Alabama Master Naturalist

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My wife Joyce and I witnessed this scene this past Saturday, September 25, while kayaking on the Little Cahaba near Highway 280. Our friend Joey Brackner suggested I post it here. We hope you enjoy.
Where is the Alabama Master Naturalist Program laid out??? I can find no information about it....
Hello! I am looking for current information on the Alabama Master Naturalist Program. Any current information regarding requirements, upcoming training, contacts in the Wiregrass area would be most appreciated!
Hello there. I'm visiting from New Hampshire but I'll be coming back to Alabama next year. I'm looking to go on a snake hunt in Alabama and I really don't know anything about the snakes in this State. I would LOVE to go on a HUNT to see live snakes such as the rattlers, Water Moccasins and the Copperhead. Is there anyone out here on Facebook that gives a tour through the woods and helps find snakes to view?? I don't want to kill them but I do want to see them up close in their native environment. Can anyone help me achieve my life-long dream of seeing these reptiles in the wild??? My email address is [email protected]. Thank you to everyone that attempts to make my dream come true.

The Alabama Master Naturalist program is a statewide program whose goal is to help promote awareness, understanding, and respect of Alabama’s natural world among Alabama’s citizens and visitors.

In addition, the AMN program will also develop a statewide corps of well-informed volunteers providing education, outreach, and service dedicated to the beneficial management of natural resources and natural areas within their communities. It may take up to a year to become a fully certified Alabama Master Naturalist. A participant starts by completing a 40-hour basic training course that is offer

Alabama Master Naturalist - Gulf Field Day - Alabama Cooperative Extension System 09/17/2022

Alabama Master Naturalist - Gulf Field Day - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

There's still time to register for the AMN field day at Gulf State Park on Monday, 9/19. It should be a great day. Activities will include iNaturalist, birding, plant ID, and seining Lake Shelby to see what fishes and other critters live there. Hope to see some of you there!

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Alabama Master Naturalist - Gulf Field Day - Alabama Cooperative Extension System Join the Alabama Master Naturalist program for a fun and informative field day at Gulf State Park. Alabama Extension has partnered with Alabama State Parks naturalists to provide a day showcasing what makes this part of the state special. Content will include interpretive hikes and opportunities to....

Alabama Master Naturalist - Rickwood Caverns Field Day - Alabama Cooperative Extension System 09/15/2022

Alabama Master Naturalist - Rickwood Caverns Field Day - Alabama Cooperative Extension System

There's still time to register for the AMN field day at Rickwood Caverns tomorrow! Randall Blackwood, State Parks naturalist, and Wesley Anderson, AMN program coordinator, will be leading the day. Randall will cover morning content (geology, map reading, and a cave tour) and Wesley will cover the afternoon session (citizen science/iNaturalist presentation, snake identification presentation, aboveground hikes). A few things to keep in mind:

1. The field day starts at 9am and will end by 5pm. There will be an hour-long lunch break.

2. We’ll meet at the nature center in the park. Enter the park, drive down the main road, go passed the playground, and it’ll be the building on the right. It’s built at the exit to the cave.

3. Please bring the following:
* Packed lunch – We’ll be eating at the nature center so it can certainly be stored in your cooler until lunchtime. Just don’t bring anything that’ll need to be heated up.
* Sturdy boots or shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty.
* Appropriate attire – Keep in mind that the cave itself is around 60 degrees, which might be chilly for most folks. Hikes aboveground might be hot. Layers are suggested.
* Water, bug spray, sunscreen, anything else to stay comfortable while hiking. Binoculars if you’ve got them.
* Flashlight or headlamp – be extra sure to bring this one – it’s necessary for the cave tour.
* If you have a smart phone, please consider downloading iNaturalist prior to arriving. It’s not required but doing so will enhance your experience. If you don’t have a smart phone or just want to bring one, consider bringing a digital camera.
* Something to write with.

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Alabama Master Naturalist - Rickwood Caverns Field Day - Alabama Cooperative Extension System Join the Alabama Master Naturalist program for a fun and informative field day at Rickwood Caverns State Park. Alabama Extension has partnered with Alabama State Parks naturalists to provide a day showcasing what makes this part of the state special. Content will include interpretive hikes and oppor...

09/08/2022

We hope all is well on your end. We're writing to provide some updates concerning the relaunch of the Alabama Master Naturalist program, which we know many of you have been eagerly anticipating. There’s some good news and some bad.

The bad – We aren’t quite finished with the online course yet. We apologize for setting some unrealistic expectations about its release date that we couldn’t meet on our end. We are still working hard to get this finished and released as soon as we can, and you all will be the first to know when it is.

The good – We’ve been collaborating with Alabama State Parks to provide Alabama Master Naturalist field days for this fall, some of which are coming up very soon. Since we haven’t officially relaunched the program yet, these are open to everyone. There is a $15 fee/person for each field day to cover our program costs. However, since the full course registration fee (when released) is $135 and the cost of those two field trips was already built into that price, the cost of these field days will be deducted from your course cost should you choose to enroll. If you attend one, the course registration fee will be $120. If you attend two, the course registration fee will be $105. That said, you’re welcome to register for as many of these as you’d like, but there won’t be any course discounts after 2. Remember that attending two field days is a requirement for full AMN certification.

To attend one of these field days, you’ll need to register at the links below. Only links for the ones that are coming up soon are available now, but we'll provide the remaining registration links when available. Regardless, we wanted to send out all the dates now so you could check your schedules and mark your calendars. Each field day will be different, but all will focus strongly on the history, habitats, and biodiversity of that particular state park. Field days will typically start at 9am and run through 5pm (8 hours).

• Monday, 9/12/2022 – Wind Creek State Park (Tallapoosa Co.) - https://www.aces.edu/event/alabama-master-naturalist-wind-creek-field-day/
• Friday, 9/16/2022 – Rickwood Caverns State Park (Blount Co.) - https://www.aces.edu/event/alabama-master-naturalist-rickwood-caverns-field-day/
• Monday, 9/19/2022 – Gulf State Park (Baldwin Co.) - https://www.aces.edu/event/alabama-master-naturalist-gulf-field-day/
• Wednesday, 9/21/2022 – Lake Guntersville State Park (Marshall Co.) - https://www.aces.edu/event/alabama-master-naturalist-lake-guntersville-field-day/
• Friday, 9/30/2022 – Oak Mountain State Park (Shelby Co.) - https://www.aces.edu/event/alabama-master-naturalist-oak-mountain-field-day/
• Wednesday, 10/5/2022 – DeSoto State Park (Dekalb Co.) - https://www.aces.edu/event/alabama-master-naturalist-desoto-field-day/
• Wednesday, 10/12/2022 – Cathedral Caverns State Park (Marshall Co.)
• Friday, 10/14/2022 – Joe Wheeler State Park (Lauderdale Co.)
• Wednesday, 11/2/2022 – Lake Guntersville State Park (Marshall Co.)
• Friday, 11/4/2022 – DeSoto State Park (Dekalb Co.)
• Friday, 11/11/2022 – Joe Wheeler State Park (Lauderdale Co.)
• Wednesday, 11/16/2022 – Cheaha State Park (Cleburne Co.)
• Friday, 11/18/2022 – Oak Mountain State Park (Shelby Co.)
• Monday, 11/21/2022 – Wind Creek State Park (Tallapoosa Co.)
• Wednesday, 11/30/2022 – Gulf State Park (Baldwin Co.)

06/21/2022
Alabama Master Naturalist updated their website address. 06/21/2022

Alabama Master Naturalist updated their website address.

Alabama Master Naturalist updated their website address.

05/17/2018

Discovering Alabama presents Whooping Cranes May 17th

Check this out and learn more about cranes in Alabama.

Photos from The Alabama Cooperative Extension System's post 03/16/2018

Get your feeders ready to greet the hummers back to Alabama.

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http://gbbc.birdcount.org/ If you enjoy birding, you may want to join the Great Backyard Bird Count that is taking place Feb. 16-19. Go this this website to sign up.

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Dec. 12 training for volunteers for bird stewardship program - Mullet Wrapper 11/27/2017

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Auburn University study shows growing bear population in northeast Alabama and distinct genetic group near Mobile 11/09/2017

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Great to hear that we have two distinct populations!

Auburn University study shows growing bear population in northeast Alabama and distinct genetic group near Mobile An Auburn University study on the black bear population in Alabama shows a growing number of bears in northeast Alabama and a distinct genetic group in southwest Alabama.

09/29/2017

Save the date for the ALAPARC 2017 Meeting, Novermber 3-5, 2017 at the Solon Dixon Forestry Education Center! Registration will be up soon, so keep your eyes out. Please submit abstracts for talks and posters to [email protected] by October 6th.

Eclipse2017 | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 08/18/2017

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There is a lot of misinformation going around regarding the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21. This link will help to explain what it is and and how to view it safely. Enjoy and I hope they let me out of jury duty on Monday so that I can also enjoy it first hand.

Eclipse2017 | Total Solar Eclipse 2017 Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America will be treated to an eclipse of the sun. Anyone within the path of totality can see one of nature’s most awe inspiring sights - a total solar eclipse. This path, where the moon will completely cover the sun and the sun's te...

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07/10/2017

Get Ready for the 2017 Solar Eclipse.mp4

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06/29/2017

We found a colony of what I believe are beech blight aphids (Grylloprociphilus imbricator) on an American beech along the nature trail while learning about nature during the Connecting Children and Nature Workshop at the Alabama Nature Center. Another common name for them is the boogie-woogie aphid because they appear to dance when disturbed.

Invasive bushes in Decatur killing cedar waxwings 03/04/2017

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If you have this growing in and around your house, get rid of this plant.

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Native, or Not So Much? - National Wildlife Federation 06/11/2016

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Snakes in Alabama: What You Need to Know - Extension Daily 06/06/2016

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Timeline photos 01/13/2016

While I was helping with planning for Pintalla Elementary's (south Montgomery Co.) nature trail on Monday morning,we came upon an interesting sight. There were several small clumps of dead plants that each had a wispy frost like material hanging from the bases of the plants. Since the temperature was below freezing during the night, it looked like the moisture that was in the plant stems tried to seep out and froze aroung the plant. It almost looked like cotton candy and was soft like the frost that is scraped off a windshield. One of nature's fleeting creations as it would disappear once the sun reached the area and the temperature rose just a few degrees. Have any of you ever seen this?

Timeline photos 01/05/2016

Timeline photos

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Timeline photos 11/05/2014

This is a nice addition to the other Legacy posters.

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Recent Bear Sightings 08/07/2014

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Recent Bear Sightings Boyd community Sumter County July14 Chunchula Mobile County July14 Co Rd 49 Cleburne County May14 Coffeeville Clark County June14

Mammals of Alabama (Gosse Nature Guides) 05/06/2014

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Mammals of Alabama (Gosse Nature Guides) Beautifully designed and sturdily bound for rugged field use, Mammals of Alabama is the first and only exhaustive guidebook to Alabama’s diverse and fascinating mammalian fauna. European and American naturalists visited the territory that would become Alabama as early as the late eighteent...R…

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series - eXtension 05/01/2014

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series - eXtension

The All Bugs Good and Bad Webinar series has a program coming up tomorrow at 2 p.m. EDT. This webinar is titled: Are Those Itsy Bitsy Spiders Good or Bad? If you are interested in watching it live, go to http://www.extension.org/pages/70120/ for information. You may also watch them at a later date since they are recorded. The last one was on Ticks and can be viewed at https://learn.extension.org/events/1381

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series - eXtension Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects. Topics will include how you can help good...

04/29/2014

Our next program for Coastal Alabama is titled, Alabama's Coastal Waters. This program will be held on May 8 at the Daupin Island Sea Lab from 9 am until around 4 pm. If interested, let me know.

Plants of the Wetland and Bog 04/28/2014

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Alabama's Coastal Wetlands at Weeks Bay 04/28/2014

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Total lunar eclipse coming up this month 04/09/2014

Total lunar eclipse coming up this month

This should be a great opportunity to view the Lunar Eclipse if the sky is clear. Of course, you will have to get up in the early morning hours to see it.

Total lunar eclipse coming up this month A total lunar eclipse will appear in the sky the night before Tax Day and Arizona will have a perfect view, if clouds stay out of the sky. 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens 03/26/2014

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Share this with a young person that you think may be interested.

Birmingham Botanical Gardens � � 2013 summer interns, Caroline Rowan, Ian Hazelhoff and Reid Pearlman Birmingham Botanical Gardens offers a variety of internship opportunities to college and high school students throughout the year.

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series - eXtension 03/19/2014

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series - eXtension

Here's a really good web series on BUGS that you may want to view. http://www.extension.org/pages/70120/all-bugs-good-and-bad-2014-webinar-series#.UyngafldXng

All Bugs Good and Bad 2014 Webinar Series - eXtension Please join us for this webinar series for information you can use about good and bad insects. Topics will include how you can help good...

Audubon Mountain Workshop Scholarships 03/19/2014

Audubon Mountain Workshop Scholarships

You may want to check this out.

Audubon Mountain Workshop Scholarships Birmingham Audubon Society, Birmingham, Alabama

Trek Birmingham | Places to GO and things to LEARN about Natural Birmingham 02/27/2014

Trek Birmingham | Places to GO and things to LEARN about Natural Birmingham

For those of you that live in the Birmingham area or travel to the area, you may want to check out the following website. It is titled Trek Birmingham and has information about a lot of interesting places around the area. http://trekbirmingham.com/

Trek Birmingham | Places to GO and things to LEARN about Natural Birmingham Trek Birmingham is an educational and recreational resource for the greater Birmingham area provided by Birmingham-Southern College’s Urban Environmental Studies Program.

Timeline photos 02/07/2014

Looks like it will be a great webinar tomorrow at 2 pm Eastern, 1 pm Central.

Learn more about pollinators and how you can encourage them in your garden. Free webinar tormorrow Friday, 2/7 at 2 PM Eastern https://learn.extension.org/events/1370

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System - ACES.edu 01/24/2014

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System - ACES.edu

Alabama Master Naturalist program announces upcoming program and schedule for Coastal Alabama. First session is scheduled for February 25, 2014 at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. The title for this one is Alabama's Cultural Landscape. We Will be posting the registraion form and schedule on the AMN website at http://www.aces.edu/natural-resources/amn/

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System - ACES.edu The Alabama Cooperative Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.

Moving Out! 12/18/2013

Moving Out!

Moving Out! The many weather sites we check multiple times each day, are unanimous this morning. Winds are the surface are calm, or barely there and from the north. Aloft they are 15-20 knots and also from a northerly direction, which will provide some push in the right direction. Tune in later to learn where w...

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System - ACES.edu 08/09/2013

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System - ACES.edu

The location for the next AMN session titled Alabama's Geology and Soils is the Birmingham Botanical Gardens' Ireland Room. It is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 from 9 am until 4 pm. The cost is $35 and lunch is included. A link to the registration flyer should be availalble at http://www.aces.edu/natural-resources/amn/ early next week.

Natural Resources: Alabama Master Naturalist | Alabama Cooperative Extension System - ACES.edu The Alabama Cooperative Extension System operates as the primary outreach organization for the land-grant functions of Alabama A&M and Auburn Universities.

08/07/2013

I wanted to let everyone know that I have a date for our last AMN session in the Birmingham Area. This program is scheduled for Thursday, August 29 and the topic is Alabama's Geology and Soils. I have Dr. Jim Lacefield scheduled for the morning. We are still trying to lock down a meeting locations, but I thought everyone may want to mark their calendars. I will try and send out a flyer on Thursday containing additional information.

05/14/2013

Next meeting is Wednesday, May 22nd which will be a joint session with the Montgomery and Birmingham groups in Montevallo. The topic will be Alabama's Wetlands and we will be visiting Ebenezer Swamp as a part of this program http://www.montevallo.edu/biology/EbenezerSwamp.shtm

Registration information may be accessed at http://www.aces.edu/natural-resources/amn/ or you may contact me by email at [email protected]

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