Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 26th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!
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.
Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 13th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!
In this edition, there is good news all around the region.
Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 5th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!
Looking for a break during the holidays? Drop by and see the 2016 Audubon Traveling Photography exhibit that is on display at the Birmingham Audubon Society’s office until December 22nd.
“Must read” from this week’s compilation of stories – our favorite: “Gifts with nature in mind, gifts that give back.” Bham Now found 28 local nature/conservation organizations that are selling special gifts over the holidays.
Photo Courtesy of International Crane Foundation
If we had to pick the “feel good” story of the week, it has got to be OHenry’s Coffees installation of a solar energy system at their roasting facility.
We truly love the idea of “solar powered” coffee in the morning.
This week, we are pleased to announce our new partnership with the JSU Little River Canyon Center. Along with their support of Bham Now’s Nature Roundup, we also will be updating Bham Now readers regularly about the Canyon Center’s many activities, and developing stories, such as the one posted this morning about Little River Falls coming back to life this week.
Don’t forget to purchase (and save money with an advance tix purchase) your December 6th BOLD Series ticket to see Jim McClintock.
In just four days, we will be holding our 2nd BOLD Speaker Series on Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 at Avondale Brewery.
Why should you buy a ticket and attend? Check out this video narrated by Harrison Ford – yes, Han Solo/Indiana Jones – describing McClintock’s observations and work. Join us on Tuesday!
Quote of the week:
“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” -~Baba Dioum
Our favorite stories this week: Patagonia’s Give 100% to the Planet commitment, the story about the Little River Canyon National Preserve and where you can recycle cooking oil in Jefferson County.
Quote of the week – “I love to think of Nature as wireless telegraph stations through which God speaks to us every day, every hour, and every moment of our lives.” ~ George Washington Carver
The week of the Supermoon. Drought continues. Move I-20/59 takes a hit. And the big question – will Alabama ever develop a sustainable water plan?
Looking for something to do this weekend? Become a Preserve Ranger!
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Alabama Forestry Commission – ‘No Burn’ Order Expanded to All Alabama Counties
By: Bill Finch
Wouldn’t it be great if you could train your yard to be more resistant to drought?
Expecting our modern lawns and gardens to weather a drought is like expecting a hopeless couch potato to run a marathon. The way we water our yards has actually created weak and breathless plants that can’t survive under normal conditions, much less when things take a turn toward drought.
By: Bill Finch
Trickle down politics may not have helped your pocketbook, but trickle-down watering will make all the difference in how your plants survive this drought.
Trickle-down watering is simple: You simply set the end of your hose on the plant you want to water, and you let the water trickle out, drip, drip, drip. Sort of like a leaky faucet. And it affects your water bill about like a leaky faucet: You’ll barely notice.
- Story about the Moss Ross Festival poster art & WBRC FOX 6’s special video about the special event
Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.
In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.
The drought continues to grow. State Parks Amendment 2 sparks debate. Anniston and Birmingham inch closer to designating National Parks with a visit from Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.
And of course, Halloween is fast approaching, so the weekend is filled with wonderfully “scary” events and fundraisers.
A very busy week.
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.