Nature Roundup January 19th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Check out UAB researcher Jim McClintock’s exclusive blog posts and photos from Antarctica in this edition of the Nature Roundup

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 19th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!

In this edition of the Nature Roundup, we celebrate stewardship of our special places around Alabama and planet Earth.

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Nature Roundup December 16th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Audubon in Birmingham Alabama

Looking for a break during the holidays? Drop by and see  the 2016 Audubon Traveling Photography  exhibit that is on display at the Birmingham Audubon Society’s office until December 22nd.

“Must read” from this week’s compilation of stories – our favorite:  “Gifts with nature in mind, gifts that give back.”  Bham Now found 28 local nature/conservation organizations that are selling special gifts over the holidays.

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Nature Roundup December 9th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Photo Courtesy of International Crane Foundation

If we had to pick the “feel good” story of the week, it has got to be OHenry’s Coffees installation of a solar energy system at their roasting facility.

We truly love the idea of “solar powered” coffee in the morning.

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Alabama Weekly Nature Roundup December 2nd edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

lrcc_-_logo_-_vertical This week, we are pleased to announce our new partnership with the JSU Little River Canyon Center.  Along with their support of Bham Now’s Nature Roundup, we also will be updating Bham Now readers regularly about the Canyon Center’s many activities, and developing stories, such as the one posted this morning about Little River Falls coming back to life this week.

Don’t Forget 

Don’t forget to purchase (and save money with an advance tix purchase) your December 6th BOLD Series ticket to see Jim McClintock.

In just four days, we will be holding our 2nd BOLD Speaker Series on Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 at Avondale Brewery.

Why should you buy a ticket and attend? Check out this video narrated by Harrison Ford – yes, Han Solo/Indiana Jones – describing McClintock’s observations and work.  Join us on Tuesday!

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 19 to November 25, 2016

Bankhead National Forest
Bankhead National Forest

Quote of the week:

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” -~Baba Dioum

Our favorite stories this week: Patagonia’s Give 100% to the Planet commitment, the story about the Little River Canyon National Preserve and where you can recycle cooking oil in Jefferson County.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 12 to November 18, 2016

Photo by: Charles Walton - one of our favorite "Supermoon " pics
Photo by: Charles Walton – one of our favorite “Supermoon ” pics

Quote of the week – “I love to think of Nature as wireless telegraph stations through which God speaks to us every day, every hour, and every moment of our lives.” ~ George Washington Carver

The week of the Supermoon.  Drought continues.  Move I-20/59 takes a hit. And the big question – will Alabama ever develop a sustainable water plan?

Looking for something to do this weekend? Become a Preserve Ranger!

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 5 to November 11, 2016

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News Stories

Bham Now – Keep Your ‘Butts in Your Seats’ and Other Ways to Help Our Drought

Bham Now – Don’t let the Sink Drip or it could Cost You

Bham Now – Bham Bicycle Paths for the Cycler in You

Bham Now – State Parks Amendment 2 wins in landslide – Yes vote nears 80%

Alabama Forestry Commission – ‘No Burn’ Order Expanded to All Alabama Counties

WBHM –New “Nutritional Labels” For Trails Go Up At Oak Mountain
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Train Your Yard to Defeat Drought. You can do it. Yes, you!

By: Bill Finch

Wouldn’t it be great if you could train your yard to be more resistant to drought?

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Courtesy of Pexels

Expecting our modern lawns and gardens to weather a drought is like expecting a hopeless couch potato to run a marathon. The way we water our yards has actually created weak and breathless plants that can’t survive under normal conditions, much less when things take a turn toward drought.

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Don’t Spray and Pray. How to water.

By: Bill Finch

Trickle down politics may not have helped your pocketbook, but trickle-down watering will make all the difference in how your plants survive this drought.

Watering Dripper hose Lowes
Dripper hose. Courtesy of Lowes

Trickle-down watering is simple: You simply set the end of your hose on the plant you want to water, and you let the water trickle out, drip, drip, drip. Sort of like a leaky faucet. And it affects your water bill about like a leaky faucet: You’ll barely notice.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 29 to November 4, 2016

Moss Rock Festival
Moss Rock Festival this weekend – November 5-6 in Hoover

Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.

In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.

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