Forever Wild turns 26. How Alabama established one of the greatest conservation programs in the state’s history

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Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from Alabamians for Forever Wild.

In 1992, Alabama had the least amount of public land set aside for conservation and wildlife in the South. The state of Alabama had no plan or programs to expand parks, nature preserves and wildlife areas. For more than a century, Alabama attempted to preserve and protect our natural treasures. It was crumbling and disappearing. Twenty-six years ago the people of Alabama changed that trend through the establishment of the Forever Wild program.

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Venerable fallen tree at Avondale Park Amphitheater remembered and celebrated on social media

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Fallen tree at the Avondale Amphitheater from the June 28, 2018 wind storm. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

On June 28th, the state of Alabama experienced a rare long lived wind storm blowing down numerous venerable trees in and around the Magic City, including one at the Avondale Park Amphitheater.

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3 outdoor conservation events in July you don’t want to miss, including the Turkey Creek Float Your Boat Summer Festival

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Join the Friends of Turkey Creek on July 14th at the annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival

Over the next two weekends, three important “can’t miss” July outdoor conservation events have been scheduled by the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain.

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8 top tips from Birmingham veterinarians on how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat

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These cute corgis want you learn about pet safety! Photo by Sheila McCallum for Bham Now

We asked three vets for their best advice on how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat. These are eight top tips from Birmingham veterinarians for keeping your animal friends cool, complete with photos of the Bham Now team’s adorable pets!  Continue reading “8 top tips from Birmingham veterinarians on how to keep your pet safe in the summer heat”

Alabama’s first solar gas station opens in McCalla

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Staff at The Store in McCalla, Alabama with the LEED certificate and newly installed solar panels. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Alabama’s most eco-friendly  convenience store, just got greener  with the installation of a state of the art solar powered energy system by Birmingham-based Eagle Solar and Light.

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program needs your help

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from the Southern Environmental Center.

Located just 15 miles outside the Birmingham city limits, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson is widely regarded as the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild program.

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Freshwater Land Trust ‘Too Hot to Hike’ tour explored three trails last Saturday, including the High Ore Line Trail

Freshwater Land Trust participants at the High Ore Trailhead. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

Has there ever been a more appropriately named fundraising event than this past Saturday’s Freshwater Land Trust Too Hot to Hike: A Beer and Bus Tour of the Red Rock Trail? With temps in the low 90s and stifling humidity, the air conditioning and beer on the bus made for a pleasant afternoon that was educational and fun.

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UAB professor and explorer James McClintock recognized globally for efforts in Antarctica

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UAB researchers in Antarctica. James McClintock is third person standing left to right. Photo via James McClintock’s Facebook page.

According to the UAB Reporter, UAB professor James McClintock has been named the inaugural recipient of the 2018 SCAR Medal for Education and Communication. Awarded by the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR), the honor recognizes McClintock’s decades-long educational efforts emphasizing Antarctic climate change and impacts on marine biology.

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