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Georgia 4-H State Leader Arch Smith (right) and Georgia 4-H Environmental Education Program Director Melanie Biersmith unveil the sign at the Diane Davies Natural History Museum on Oct. 29, 2013. Davies, the founder of the program, looks on. CAES News
Davies Honored
Thirty-four years ago, Georgia 4-H State Leader Tom Rodgers gave Diane Davies $300 and six months to create an environmental education program for children. She turned that $300 into a nationally recognized program that has served over 1 million children in Georgia's public schools, private schools and home-schooled students.
Bat removal
If you have bats in your belfry, or your attic, now is the time to remove them before they hibernate in your home for the winter.
Dac Crossley, emeritus curator of mites for the Georgia Museum of Natural History, collected the first of the museum's Georgia-grown Brood II cicadas over Memorial Day weekend in White County. The museum's curators are asking the public to send any intact cicada carcasses they find to help study the Brood II emergence in Georgia. (Credit: J. Merritt Melancon/UGA) CAES News
Cicada time
After weeks of anticipation, insect watchers are getting the show of a lifetime as the Brood II periodical cicadas emerge from the soil in the north Georgia mountains. University of Georgia entomologists are hoping to use the public’s interest in this year’s emergence as a chance to research and better map the range of the cicadas.
Mosquitoes feed on sugar water in Mark Brown's endocrinology lab on UGA's Athens campus. CAES News
Mosquito Madness
This year’s unseasonably cool spring has left middle and north Georgia virtually mosquito free so far. But with the return of warmer nights that old familiar buzz won’t be far behind.
A pair of hummingbirds fly around a feeder at a North Georgia home. CAES News
Bird habitats
Birds can be an important aspect of a backyard environment. The selection of food-producing trees and shrubs can ensure the presence of birds year-round. To attract and maintain a bird population, a habitat should provide food, cover, nesting areas and water.
Pictured is a Piedmont Azalea growing in the Coastal Plain Research Arboretum on the Tifton campus of the University of Georgia. CAES News
Wildflower Symposium
The South Georgia Native Plant and Wildflower Symposium has blossomed into a must-see event for gardening enthusiasts.
A visitor to Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga., reluctantly touches a small American alligator. CAES News
Reptiles and amphibians
Have you ever wondered where turtles go in the winter or why salamanders have slimy skin? Rock Eagle’s next Saturday at the Rock program, Snakes, Turtles and More, will answer all of these questions.
Diane Davies, retired Georgia 4-H Environmental Education program director, has been named to the National 4-H Hall of Fame.  Shown during the induction ceremony are Debbie Nistler, NAE4-HA president, Davies, Lisa Lauxman, director of the Division of Youth and 4-H, National Institute of Food and Agriculture USDA and Jennifer Sirangelo, executive vice president of the National 4-H Council. CAES News
4-H Hall of Fame
The National Association of Extension 4-H Agents honored Diane Davies, known as the founder of the environmental education program in Georgia, by inducting her into the National 4-H Hall of Fame on Oct. 12 at the National 4-H Youth Conference Center in Chevy Chase, Md.
An American Kestrel from the Rock Eagle 4-H Center's collection CAES News
Native raptors
Is that a red-tailed hawk or a red-shouldered? If you’ve ever wanted to identify native raptors, the Saturday, Sept. 15 session of Saturday at the Rock is perfect for you. The Birds of Prey class is set to begin at 9:30 a.m. at Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.