Connect to Your Coast and the Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center on October 27th

Connect to Your Coast
Kreher Ecology Preserve and Nature Center’s award winning playground

Support YOUR Coast and YOUR Nature Preserve!

The Alabama Coastal Foundation  Connect to Your Coast Tour (they have been in Gadsden and Tuscaloosa this past month) is teaming up  with the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center this Thursday, October 27th for some good  BBQ  and an opportunity to learn about the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve Alabama’s coast.

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Anniston’s Freedom Riders Park and Birmingham’s Civil Rights District one step closer to National Park Status

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This week in Alabama, two prominent places in U.S. history will be a step closer to becoming National Parks.

On Thursday, October 27th, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell will be conducting two public hearings to consider designating both Freedom Riders Park in Anniston and the Birmingham Civil Rights District as National Parks.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 15-21, 2016

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Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.

In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan.  Also included in the proposal,  the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.

In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.

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Love butterflies? Make a difference this weekend. Purchase “butterfly plants” for your garden

Butterflies.

They are beautiful and wonderful, but they desperately need special plants – let’s call them “butterfly plants” to survive.

Here is a good article on why these plants are so important.

You can make a difference this weekend by attending and purchasing special butterfly plants at the annual Birmingham Botanical Garden’s Fall Sale October 22-23.

Monarch - Photo by: Sara Bright
Monarch – Photo by: Sara Bright

Here is the “butterfly plant” shopping list from the BBG:

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Pre-Presidential Debate Special: Five Questions with Samford University’s Political Science Chair Fred Shepherd

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As a preview for the third and final Presidential debate in Las Vegas tonight, Bham Now asked five questions about the state of the race and its impact on Birmingham and Alabama to Fred Shepherd, Professor and Chair of the Samford University Political Science Department.

Along with his work at Samford, Dr. Shepherd is a political analyst for Birmingham’s CBS affiliate WIAT 42. He is also author of the book, Christianity and Human Rights: Christians and the Struggle for Global Justice.

This is the final of three pre-debate five- question interviews. Our first interview was with Marty Connors, former Chair of the Alabama Republican Party. The second interview was with Richard Mauk, Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee.

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Pre-Presidential Debate Special: Five Questions with chairman of the Jefferson County Democratic Party Richard Mauk

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As a preview for the third and final Presidential debate in Las Vegas tonight, Bham Now asked five questions about the state of the race and its impact on Birmingham and Alabama to Chair of the Jefferson County Democratic Executive Committee Richard Mauk.

Heading up one of the most successful Democratic groups in the deeply red state of Alabama, Richard Mauk has helped keep Jefferson County “blue” for several election cycles since 2010. He is President and Chairman of the Board for the Consumer Financial Education Foundation of America and has been a longtime member of the city of Birmingham’s Design Review Committee.

This is the second of three pre-debate five- question interviews. Our first interview was with Marty Connors, former Chair of the Alabama Republican Party. Our third installment will be with Fred Shepherd, Chair of the Political Science Department at Samford University.

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On Thursday – Connect To Your Coast at the Black Warrior Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa

 

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Black Warrior Brewing Company – Connect to Your Coast on October 20th

This Thursday in Tuscaloosa – Connect to YOUR Coast with the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) and the Black Warrior Brewing Company.

Stop by Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa on October 20th between 4:00pm to 10:00pm for some great beer and learn how you can help improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation.

Twenty percent of all beer sold that night will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

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Drought of 2016 = drastic increase in Alabama wildfires

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From our good friend Mike Kyser at the Alabama Forestry Commission, the severity of the current Drought Emergency and Fire Alert is clearly evident by the drastic increase in the number of wildfires that have occurred in the first two weeks of October 2016 compared to last year – 2015.

The numbers are staggering.

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Pre-Presidential Debate Special: Five Questions with former chairman of the Alabama Republican Party Marty Connors

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As a preview for the third and final Presidential debate in Las Vegas this Wednesday night, Bham Now asked five questions about the state of the race and its impact on Birmingham and Alabama to former Alabama Republican Party chairman Marty Connors.

For three decades, Connors helped build the current Republican majority in the state of Alabama.  A CPAC Ronald Reagan Award winner and Romney bundler, Connors just recently returned to Alabama from Cincinnati, Ohio, after going door-to-door with an Alabama Strike force group on behalf of Donald Trump.

This is the first of three pre-debate five- question interviews. Upcoming interviews before the Wednesday debate will feature Jefferson County Democratic Party Chair Richard Mauk and Samford University Political Science Chair Fred Shepherd.

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Good morning Birmingham! Good morning Planet Earth!

Good morning Birmingham!

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Morning at the Birmingham City Hall

Big week in Birmingham and Central Alabama.

Get your tickets today for Tuesday’s Bham Now’s BOLD Speaker Series featuring Jay Brandrup, the founder of Kinetic. A “must attend” event!

On Wednesday night, before the Clinton/Trump showdown, checkout the Southern Energy Tour – and how you can address Climate Change.

And on Thursday, in Birmingham, support this year’s edition of the Southern Environmental Center’s Ecofest.  If you can’t make it to Ecofest, kick back and have some brews in Tuscaloosa with and Alabama Coastal Foundation and the their Connect with Your Coast event at the Black Warrior Brewing Company.

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Sustainability about to EMERGE in Birmingham

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Some good news about a new innovative sustainability program in Alabama. From a Green Resource Center for Alabama news release:

This week, the Green Resource Center for Alabama (GRCA) announced the launch of EMERGE, a new sustainability leadership development program designed to help professionals and community advocates advance sustainability in the Birmingham area.

Applications will be accepted through November 18th.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 8-14, 2016

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Very dry Little River Falls at the Little River Canyon National Preserve – October 13, 2016
Little River Falls earlier this year
Little River Falls

What’s the old saying – “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Little River Falls, one of Alabama’s most iconic waterfalls, has disappeared as a result of the extreme drought of 2016.

News Stories

WSFA – Ken Hare’s Natural Alabama: Natural Alabama Needs to pass Amendment 2

al.com – Alabama Rivers Alliance Executive Director named in al.com’s 2016 Women Who Shape the State

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Unleash your social network now! Join The Women’s Fund Smart Party 5.0

The Women's Fund supporter Liesel French and her son Andrew registering tonight for the Smart Party 5.0. Photo Credit: Edward French
The Women’s Fund supporter Liesel French and her son Andrew registering tonight for Smart Party 5.0.   Photo Credit: Edward French

Got to admit.  This is one of the most creative and important fundraising events in Birmingham.

The Women’s Fund Smart Party 5.0 is….

One part – A cocktail party – You can buy a ticket or make a donation and attend one of the coolest fundraising events of the year in Birmingham tomorrow night, Thursday, Oct. 13th at Iron City.

If you can’t attend, let’s say your kids have a soccer game, or you’ve got deadlines at work – Register for the online event. In both cases, you create your own personal fundraising page. And you can do either RIGHT NOW!

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