Goodbye autumn in Alabama. Hello winter! (12 photos)

Leaving Fall behind in Alabama
Goodbye Autumn in Alabama

The autumn of 2016 in Alabama will be known as the “fall it did not rain.”

Throughout Alabama, consecutive days without rain records were shattered. Birmingham’s rainless streak ended at 61 days.

In mid-November, the clouds finally appeared, rain fell from the sky, and for the past month we have received some significant rainfall, filling our dry creek beds and giving us a glimpse of fall colors.

This morning winter arrives.

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Common Sense Innovation: Solar poles and benches installed at the JSU Little River Canyon Center

Birmingham Alabama - Sun Charge
Sun Charge Systems

From our friends at the JSU Little River Canyon Center, below is a press release about Sun Charge Systems, an Alabama company that has installed  solar pole and bench charging stations at the Canyon Center.  This item is simple and perfect for universities, downtowns, business centers, parks and ball fields. Before you read the press release from JSU, check out the Sun Charge video describing this innovative common sense way to re-charge everyday electronics while you recreate or relax outdoors.

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Connect to Your Coast on Wednesday at Avondale Brewing Company

Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company  - Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00
Connect to Your Coast at Avondale Brewing Company – Wednesday 4:00 to 7:00

This Wednesday, December 21st, may be the Winter Solstice, but we’ll be thinking warm, sunny thoughts and taking a much needed break from holiday shopping at the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s free Connect To Your Coast Birmingham event at Avondale Brewing Company!

Drop by anytime between 4-7 p.m. to learn how you can protect Alabama’s coastal environment. Anyone wanting to purchase a pint glass in advance can visit: http://www.joinacf.org/donate

Nature Roundup December 16th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Audubon in Birmingham Alabama

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.

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Bama Bound: Whooping Cranes are coming home for the winter

In the past, staff at the International Crane Foundation used costumes to raise Whooping Cranes for release into the wild. This process, called “costume rearing”, was used so that Whooping Crane chicks would not imprint onto humans. Whooping Cranes are being released using a new method called “parent rearing”, in which captive adult Whooping Cranes raise crane chicks until they are ready to be released into the wild. You can see two parent-reared Whooping Cranes at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge!

Lizzie Condon, Whooping Crane Outreach Coordinator for the International Crane Foundation informed Bham Now this afternoon (December 15, 2016) that 18 Whooping Cranes have been spotted on the grounds of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge.  This week, during the day, up to 12 Whooping Cranes have been seen near the wildlife refuge visitor center/observation building.

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A Christmas tradition – Birmingham Audubon Society’s 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count

Birmingham Audubon Alabama

Want to start a new tradition for Christmas?

Join the Birmingham Audubon Society’s (BAS) Christmas Bird Count (CBC).

On Friday, December 23rd, instead of rushing to buy gifts at the mall, spend a day outside and help BAS conduct their 81st Annual Christmas Bird Count. It’s the perfect family activity.

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Alabama Coastal Foundation’s Connect to Your Coast back in Birmingham December 21st at Avondale Brewery

Alabama Coastal Foundation and their partners launching the Oyster Recycling Program

Connect to Your Coast is back!

Mark your calendars.  On Wednesday, December 21st from 4:00pm – 7:00pm, the Alabama Coastal Foundation will be holding their final Connect to Your Coast event of 2016 at the Avondale Brewing Company in Birmingham.

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Gifts with nature in mind, gifts that give back

 

Are you looking for ways to make your holiday gifts this year more nature-based  and meaningful?

We call it the  “natural twofer.”  Purchase a holiday gift from a nature organization and by doing so, support your local conservation efforts.

Bham Now has compiled a holiday gift list from local nature organizations (follow the links) that offer gift ideas and help you “give back” this holiday season.

Ruffner Mountain Birmingham

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Don’t forget Alabama Wildlife Center’s Holiday cards! (deadline Dec. 14th)

Alabama Wildlife Center - Birmingham
Photo by: Mary Stockard – Alabama Wildlife Center’s adorable Screech Owls

Love screech owls? Eastern bluebirds? Great Egret?

The Alabama Wildlife Center is selling holiday cards featuring their most famous patients.

Visit the Alabama Wildlife Center Holiday Greeting Cards website to learn how you can surprise someone with a gift of wildlife this holiday season.

The last day to place an order before Christmas is Wednesday, December 14th.

Nature Roundup December 9th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

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.

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