Turning a vacant lot into a green oasis – TNC’s urban program featured in Huffington Post

(ALL RIGHTS) February 2016. Students from historic Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama create “conservation labs,” which are vacant land converted into productive land for pollinators, birds, biodiversity, stormwater treatment demo areas, and generational care for the environment. These labs are low maintenance and a low-impact design. Photo credit: © The Nature Conservancy (Devan King)

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) of Alabama’s urban conservation program in the Woodlawn neighborhood of Birmingham was featured in the Huffington Post this weekend.

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Celebrating Albert Bierstadt’s birthday today and his breathtaking painting at the BMA

Birmingham Museum of Art’s Bierstadt’s “Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California”  – Photo by: Pat Byington

According to the Birmingham Museum of Art, today is Albert Bierstadt’s 187th birthday. The BMA is home to Bierstadt’s stunningly beautiful painting, “Looking Down Yosemite Valley, California.”

Part of the permanent collection at the Museum, the painting is on a 64″ tall by 96 1/4″ wide canvas with a heavy walnut frame.

A national treasure, Bierstadt’s painting in Birmingham is a “must see” on every visit to the BMA.

 

 

Urban Standard fire update

 

Note on the door at Urban Standard

Yesterday, Bham Now traveled downtown to check out how Urban Standard was doing after their fire on Thursday morning.

The street in front of the popular and iconic coffeehouse on 2nd Avenue North had 3 bright green SERVPRO trucks parked alongside the entrance. The doors were locked, but you could see SERVPRO (a company that specializes in cleaning up and repairing water damage) employees working inside the coffeehouse through the windows.

Urban Standard with green SERVPRO truck in front

Urban Standard has started posting updates on their Facebook page (below) and other social media outlets about the fire damage and their recovery efforts.

Here is a link to Urban Standard’s Facebook page for future updates.

Everyone is grateful no one was injured from the fire and we all eagerly await Urban Standard’s re-opening.

Remembering Gov. Albert Brewer

Albert Brewer – Photo from Samford University

There has been an outpouring of stories this week honoring the life of Alabama’s former Governor Albert Brewer, who passed away Monday at 88.

A truly remarkable person, Brewer was a champion for education, constitutional reform and good government. He founded the Public Affairs Research Council of Alabama (PARCA), the most respected public policy organization in the state.

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Beautiful photos of New Year’s Day hike at Little River Canyon

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Little River Canyon January 1, 2017 hike – Photos from the DeSoto State Park Facebook page

Our friends at the JSU Little River Canyon Center held their first hike of 2017 within the Little River Canyon National Preserve on January 1st. It was a misty and chilly day, but up to 25 hikers started their year off right with a pleasant walk in the canyon.

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Alabama frogs “sing in” 2017 – “….get together in wet places on warm nights and sing about sex.” (Video)

Frogs Conecuh National Forest
Watch and listen to Alabama frogs ring in 2017

One of Alabama’s most beloved biologist and co-author of the book Turtles of Alabama is Mark Bailey from Andalusia, Alabama.

Instead of ringing in 2017 the old fashioned way with fireworks and toasts of champagne, he posted a New Year’s Day video of Ornate Chorus Frogs and Tiger Salamanders “singing in” the New Year at a Conecuh National Forest swamp.

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Stop abandoning Christmas trees in our streets – recycle or re-purpose your Christmas tree

Christmas trees abandoned in front of the Claridge near Hanover Circle on Southside Birmingham
Christmas tree discarded next to store dumpster

It’s an epidemic.

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.

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