiency. This often results in decreased body weights, decreased birth weights and decreased antler mass across the population.