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Stokes Alabama Alligator

Amanda Stokes and her party (John Stokes, Savanah, Kevin and Parker Jenkins) from Thomaston, AL hauled in this 15 foot, 1011.5-pound gator from the waters near Millers Ferry Saturday morning, August 16, 2014. This is the largest gator to come out of Alabama during a regulated alligator hunt. (Photo distributed by ADCNR)

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources will open online registration for the state’s 12th annual regulated alligator hunts June 2 at 8 a.m.

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Southeastern Bat
This southeastern bat was confirmed to have white-nose syndrome. (Photo: Dottie Brown.)

Biologists have confirmed white-nose syndrome (WNS) in the southeastern bat (Myotis austroriparius) for the first time. The species joins eight other hibernating bat species in North America afflicted with the deadly bat fungal disease. 

The diseased bat was found in Shelby County, Alabama, at Lake Purdy Corkscrew Cave by surveyors from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Nongame Program; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service-Alabama Ecological Services Field Office; Ecological Solutions, Inc.; and the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc.

The cave is owned by the Birmingham Water Works and managed by the Southeastern Cave Conservancy, Inc. The conservancy is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting cave and karst environments across the Southeast through conservation, education and recreation. 

WNS in the southeastern bat was confirmed in the laboratory by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Advancements in sonar and GPS technology are now helping anglers catch more fish in Alabama’s state lakes. The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries has updated State Public Fishing Lake contour maps originally produced in the 1970s and 1980s.

The new maps are more accurate, have finer detail and are less expensive to produce. Contour maps are available via the State Public Fishing Lakes page on the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website, outdooralabama.com.

“The older maps varied in depth and lacked the detail of the newer maps,” said Matt Marshall, WFF State Lakes Supervisor. “By updating the contour maps we hope to provide better information for anglers to catch more fish.”

To access the maps, click “state fishing lakes” in the Fishing drop-down menu on outdooralabama.com. From the state lakes page, click the link titled “Updated Contour and Depth Maps.” Then check State-Public Fishing Lakes, Lake Contours and Lake Depth under the Fishing option to the left of the interactive map and zoom in on the lake you would like to view.

The new maps are also available by clicking the “map” icon on the outdooralabama.com homepage.

WFF owns and operates 23 State Public Fishing Lakes in 20 counties throughout Alabama. These lakes range in size from 13 to 184 acres with a total of 1,912 surface acres. For more information about State Public Fishing Lakes, call the WFF Fisheries Section at 334-242-3471, or visitwww.outdooralabama.com/alabama-state-public-fishing-lakes.

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through four divisions: Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.

SOURCEAlabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

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Colorfest, a two-day celebration filled with free family fun atop Lookout Mountain in Mentone and sponsored by the Mentone Area Preservation Association, welcomes the arrival of the autumn season and all its colorful glory.

BandColorfest is set for October 18-19 and brings together art, music, food and other family-friendly activities as Mother Nature puts on a fabulous display of colors.

On Saturday morning, Oct. 18, gates open in Brow Park at 9 a.m. to a beautiful display of arts and crafts from more than 70 premier artists and craftsmen with breathtaking autumn views in the background. Swing by Mason Park to admire the Scarecrow Holler display and vote for your favorite handmade scarecrow.

This year’s event brings an additional blast of talent for festivalgoers to enjoy. The Echota Cherokee Tribe of Alabama and singers and musicians from area schools will perform throughout the weekend at the Children’s Festival, located in the side parking lot of Kamama Gallery. The Children’s Festival will also offer pony rides, pumpkin bowling, glitter tattoos, cookie decoration and a dunking booth where festival-goers have the opportunity to soak their favorite politician or other community leader.

Exciting, downhome mountain music fills the air beginning Friday evening, Oct. 17, with a two-hour tribute to the Beatles by David Lusk at the Mentone Inn pavilion from 8-10 p.m. Live music will keep festivalgoers on their toes throughout the weekend. Jess Goggans, Lisa Crow, Taylor Poff, Jared Cushen, Marc Womack, Silvia Constantino, Jerry Bloom, Ryan Keefe, Jordan Brown, Larry Joe Hall, David Lusk and Terry Hutcheson are slated to perform at the Brow Park pavilion.

Rise early Saturday morning for the One World Adventure Color Craze 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run before the festival. Modeled after popular color runs held across the country, participants will enjoy a scenic route beginning at Mason Park while being doused with colored powder. Sign in and race day registration begin at 7 a.m. with the first wave starting at 7:50 a.m. For more information and a registration form, visit www.oneworldadventureco.com/fall-fundraising-events/.

MuleDuring festival hours, the Taste of Mentone will be underway giving festival-goers an opportunity to try a signature dish from one of the many locally owned eateries. Additional activities include a huge scavenger hunt, a silent auction, horse carriage rides, and a Fish Fry hosted by One World Adventure at the Mentone Inn backyard pavilion on Friday from 3:30-7 p.m. Cost is $10 each and includes a heaping plate of fresh catfish, Dave’s hushpuppies, homemade slaw, drink and dessert.

Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. Brow Park is located off of Alabama Highway 117, north at the caution light in Mentone. All activities are held rain or shine and festival-goers are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and picnic blankets. Admission is free.

Sponsors include Jet Polymer Recycling, DeKalb Tourism, Skelton Orthodontics, Kamama Gallery, Wildflower Café, Mentone Realty, Custom Home Designs, Mentone Camps (Camp Laney, Alpine Camp, Camp Skyline, Camp DeSoto, and Riverview Camp), Wilson Funeral Home and Crematory, Accel Graphics, First Fidelity Bank, The Citizens Bank of Valley Head, Bruce’s Foodland, Westmoreland Tire Company, Valley Head Drugs, First State Bank of DeKalb, Dixie Salvage, BJ Foodmart, and Mountain Top Country Store.

For more information on Colorfest or on additional things to do in and around DeKalb County, contact DeKalb Tourism at 888.805.4740 or visit www.DiscoverLookoutMountain.com.

Source: DeKalb Tourism

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