Environment Blog Posts

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December 6, 2017 - Filed Under: Environment, Urban and Backyard Wildlife

Teaching your children or grandchildren about nature can start in your own backyard. Birdwatching is a simple, inexpensive way to start a conversation about our natural resources and their importance in the ecosystem.

But first, you’ll need a set of binoculars that you can actually see through clearly. If you have only one set, you’ll want to adjust them properly for each user. However, this task can be frustrating.

Extension Wildlife Biologist Adam Rohnke explains the correct steps for getting a clear view through your binoculars.

Bud vases filled with greenery, holly berries and roses
November 28, 2017 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

With Thanksgiving celebrations behind us, we’re beginning to decorate our homes for Christmas, and calendars are filling up with Christmas parties. That has everyone thinking about hostess gifts, parting gifts and thoughtful gifts for friends.

Our floral design specialist Jim DelPrince has an easy, inexpensive bud vase that can meet all those needs. He’ll show you how it’s done.

Close-up of a fall decorative basket with pine cones, pumpkins, gourds and artificial flowers and grasses.
October 31, 2017 - Filed Under: Lawn and Garden

If you want to freshen up your fall décor or add a new piece to the mix, this project is for you. Our MSU Extension Service floral specialist Jim DelPrince shows you how to make an easy and pretty basket to hang on a wall or door.

Plastic debris is seen in an open black trash bag sitting on the beach at the 2016 Mississippi Coastal Cleanup.
October 10, 2017 - Filed Under: Community, Environment, Fisheries, Waste Management, Water

How much trash does your family generate? How much of that trash is single-use plastic, like water bottles and food packaging?

You might be surprised to know that much of that plastic ends up littering our waterways, beaches and oceans. In fact, the No. 1 item polluting these areas is plastic.

Two men hold a hammerhead shark while conducting research aboard a boat.
September 28, 2017 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Fisheries

Our Extension photographer Kevin Hudson went out to sea to snag some great photos of the Master Naturalist training last weekend. We wanted to share a couple with you! On hand was our new Extension marine fisheries specialist Marcus Drymon. 

Deer University logo showing buck with huge rack.
September 26, 2017 - Filed Under: Natural Resources, Wildlife, White-Tailed Deer

Gear ready? Check.

Hunter’s Safety Course & hunting license? Check.

Know the rules for your hunting spot? Check.

I’ve learned a lot about hunting since marrying into Mississippi 10 years ago. And whenever I really want to score points with my husband, I bring home information from MSU Extension experts. Now everyone can access science-based information whenever they want it, thanks to a new podcast, Deer University!

headshot of Dr. Jay McCurdy, PhD
September 19, 2017 - Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management, Weed Control for Lawn and Garden

Are you longing for a great looking yard next summer – the kind that wins the neighborhood Yard of the Month award? Well, there are a few things you need to do now to get that lush, green carpet.

 

 

 

About Extension for Real Life

Extension for Real Life is a product of the MSU Extension Service’s Office of Agricultural Communications.

That’s a long way of saying we are professional communicators who get to talk about food, families, 4-H, flowers, and farming for a living. Pretty good gig, right?

The three main writers for the blog are Ellen Graves (Seamstress of Social Media Strategy), Susan Collins-Smith (Content Connector) and Keri Lewis (Captain Cat Herder). But we get by with a lot of help from our friends in Ag Comm and Extension!

You can reach us at 662-325-2262 or extreallife@msstate.edu

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Snow covers a split-rail fence and trees near Mount Locust on the Natchez Trace in Jefferson County, Mississippi on Dec. 8, 2017.

Snow covers a split-rail fence near Mount Locust on the Natchez Trace in Jefferson County, Mississippi on Dec. 8, 2017. Photo credit: Kevin Hudson

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