What are Bham Now‘s most popular nature stories in 2017?
With only 3 days left in 2017, Bham Now surveyed the number of visits to our website, Facebook and Twitter to determine which nature stories interested you, our readers, the most.
Bham Now’s two most popular stories in 2017 came from a series that focused on Alabama’s rivers.
Both stories had stunning photos, including archival scenes of Clear Creek Falls, one of Alabama’s largest waterfalls and the surrounding canyons that are now submerged under Smith Lake. The story on “America’s Amazon” also showed images of rare snails and endangered species that reside in Alabama.
A solar powered school
In the Birmingham area, locally, the most popular story this year was about Altamont School’s development and construction of a large solar array on campus this past February.
Oak Mountain State Park improvements
Coming in second, as the most popular local story was an article about the progress Oak Mountain State Park has made since the Constitutional Amendment securing State Park funding was passed.
Best stories advocating environmental solutionsThe Alta
During the year, our two most popular environmental advocacy stories were about sewage discharge notifications and prescribed burning.
Two very different topics.
The sewage notification story helped educate people about the state of Alabama’s weak notification rules. The good news – the state did take action later in the year to strengthen the public’s right to know laws.
Spot the two boys in the photo? They were swimming downstream of a 4000 gallon sewage spill… nobody told them
The second most popular environmental advocacy/education story was the Nature Consevancy’s use of prescribed fire to enhance habitats.
Most popular story in December 2017
One last story that just made our list was this month’s story about the Intermediate musk turtle. The Bham Now story about Alabama’s newly discovered turtle was featured this week on National Public Radio.