UAB Polar scientist Jim McClintock honored by Explorers Club, along with 10 Apollo astronauts

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UAB’s Dr. Jim McClintock, a world expert on marine chemical ecology and drug discovery in Antarctica, was awarded the Finn Ronne Memorial Award by the Explorers Club on Saturday evening, March 16th in New York City.

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18 wheelchair accessible parks and trails in and around Birmingham

Wheelchair accessible parks in Birmingham help everyone enjoy the outdoors.
My sister Karon and one of her sons enjoying the flowers at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Photo by Joel Bullock

People need wheelchair accessible trails and parks for different reasons. Whether a wheelchair is a permanent or short-term feature in your world, we know you want to get out and about. Especially since Spring is now here! So, we put together a list of places you can go to enjoy the great outdoors.

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Run the track at the first ever Indy 5K race at Barber Motorsports Park April 5th to kick off the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by Amfirst. Register now!

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There’s more than one kind of race happening at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst this year! Run the track at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Alabama during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. (Photo submitted)
There’s more than one kind of race happening at the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama presented by AmFirst this year! Run the track at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham during the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. Photo submitted

Registration is now open for the first-ever Indy 5k race Friday, April 5 at the 10th annual Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama. If you’d like to get up close and personal with IndyCar drivers, this is a great chance to do just that! Several drivers plan to lace up their running shoes after racing Friday to take part in the 5k on Barber Motorsports Track.

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3 spring walking tours with Vulcan Park and Museum you don’t want to miss

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Find out the past and future of Avondale in Birmingham at the Vulcan Park and Museum spring walking tours. (Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now)

Curious about the history behind some of Birmingham’s hottest areas? Want to know more about what the future holds for places like Five Points South and Avondale? You don’t have to be a history buff to enjoy Vulcan Park and Museum’s three-part walking tour series.  Find out more.

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6 ways you can protect Alabama’s public lands including becoming a Wilderness Ranger

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The “Big Tree” in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo credit: Tony Barber

This past December 2018, heavy rains and winds blew down a large pine tree on top of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Constructed only a couple of years ago, the purpose of the greenhouse was to grow native trees and flora and plant them within Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Its untimely destruction was a huge setback for the preserve financially and ecologically.

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Reviving the urban planning wisdom of Birmingham’s 1925 Olmsted plan with the Red Rock Trail System

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The Red Rock Trail System enables citizens to bike, walk and run the Magic City. Photo by Greg Harber via Freshwater Land Trust’s Instagram

In the 1920s, Birmingham employed the skills of a true urban planning visionary, Frederick Law Olmsted Jr. We see his mark today in places like Ward and Rushton Parks, but his full-fledged master plan? It fell through the cracks. Today, the Red Rock Trail System is bringing it back, one trail at a time.

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Fun facts about Red Mountain Park, including a new section of High Ore Line Trail opening spring 2019

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Let’s zip right through this list. Photo via Red Mountain Park’s Instagram

Boasting 15 miles of trails, this Birmingham treasure is almost twice the size of New York City’s Central Park. It is a prime example of a community working together to create urban green spaces. Welcome to Red Mountain Park. Check out what else you may not know.

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5 outdoor survival tips with Birmingham’s Kim Waites

Wild South's Kim Waites has learned a thing or two about survival.
Wild South’s Kim Waites has learned a thing or two about survival. Photo from Facebook

Kim Waites decided two and a half years ago to move into a converted cargo van named “Big Bertha” and work to eliminate longstanding debt. Today, she can look back and see a big change in herself and her way of life:

“When you don’t have a home, it forces you to reconnect with people. I’m more confident . . . I’ve tackled my debt. I’ve learned how to be more self-sufficient and more accepting of challenges.”

“I don’t need that” is her new view on a lot of things she used to consider essentials.

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94 ways to get healthier in Alabama and have fun at the same time

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View from Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by Linda Cato Wurstner-Oak Mountain State Park

Our forests, rivers and public lands in Alabama are chock full of opportunity for adventure. But, did you know they offer more than a great place to fish, hunt or hike? They actually help you stay healthier! Read on to find out how.

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Why does UAB care about reducing “drive alone” cars on campus? $40 million parking decks, air pollution and much more

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Brian Atkinson, Program Manager for UAB Transportation’s Transportation Demand Management. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

In 2015, UAB conducted a comprehensive study asking students, faculty, staff and employees how they traveled to and from the campus each day.

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Built on the backs of miners: Underground Birmingham explores the city’s past

Underground Birmingham guys and their wives looking into a mine west of town.
(l-r) Jeff Newman, his wife Janet, Josh Box, his wife April. Photo by Matthew Glasscock

Underground Birmingham and I first met on Instagram. Pictures of abandoned structures drew me in: churches, roller coasters and more. Then I started noticing the pictures of abandoned mines.

Curious, I reached out. Yesterday, two of the three guys involved and I got to talk for a good while. It rocked my world. My eyes are now open to the subterranean world that made Birmingham, long before any of us were born.

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