Did you know that Alabama has the smallest percentage of public land in the South? Why it matters.

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View from Cheaha State Park. Photo by Robin E Taylor-Cheaha State Park

This land is your land, this land is my land… this land was made for you and me. ~excerpt of lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”

Did you know that you, as a citizen of the state of Alabama, and nearly 5 million fellow Alabamians share ownership of more than 1.5 million acres of public land in our state?

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In lieu of Valentine flowers go to “My Heart through Art” benefiting Black Warrior Riverkeeper on February 8

“My Heart through Art” at the Liz Lane Gallery in Homewood on Friday, February 8th, 5:30PM  to 7:00PM. Photo from the Black Warrior Riverkeeper Facebook page

Forget flowers for Valentine’s Day. We just found the best place to purchase a gift for a loved one and show your deep affection for our rivers

Don’t miss “My Heart through Art” at the Liz Lane Gallery in Homewood on Friday, February 8th, 5:30PM  to 7:00PM.

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5 UAB Sustainability Food and Dining Initiatives, including replacing 250,000 plastic straws in 2 1/2 months

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Brian Bowser, UAB’s resident manager for campus dining. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Think globally, act locally.”

When it comes to dining services on a university campus, such as UAB, one local sustainability initiative can make a huge impact on the environment. Take for example, plastic straws.

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Birmingham area dominates state’s top tourist attractions rankings, but we found some huge omissions

Birmingham’s beloved Vulcan, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

The Alabama Tourism Department released their 2018 annual lists of top state attractions by attendance, and once again the Birmingham metro area made a strong showing.

Despite that, we did find some glaring omissions.

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Learn how a lily saved the Cahaba River. Join the Cahaba River Society Family Reunion on January 31

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Majestic Cahaba Lily, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

On Thursday, January 31 at Independent Presbyterian Church, the Cahaba River Society (CRS) will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary Annual Meeting with a Cahaba Family Reunion.

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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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