Sick of politics? Here is a reason to be excited to vote – Protect your State Parks in November

Tired of the Presidential Campaigns?  Turned off on politics?

Well, here is one very good reason to vote on November 8th in Alabama.

Vote Yes on Constitutional Amendment 2 to protect Alabama State Parks funding.

Since 2012, $15 million has been transferred away (mostly guest fees) from our State Parks System causing a fiscal crisis.  Constitutional Amendment 2 bans the transfer insuring that our State Parks are protected and permanently funded.

Checkout some of the new cool activities at Alabama’s State Parks.

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UAB helping prescribe local parks for patients

Prescribing a healthy living prescription is becoming more common than you think. From eating healthier to opportunities for getting active, studies have shown that these combative measures will protect you from obesity, as well as some chronic diseases such as stroke and diabetes. That is why the UAB Minority Health and Health Disparities Research Center has partnered with Birmingham REACH for Better Health and successfully  introduced a Parks Prescription program right here in our city.

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The Cahaba River Frydown – Celebrate clean drinking water and make room for some catfish

One of the can’t miss events of the Fall, the Cahaba River Frydown.

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Joe Watts named “top bird” at Birmingham Audubon

 

 

Joe Watts, new President at the Birmingham Audubon Society
Joe Watts, new President at the Birmingham Audubon Society

Longtime community advocate and leader in the Alabama Scenic Byways movement, Joe Watts has been elected President of the Birmingham Audubon Society.

Pictures via Joe Watts Facebook page
Pictures via Joe Watts Facebook page

Watts leads the 70 year old Birmingham institution which has been experiencing a renaissance in the past few years with the hiring of an executive director, staff and the establishment of a permanent office.

Checkout their impressive 2015-16 Annual report.

What if we all used One Less Straw?

Check out the #onelessstraw pledge to help reduce our plastic use.  Americans use 500 million drinking straws every day. This would fill over 125 school buses with straws every day. That’s 46,400 school buses every year! (source: National Park Service)

Let’s help keep plastic our of our landfills and rivers.

Enjoy the Fall Festival hosted by Alabama Farmer’s Market

What means the beginning of fall more than a Festival? Maybe a Farmer’s Market? This Saturday, September 24th, Alabama Farmer’s Market will be the place to be.

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