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

Litlle River Canyon Alabama
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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Rock stars – Bald Eagles and Eurasian Eagle Owl to make the Alabama Wildlife Center a major destination for bird lovers

Bald Eagle that is currently under the care of the Alabama Wildlife Center. He came in this week, rescued from Lawrence County. He has carpel fractures on his left side – it looks like he was shot through the “wrist” part of his wing.

In the bird world they are “rock stars” – the Bald Eagle and the Eurasian Eagle Owl. The public loves them and people want to see them up-close.

Soon, bird lovers from all over the South and the country will get an opportunity to see our national symbol and the world’s largest owl up-close and personal at the Alabama Wildlife Center.

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Bham Now BOLD speaker Jim McClintock to make his 24th and 25th journey to Antarctica in 2017

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.”

Check out the al.com article below:

UAB researchers look to Antarctica for the next big drug discovery

For more about information Dr. Jim McClintock and his remarkable work, visit the following Bham Now links:

What Do Roosevelt (TR), Lindbergh, Armstrong and UAB’s McClintock Have in Common?

Bham Now Live Interview with BOLD Speaker Jim McClintock -discussing climate change, drought, President -elect Trump & Hand in Paw

A simple mailbox. Sharing Christmas joy at St. John A.M.E. Church in Birmingham

On Friday, Bham Now visited several churches in town, and took pictures of Christmas greenery, altars and nativity scenes.

“Loving kindness” – Preparing for Christmas in Birmingham (a photo essay)

During the visit with Rev. Mashod Evans, the pastor at St. John A.M.E. Church, we came upon this mailbox.

St. John A.M.E Church in Birmingham – Christmas mailbox

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Besides the Cahaba Lily, what else is on the new Cahaba River Society tag?

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.

Cahaba River Society – 2001 Alabama specialty tag

 

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.

Can you spot it?

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Christmas bird & salamander counts – an old and new Birmingham Audubon tradition

“Hats off” to the great work of the Birmingham Audubon Society

Now, Birmingham Audubon Society has two great traditions during the Christmas season.

Along with the Birmingham Audubon Society’s (BAS) 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count, the organization held it’s first Christmas Salamander Count on the same day – December 23rd – at Ruffner Mountain.

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“Loving kindness” – Preparing for Christmas in Birmingham (a photo essay)

Trinity United Methodist Church in Homewood

“Welcome!”

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.

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