Despite federal shutdown, the 2019 Festival of the Cranes at Wheeler NWR is ON (Photos)

Sandhill Crane at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Photo by George Lee

The show must go on! This weekend, despite the federal government shutdown, the 2019 Festival of the Cranes at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge and at locations in and around Decatur, Alabama is ON!

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Birmingham Audubon and Cahaba Brewing launch Goodwill Game Nights with Rock’em Sock’em

Cahaba Brewing Company Goodwill Game Night holding Rock’em Sock’em tournament benefiting Birmingham Audubon. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Let’s get ready to rumble Birmingham!

Every Wednesday during the month of January, the Cahaba Brewing Company will be holding Goodwill Game Nights benefiting  Birmingham Audubon.

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What is the impact of the government shutdown on Alabama’s National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges?

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Sand hill crane at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, photo by David Frings, December 9, 2017

As the Federal government shutdown enters its second week, one of the hardest hit federal government programs in Alabama are the National Wildlife Refuges and National Park units.

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Where can you recycle your gift wrapping, boxes and Christmas tree in Birmingham?

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Recycling truck at the Alabama Environmental Council

For the first time in four decades, there will not be an Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center to drop-off all your Christmas gift wrapping and boxes.

Have no fear, there are a few additional options in the Birmingham area to recycle paper, boxes and of course Christmas trees.

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UAB’s Greg Harber has bicycled to work everyday since 2013. See how much money he saved

Greg Harber riding through Railroad Park. Photo from the Le Tour de Ham Facebook page

According to Commute Smart records, UAB employee Greg Harber bicycled or walked everyday to work and back home in 2018.  Since 2013, he has only driven a car twice to work.

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Rare full moon tomorrow comes one day after solstice. Clear skies expected in Birmingham

Photo by: Boris Datnow – Hoover, Alabama

Sky-gazers are giddy today, December 21, 2018, because there are three “cosmic” events happening almost simultaneously –  a cold moon, the Ursid meteor shower and the longest night (winter solstice) of the year.

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Discover “Facebook for Fish” featuring the Black Warrior, Cahaba, Coosa and Mobile watersheds

Screenshot of the Freshwater Information Network website called “Facebook for Fish.”

The Tennessee Aquarium Conservation Institute has launched a new online database of scientific records and photos of more than 400 native fishes. Described by the Institute  as  a “Facebook for Fish,”  this resource is now available to scientists, students and the general public.

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Watch videos released about Birmingham Audubon, Freshwater Land Trust and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Screenshot of the recent Birmingham Audubon video about the W.E. Putnam Urban Farm

Over the past two months, videos about the work of the Birmingham Audubon Society, Freshwater Land Trust and the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve have been published on social media.

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Storm destroys Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Learn how you can help bring it back

Fallen tree destroys the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Photo by Charles Yeager

As a result of heavy rainfall on Saturday and subsequent late night storms that hit Central Alabama, a tree was uprooted at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve destroying the nature  center’s recently constructed greenhouse.

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Meet the Reticulated Siren, Alabama’s newest salamander, one of the biggest amphibians in the world

Photo of the newly named reticulate siren. Photo by Pierson Hill via Facebook

Yesterday, salamander enthusiasts, herpetologists and nature lovers around the world were introduced to a new species of salamander found only in Alabama and Florida – the Reticulated Siren.

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5 important conservation events in Birmingham during the first half of December

Photo from the Alabama Wildlife Center Facebook page

Starting this morning, Monday, December 3rd at 11:30 with an Alabama Rivers Alliance Legislative Lunch and Learn conference call, the first half of December will be filled with educational and fun conservation events in and around Birmingham.

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