Here's what you saw on Good Day Alabama today:
JEH JEH LIVE - Jeh Jeh joined us from Regions Field for a sneak peak at the Heart Gallery Classic. It is on Sunday at Regions Field - 1401 1st Ave South, Birmingham, AL 35233. Join in the fun on the party deck at Regions Field and cheer for the Birmingham Barons while helping the Heart Gallergy of Alabama recruit families for children waiting in Alabama's foster care system! Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 & under or $100 family 4 pack. Ticket price includes admission to the Party Deck, food, t-shirt, and catch on the field after the game. The family 4 pack includes admission for 2 adults and 2 children 12 & under. The game begins at 3pm. For tickets or more information, visit heartgalleryalabama.com/.
ZOO CREW - Mickey visited with Kelsey Middleton from the Birmingham Zoo to learn more about the Mandril exhibit. For more information, visit birminghamzoo.com.
NEW SAT - In March of 2014, the College Board announced sweeping changes to the SAT®. The new assessment focuses on the knowledge and skills that current research shows are most essential for college and career readiness and success. Key changes include a move away from obscure "SAT vocabulary words" to the use of relevant vocabulary words in context, an in-depth focus on three essential areas of math, and the elimination of a penalty for guessing. One of the most enthusiastically received announcements was a partnership with Khan Academy — a leader in online education — to provide free, world-class test practice for the new assessment to all students anytime, anywhere. Official SAT Practice at KhanAcademy.org has been designed to level the practice field for all students who are interested in taking the SAT and preparing for college. The personalized and interactive online tools go beyond familiarizing students with the new SAT — they support and reinforce the work being done in classrooms by helping students focus on the skills required to be ready, without remediation, for entry-level, credit-bearing college courses at two- and four-year colleges. Sarah talked with The College Board's James Montoya — a former dean of admission at Stanford University who has counseled thousands of families through the college admission process — about what students and parents should know about the new assessment ahead of next school year, and share more details about how students can take advantage of Official SAT Practice.
ASK THE DOCTOR - Sarah talked with Dr. Jo Herzog, a dermatologist at Brookwood Medical Center. She discussed cosmetic, anti-aging procedures. She also took viewer questions about chemical peels, microdermabrasion, laser treatments and sun damage. Everyday people may have skin issues they have been trying to treat on their own. Sometimes, over-the-counter products work. However, some skin conditions require medical treatment and expert treatment plans to begin the healing process. If patients have been suffering from a skin problem, they are not alone. Many people suffer from the same problem; now is the time to receive proper treatment. People struggling with wrinkles, age spots or other skin problems that occur due to age and sun exposure, can be treated through a variety of techniques. Dr. Herzog's goal is to help reverse the effects of aging and sun exposure to the skin through several treatment options, including Dysport™, Botox® Cosmetic, Radiesse®, Restylane®, Juvederm®, Collagen and other soft-tissue fillers, Medical Microdermabrasion, Advanced Medical Facials, Chemical Peels, Laser Treatments, Hair Restoration, and Laser Skin Resurfacing.
GARDENING - Mike talked with Bethany O'Rear about IPM and Beneficial Insects. In Alabama, we do have to deal with our fair share of insects in the garden and landscape, but managing their populations is not as hard as it may seem. Taking the right steps initially, can help prevent a huge problem later. Integrated Pest Management uses environmentally sound, yet effective, ways to keep pests from damaging plants or annoying you. Successful IPM programs combine several control tactics for long term prevention and management of pest problems. The first question to ask is, "What kind of pest do I have?" and "Is it really a pest of concern?" Answering these questions is a must to correctly select the appropriate IPM tactics and materials. There are several cultural ways that you can address potential pests. Be sure to plant pest-resistant or well-adapted plant varieties, such as those that are native to our region. It sounds like you inherited a lovely landscape with your new home; however, this step will be important for any future plantings that you undertake. Alter the garden environment to deprive pests of the food, water, shelter, or other requirements they need to thrive. Use of barriers or screens to keep out pests. In the home vegetable garden, small pieces of aluminum foil or panty hose, wrapped around the base of squash plants, prevents the squash vine borer moth from laying her eggs on the stem of the squash plant. Squash, trap, wash off, or prune out pests. A strong stream of water is a great way to wash aphids off of your plants. Once knocked off, they are unable to crawl back up the plant. Rely on and conserve good bugs. Beneficial insects kill pests, consequently reducing the need for insecticides.
Sometimes, even after following the steps listed above, additional action must be taken. If nonchemical controls are ineffective and pests are reaching intolerable levels, pesticides may be warranted. Be sure to choose carefully. Use the least toxic material that will achieve the desired result. Some of the least toxic insecticides are soaps, oils, and microbials such as Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) and spinosad. Also, always read product labels carefully and follow instructions on proper use, storage, and disposal. THE LABEL IS THE LAW! These are some common Good Bugs in Alabama Gardens - Lady Beetles Adults and their larvae eat aphids, Lacewings Larvae feed on many insect pests, Syrphid flies, the larvae eat aphids, and adults pollinate flowers, Parasitic mini-wasps, many species lay their eggs in pest such as aphids or caterpillars; their hatching larvae consume the pest and kill it, and Spiders, all spiders feed on insects or other arthropods and are beneficial in the garden. Always watch for and protect the beneficial insects. Think of them as garden helpers.