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Include Wildlife In Your Backyard

October is the perfect month for North Georgia homeowners to add plants to the landscape. While you are designing an attractive landscape for your enjoyment, take some time to think about including plants and other items that will attract wildlife to your yard. Keep in mind that what you include…
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Slow Down for Wildlife

Box Turtle

Summer is in full swing in Appalachia, and with it comes an increase in traffic through our mountain towns. Whether your interest lies in a float down the river, whitewater rafting, kayaking, hiking into the backcountry, mountain biking, fishing, visiting our lovely orchards and vineyards, or enjoying a bite to…
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With spring comes the black bear

Black Bear Cubs

As the weather continues to change and day temperatures become increasing warmer, we can expect to start seeing more and more wildlife activity. With this in mind, as marching time draws on, I find myself waiting to get the first calls about one of the most notable wildlife species with…
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Leave the leaves!

Over the past couple weeks, the signs of winter’s arrival are becoming more obvious. December has brought us some colder weather, and the same leaves that provided us with a bright, autumn display have now turned brown and are falling off the trees. Vegetable gardens are starting to look a…
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Monarch migration is underway

Monarch Butterfly

Just as fall color is brought on by cooler weather and shorter days, the Eastern Monarch butterfly’s migration is also driven by seasonal changes. Thus, the time of year has arrived for folks along the east coast to look for signs of Monarch butterflies making their way southward. Depending on…
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Georgia’s Snakes

This is the time of year when the County Extension office gets lots of calls about snakes. For some people, the thought of crossing paths with a snake evokes extreme fear, but the truth is that snakes are an ordinary and important part of the landscape in Georgia. Over the…
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Don’t Feed the Bears!

Since the weather has warmed up I have been getting an increasing number of calls from folks who have sighted black bears in their yard. The first sighting is usually an exciting event – what a thrill to see such a large wild animal up close! However, additional visits by…
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