Little River Canyon National Preserve visits nearly doubled in 2016

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Jacksonville State University Little  River Canyon Center

According to the National Park Service (NPS), visitation at the Little River Canyon National Preserve nearly doubled in 2016.

Park visitation was over 462,703 in 2016 compared to 248,137 visitors in 2015.  The 86% jump in attendance occurred primarily because the NPS increased its efforts to more accurately count visits to the park.

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Nature Roundup January 19th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Check out UAB researcher Jim McClintock’s exclusive blog posts and photos from Antarctica in this edition of the Nature Roundup

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 19th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!

In this edition of the Nature Roundup, we celebrate stewardship of our special places around Alabama and planet Earth.

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Fresh from the bottom of the world – Antarctica adventures of UAB’s Jim McClintock

Bham Now BOLD Lecturer and UAB explorer Dr. Jim McClintock is providing Bham Now blog posts from his Antarctica trip during the month of January 2017.

Below is week January 8-16 of his journey.

Enjoy Jim’s observations and photography from the bottom of the world!

Gentoo Penquins in Antarctica – Photo from Jim McClintock

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Hands on Birmingham – MLK Jr. Day of Service at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

“It was nice to see everyone come together like Dr. King wanted.” ~ Hands on Birmingham volunteer DeMarco Harris

68 people of all ages volunteered and celebrated MLK Jr. Day at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – Photo from Jessica Findley

MLK Jr. Day in Birmingham is more than just a day off.  It is a day of giving back and building up the community. For 17 years, organizations like Hands on Birmingham (HOB) have been one of the driving forces behind our region’s MLK Jr. Day of Service.

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MLK Jr. Day of Service in Birmingham

Martin Luther King Jr. statue at Kelly Ingram Park

For 16 years, the citizens of Birmingham have been celebrating MLK Jr. Day by spending the day volunteering – “giving back” – to their community.

Hands on Birmingham is organizing events throughout the community.

Visit their website today and make MLK Jr. Day a day of service and “building up” our great community.

Bham Now Special – Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments (photo gallery/links)

Special card supporting Birmingham Civil Rights National Park given to Mayor Bell and Secretary Jewell. Yesterday, President Obama established the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Yesterday, President Obama, through a proclamation under the Antiquities Act, established the Birmingham Civil Rights and Freedom Riders National Monuments.

A historic day for Alabama. 

Bham Now has compiled a list of links from television, radio and newspaper stories that have been published online in the past 12 hours.  With the help of photographer Larry Gay, we’ve also created a special photo gallery.

First – the photo gallery.

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Bham Now special: Inspirational video of Hank Thomas, the last surviving Freedom Rider from the 1961 Greyhound bus burning

Hank Thomas, last surviving Freedom Rider from the Greyhound bus burning near Anniston, Alabama that occurred on Mother’s Day 1961. He spoke to Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell and a crowd of Freedom Rider National Monument supporters in October at the site of the bus burning.

Thanks to President Obama’s proclamation yesterday, Freedom Riders National Monument and the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument are now a reality.

BREAKING NEWS – President Obama Proclaims Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments 

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BREAKING NEWS – President Obama Proclaims Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments

Birmingham Civil Rights & Freedom Riders National Monuments Established By President Obama

From the front page of  Freedomriderspark.org

As one of the last acts of his presidency, President Obama today proclaimed two places in Alabama as National Monuments, establishing the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Anniston Freedom Riders National Monument.

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