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A black and white skunk.
May 6, 2021 - Filed Under: Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

A skunk knows how to make its presence known. With their furry black and white coats and pungent odor, they’re hard to miss! Mississippi is home to two species of skunks: the spotted skunk and the striped skunk. The striped skunk is the most commonly found skunk in the state and are easily identified by, you guessed it, a white stripe on their back. 

An American goldfinch sits on a bird feeder.
April 22, 2021 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Wildlife, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Mississippians concerned about the number of dead songbirds being found near feeders can use this opportunity to learn best practices to follow when offering birds food and water.

old paint, batteries, and medications.
April 15, 2021 - Filed Under: Waste Management

If you’ve been spring cleaning, you may have come across some items you need to donate, recycle, or throw out. Learn what to do with items that shouldn't go in the regular trash or standard recycling bins.

Graphic showing red snapper count in the Gulf of Mexico.
April 14, 2021 - Filed Under: Fisheries, Fish Management

BILOXI, Miss. -- The results of the Great Red Snapper Count are in!

In 2017, a team of fisheries experts began a two-year task of estimating the population size of red snapper in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico through this unprecedented, federally funded $12 million project. Scientists from several Southeastern universities and institutes, including Mississippi State University, used a variety of methods across the Gulf to accomplish this ambitious goal.

A winged, greenish insect rests on a branch.
April 5, 2021 - Filed Under: Insects, Forest Ecology

Many states are expecting an extra loud chorus of chirping cicadas this summer with the emergence of a massive 17-year brood of the insects, but Mississippi will not be part of this phenomenon.

Success Stories

View from a green kayak of the back of two women paddling a kayak.
Irrigation, Environment
Volume 7 Number 1

2020 Pearl River Clean Sweep removes thousands of pounds of trash

Photo essay by Jessi James and Pearl Riverkeeper Volunteers

Since it began 4 years ago, the Pearl River Clean Sweep has removed more than 135,000 pounds of trash from the Pearl River Basin, including the Pearl, Strong, and Bogue Chitto Rivers across 15 Mississippi counties and two Louisiana parishes.

The Clean Sweep offers an opportunity for volunteers to participate in a coordinated effort organized by like-minded leaders. Many people affiliated with the Mississippi State University...

Community, Food and Health, Food Safety, Health, AIM for CHangE, Coronavirus, Nutrition and Wellness, Natural Resources, Fisheries, Forestry, Forest Economics, Water, Wildlife
Volume 7 Number 1

Stories by Leah Barbour • Photos by Kevin Hudson

Four Extension experts named fellows in their disciplines

Four well-respected Mississippi State University Extension Service experts were recently named fellows in prestigious academic and service organizations.

Dr. Leslie Burger, Extension assistant professor, Dr. David Buys, Extension associate professor, and Marc Measells, senior Extension associate, were named fellows in 2020. Dr. John Byrd, Extension and research professor, was named a fellow in 2019.

Burger, a longtime wildlife youth...

A man wearing a blue shirt and a woman wearing a maroon shirt sitting on a four-wheeler in tall green grass in front of dark green trees.
4-H, Volunteers, Agriculture, Livestock, Coronavirus, Forestry
Volume 7 Number 1

Extension meets clients where they are through virtual platforms

Story by Nathan Gregory • Photos by Kevin Hudson

The Mississippi State University Extension Service has been part of Terry Barron’s life in many ways since she moved back to her home state more than 12 years ago.

First, she was a volunteer leader of her two sons’ 4-H club. Now, she is more of a learner as a frequent participant in Extension virtual educational meetings organized by James Shannon, an MSU Extension agent in Pontotoc County, which Barron calls home.

After it...

A man wearing a bright orange construction vest and hard hat stands in front of a logging machine.
Natural Resources, Forestry, Forest Management, Timber Harvest
Volume 6 Number 1

Drew Sullivan admits his first timber tract would not have fetched an appraiser’s attention, but he usually drove back home from a lumber yard in Kemper County each week with around $150 in his pocket— not bad for a 15-year-old Mississippi boy growing up in the mid-90s.

A man stands in front of a sign that reads, “Saltillo Mississippi, Welcome Home.”
Natural Resources, Water, Mississippi Well Owner Network, Water Quality
Volume 6 Number 1

Turning on a water faucet typically produces a clear and safe product. If that doesn’t happen, there’s trouble.

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Your Extension Experts

Portrait of Dr. John B. Auel
Assistant Extension Professor
Portrait of Mr. Butch Bailey
Extension Associate III
Portrait of Dr. Beth Harlander Baker
Assistant Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. Jason Barrett
Assistant Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. Leslie M. Burger
Assistant Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. James Marcus Drymon
Assistant Extension Professor
Portrait of Mr. Bill Hamrick
Senior Extension Associate
Portrait of Dr. Daryl Jones
Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. John Kushla
Extension/Research Professor
Portrait of Mr. Nelson Albert McGough, Jr.
Research Technician
Portrait of Mr. Marc Measells
Senior Extension Associate
Portrait of Dr. Wes Neal
Extension/Research Professor
Portrait of Dr. Larry Oldham
Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. Ben Posadas
Assoc Extension/Research Prof
Portrait of Dr. Adam Rohnke
Extension Specialist I
Portrait of Dr. Brady Self
Associate Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. Eric L. Sparks
Asst Ext Professor & Director
Portrait of Dr. Bronson Strickland
Extension Professor
Portrait of Dr. Shaun Tanger
Assistant Professor