It’s a Festivus miracle! We found 2 poles. Celebrate the Seinfeld-inspired holiday on Dec. 23

Festivus pole found at inanimate Irondale neighborhood near Elder St. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Breaking news….Bham Now has discovered two Festivus poles in the Birmingham metro area – one in Homewood’s Edgewood Neighborhood and another in Irondale, Alabama.

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Don’t miss 89 year old Bob Cissell’s magical Christmas display made from salvaged tree limbs

Bob Cissell, creator of one of Birmingham’s most original Christmas displays. Photo courtesy of Cissell’s family

Thanks to Verna Gates and the Wacky Tacky Light Tour, we have discovered the most original Christmas display in the metro area.

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Preview of the Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour that begins December 9

One of the light show on the Fresh Air Family Wacky Tacky Light Show. Photo by Pat Byington

Thousands of lights! Gravity defying displays! Blow-ups with enough hot air for a local election!

Join Fresh Air Family as they present the best, worst and wackiest light displays in the Birmingham metro area during their  two- hour guided bus ride “Wacky Tacky Light Tour” fundraiser.

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Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – March 17th edition

Screenshot – WBRC Good Day Alabama – Coosa Riverkeeper’s Justinn Overton interviewed by FOX 6 Anchor Mike Dubberly about their newly released FISH GUIDE

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup March 17th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  In this edition, we are celebrating the Cahaba River, learning about Tree Swallows at Limestone Park and recommending a great book for Spring Break – Jim McClintock’s “A Naturalist Goes Fishing.”

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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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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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Alabama Weekly Nature Roundup December 2nd edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

lrcc_-_logo_-_vertical 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 

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!

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 19 to November 25, 2016

Bankhead National Forest
Bankhead National Forest

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.

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Patagonia’s own “doorbuster” sale on Black Friday. Give 100% for the Planet

Photo by Garrett Grove
Photo by Garrett Grove

Rebel against Black Friday madness – Patagonia 100% for the Planet

 

Black Friday.  The kickoff of the holiday retail season. It can be madness.

At storefronts across America, people literally wait outside in long lines for hours to rush into retail stores immediately when the establishment opens at daybreak to purchase the latest electronic game or the hottest trendy toy.  These type of events are often called “Doorbuster” sales.

In lieu of all the Black Friday madness, yesterday, Patagonia, one of the most successful and popular outdoor sustainable clothing companies in the U.S. announced its own special kind of Black Friday “Doorbuster” sale.

Patagonia is giving 100% of their sales on Black Friday to grassroots organizations working in local communities for the environment.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 12 to November 18, 2016

Photo by: Charles Walton - one of our favorite "Supermoon " pics
Photo by: Charles Walton – one of our favorite “Supermoon ” pics

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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