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Extension Outdoors from 2014

Eastern bluebirds will benefit from suet, a high-fat, high-calorie treat, in the winter months. (Photo by Jeanne Creech)
December 5, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Brrr…it’s cold out there…we need some cover!

Winter arrived early this year in Mississippi. Not only did humans notice, but so did the birds. Providing winter habitat in your backyard for birds is quite simple, as long as you have the essentials: cover, food and water.

John Louk with the Treestand Manufacturer's Association demonstrates a properly secured safety harness when using a portable, lock-on tree stand. (File photo courtesy of the Treestand Manufacturer's Association)
December 12, 2014 - Filed Under: Wildlife

One of the most useful tools for hunters, besides their weapons, is a tree stand.

The basic function of a tree stand is to elevate hunters off the ground to improve their visibility of an area. A good tree stand location can also provide cover and prevent game from detecting human scent.

Water resources are connected, like this stream entering an oxbow in the Mississippi Delta. Chemicals that enter in one area have the potential to spread far and wide, impacting water quality and the health of aquatic organisms. (Photo by the MSU Water Quality Laboratory)
December 19, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Water

By Beth Baker
Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture
Mississippi State University

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- A simple step toward improving water quality is as close as the home bathroom cabinet.

Many people take medications, whether prescribed or over-the-counter. Many also use a variety of personal care and household products, such as perfumes, hand sanitizer, sunscreens and cleaners.

Consistently providing nutritious seeds and nuts to songbirds in the wintertime can offer humans a closer view of these wild animals. (Photo by Marina Denny)
December 26, 2014 - Filed Under: Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

MISSISSIPPI STATE -- As the days get colder and food sources for wildlife become scarce, people worry about wild animals being able to survive the winter without supplemental feeding.

Even in the relatively mild Mississippi winters, wildlife food sources go dormant and temperatures can dip below freezing -- especially at night.


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