Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.
Travel around your neighborhood, for just five minutes, and you will find abandoned Christmas trees carelessly tossed out in the streets, alleys, and next to dumpsters with no intention to be picked up. In fact, sometimes you can find discarded trees with Christmas lights still wrapped around the tree.
This past month’s Bham Now BOLD speaker and UAB Polar and Marine Biology Professor Jim McClintock was featured in al.com yesterday, detailing his upcoming 24th and 25th journeys to Antarctica in 2017
Written by al.com’s environmental reporter Dennis Pillion, the profile describes McClintock’s future research efforts in Antarctica which may prove useful for people suffering from cancer to antibiotic resistant infections.
The article also recognizes fellow polar researchers Chuck Amsler, a marine algae and seaweed specialist at UAB, and Bill Baker, a chemist from the University of South Florida. McClintock called himself and his fellow researchers the “Three Musketeers.”
The Cahaba River Society (CRS) was one of the first organizations to secure a “personalized” Alabama specialty car tag nearly two decades ago.
Here is a photo of one of their original tag designs back in 2001.
The other day, while we were in a meeting with Beth Stewart, the longtime Executive Director of Cahaba River Society, she pointed out another item on the new specialty tag besides the iconic cahaba lily and the blue “river-like” background.
That was the response I received all day yesterday at churches throughout Birmingham as I walked up unannounced and asked to take pictures of the greenery, poinsettias, altars and creches.
Some folks were joyful, catching their second wind after a full day preparing their church for Christmas Eve. Others were focused at the task at hand, arranging flowers, the creche or the altar – but for a moment, they dropped everything and guided me.
ALL the churches I visited welcomed this stranger. In the midst of volunteering or doing their job for the church, every person I met had this openness about them, loving -kindness…Christmas spirit.
The autumn of 2016 in Alabama will be known as the “fall it did not rain.”
Throughout Alabama, consecutive days without rain records were shattered. Birmingham’s rainless streak ended at 61 days.
In mid-November, the clouds finally appeared, rain fell from the sky, and for the past month we have received some significant rainfall, filling our dry creek beds and giving us a glimpse of fall colors.