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July 2006

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Inshore Saltwater Fishing
Summer is a great time for inshore saltwater fishing on Alabama’s coast. What will you catch and how do you catch it? Read about common coastal catches and tips for successfully fishing Alabama’s coast.
By John Mareska and Jay Gunn

Fighting the War against Cogongrass
Accidentally introduced into Alabama almost 50 years ago, cogongrass has caused nothing but trouble for people living and working in the Gulf Coast region. Learn what is being done to control this out-of-control grass.

Alabama Crossbills
Crossbills are not endangered in Alabama, but they are rare. Learn more about the characteristics of this distinctive bird as well as where to watch for it.
By Bill Summerour

Catfish Country!
Catfish is one of the most sought after species by anglers in the state. One of the best catfish fisheries in the nation can be found in north Alabama.
By Keith B. Floyd and Phil D. Ekema

Joe Wheeler Cardboard Regatta
The Cardboard Regatta has become a tradition during the Wheeler Yacht Club’s Family Fun Day at Joe Wheeler State Park. It draws many spectators who enjoy watching the boats being constructed and raced.
By Doug Fox

Attention: Boaters!
If you own a boat with a marine sanitation device, you need to be aware of Alabama’s regulations regarding sewage discharge. Here is an update on the laws associated with marine sanitation.
By Erica Shipman

Alabama Paddling, Family-Style
One family has found the perfect activity to take part in together—paddling Alabama’s streams and rivers. Read about their adventures on the water.
By Alison A. Chapman

Rediscovering Snails
Some of Alabama’s snails have not responded well to habitat changes over the years. There is good news, however. Three species thought to be extinct in Alabama were recently found in the Cahaba and Coosa Rivers.
By Jeffrey T. Garner

Farm Tractor Safety
Farm tractors are often used in wildlife management to establish food plots and other related activities. Always take precautions to operate the tractor safely. Here are some helpful reminders on staying safe.
By Tony Burgett

The blackberry is Alabama’s official state fruit. It’s not only tasty to humans, but wildlife benefits from this plant as well.
By Tracy Nelson

Military Operations: The State Park Connection
The diverse terrain of Alabama’s State Parks makes them not only attractive to recreational users, but also to special military operations.
By Tim Whitehead

Conservation News

Watchable Wildlife
Long-tailed Weasel
By Randy Liles

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