The secret is out – “America’s Amazon” is Alabama the Beautiful

America’s Amazon – Alabama the Beautiful

Last Spring, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) released an “infographic” that has been going viral within the environmental education community.

Titled,  America’s Amazon Alabama the Beautiful, the stunningly colorful poster reminds us why Alabama’s biodiversity is important nationally and globally.

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Hike the Pinhoti Trail for 2017

Sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center

View from Pinhoti Trail. Photo by McDowell Crook/Flickr
View from Pinhoti Trail. Photo by McDowell Crook/Flickr

For every hiker, there are trails at the top of their bucket list.

For example, in Alabama everyone has the Big Tree in the Sipsey Wilderness or the iconic Walls of Jericho on their list.  These trails, if you begin them early enough in the morning, can be hiked in a day.
For the longer hikes, the gold standard for our state is the Pinhoti Trail. The Alabama section is 171 miles.  It’s our connector to the historic Appalachian Trail.

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“Stir crazy” winter ice storm Alabama football fan? Check out places to watch the big game

The Bear Wants You – to support the Crimson Tide tonight

Perfect timing.  According to’s hourly forecast, the icy roads from this weekend’s winter storm that paralysed Birmingham and Central Alabama, should melt away at about 11:00a.m today.

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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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