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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Green Acres, Zion City, Apple Valley, Inglenook and Maple Grove – what they all have in common.

These are just a few of the neighborhoods that make up Birmingham’s list of 99.  That’s right!  Birmingham has 99 distinct neighborhoods in its city limits. If you live in the city of Birmingham, you’re already a member of one.

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Green Acres is 1 of 99 Birmingham Neighborhoods

Follow our handy, dandy primer below to understand how they came about and what they do for you. Continue reading “Green Acres, Zion City, Apple Valley, Inglenook and Maple Grove – what they all have in common.”

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

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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.

Discovered at Legion Field – Monument to city’s first black orphanage and old folks home

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Last week, while taking photos of Legion Field, in the midst of a vast asphalt parking lot on the north side of the stadium, stands a small green patch of planted, well kept, overlapping shade trees and vines, with two metal park benches and a monument in front.

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Birmingham’s “Christmas Tree” Building – the Regions Center (slideshow)

Regions Center Birmingham

One of Birmingham’s best traditions during the holiday season is the Christmas lighting designs on the Regions Center building.

Last year, Alabama Newscenter’s Mike Tomberlin interviewed John McGowan, the Regions Center building head of facilities about how tradition began and its history.

Check out the article:

Regions Center is Birmingham’s most visible sign of the holidays

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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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