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  • A sleeping 2-3 yr old child

    Most adults need seven to nine hours of sleep each night, but a third of us fail to get enough sleep on a regular basis. A chronic lack of sleep has consequences for our daily functioning, mood, mental and physical health, as well as workplace productivity and worker and public safety. Our bodies use the…

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  • from behind, an adult man and three middle school youths at an archery competition.

    Under the mentorship of devoted volunteer coaches, nineteen young archers recently took aim at the Georgia 4-H State Archery Match, held at Rock Eagle 4-H Center on May 4, 2024. Competing within their age and experience brackets, spanning Cloverleaf, Junior, and Senior divisions, as well as Novice, Recurve, and Compound disciplines, participants were able to…

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  • a cicada with red-veined wings standing on the side of a tree trunk.

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County When I leave the house each morning, I hear the calls and songs of several bird species. This spring, we might hear another sound: the raspy song of male periodical cicadas trying to attract a mate throughout the daylight hours. Specifically, we’re expecting Brood XIX (Brood…

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  • Trees, shrubs, vines, and ground cover plants provide resting places for birds as well as escape cover from predators. Native plants are a natural choice for resident and migratory birds. Flowering native plants, such as serviceberry and redbud trees, smooth sumac and wax myrtle shrubs, Virginia creeper and passionflower vines, and herbaceous flowers like asters,…

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  • June 6th: Forestry Day in the North Georgia Mountains This event is open to all 4th-12th graders but they must be prepared to walk 3 miles. We’ll travel to Ellijay for a full day of activities including a property tour with Master Naturalist, Winston Davis, and his property managers to go over land management practices…

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  • An above ground well in the read of a ranch home.

    Drilled wells are deeper (100-400 feet) and less prone to contamination than bored wells, which tend to be shallow (10-30 feet deep). The deeper wells draw from the aquifer, which provides natural filtration for water, whereas shallow wells rely on surface water. Older wells (more than 20 years) are also at higher risk of contamination.…

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  • A glass tea cup sitting on a cork coaster, with a light green tea brewing inside. A garnish of mint leaves is sitting on the coaster.

    As Americans are wont to offer a bowl of chicken soup for relief from colds and flu, Brits are known to offer a cup of tea to counter stress. Research from the University of Georgia now suggests drinking tea may be effective in preventing infection with COVID-19. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, UGA Center for…

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  • A large white oak tree in full summer leaf

    March Madness is winding down for college basketball championships, NHL teams are qualifying for the Stanley Cup playoffs, and the baseball season is just starting up. It’s fun to cheer for our favorite sports champions, but have you ever thought about the trees that make sports possible? Maples provide hardwood flooring for basketball courts. Maple…

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  • Baffling the squirrels

    Heather N. Kolich, ANR Agent, UGA Extension Forsyth County I’m feeling rather smug. It’s been four weeks since our most recent effort to keep squirrels from nesting in our gutters, and we still haven’t heard them skittering across the roof. Gray squirrels (Sciurus carolinensis) are the most common squirrel species in Georgia. Although they’re forest…

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  • A group of 7th-12th grade youth with their public speaking awards.

    Each year, local students in 7th through 12th grade submit a Portfolio to the local Extension Office to signify their intent to participate in Junior/Senior Project Achievement in March. Portfolios are a celebration of youth’s work and accomplishments over the last calendar year. The document is two pages long and highlights the student’s work in…

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