Friday, April 4, 2014

Doggie Work Day at Red Mountain Park

Calling at dogs.
(and owners)
If you want to feel like you have a hand in making the world a little better place for your canine companion, come out to Red Mountain Park on Saturday morning and help build Remy's Dog Park, a six acre, off leash dog park coming soon to the 1,200 acre park off Lakeshore Parkway in the Oxmoor Valley.
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Monday, March 17, 2014

Cahaba River Society Canoe Trip Schedule Posted

The Cahaba River Society has just released its 2014 schedule of guided trips and other fun events.

River trips begin in April and continue into the fall. See the Cahaba lilies between May and June. Take a moonlight float in the summer or explore parts south: the oxbow lakes in Perry County and the river's end at Old Cahawba State Archaeological Park.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Southern Wonder book signing at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens

One of my favorite Christmas presents has been the new book from Birmingham-Southern College professor Scot Duncan, Southern Wonder: Alabama's Surprising Biodiversity.

Duncan will be talking about the book and signing copies tomorrow night, Thursday, February 6, from 6–8 p.m. at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Ireland Room.

This book includes gorgeous pictures, detailed maps and deep-diving science describing Alabama's geology, biology and ecology from the coast to the mountaintops. 

 Here's more from the Gardens release:

The State of Alabama ranks 5th nationally in biodiversity. Dr. Duncan takes us on a journey through Alabama with insightful prose and 132 beautiful color illustrations. "Southern Wonder" explores the coastal dunes of the Gulf of Mexico to the Tennessee River Valley; interweaves ecology, meteorology, evolution, and geology; and introduces species found only in Alabama, including the cave salamander and the beach mouse. Dr. Duncan’s book has already been hailed by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and naturalist Edward O. Wilson as “one of the most important books ever written about Alabama … a call to Alabama’s people to treasure and protect the state’s living heritage.”

Dr. R. Scot Duncan is an Associate Professor of Biology and Urban Environmental Studies at Birmingham-Southern College. Though he has worked in Uganda, Antarctica and Latin America, he is currently studying endangered species and ecosystems in Alabama, including the Ketona dolomite glades, montane Longleaf Pine woodlands and the Watercress Darter.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Renata Adler on the March to Montgomery : The New Yorker

Nice piece for MLK Day.

Renata Adler on the March to Montgomery : The New Yorker: Adler resists the impulse to write about the march as myth. Instead, she shows how things are a little disorganized.

Having covered many reenactments of the bridge crossing, I'm glad the "disorganized" character of the original march was consistent with the original.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

TrekBirmingham and Shades Creek

Our friends at TrekBirmingham have released another update to their burgeoning collection of outdoor destination explications.

The latest addition is a behind the scenes tour of the Shades Creek Greenway, the walking and biking train the runs along the creek banks and Lakeshore Parkway in Homewood.

As always, the TrekBirmingham exploration goes below the surface we see as we amble along, delving deeper to explain the geology, ecology, and history of your everyday surroundings. Such as:

Where was the lake that gave Lakeshore Parkway its name?
How to wade the creek and find hog suckers, stonerollers, and shiners.

And for more options and other destinations check out the TrekBirmingham homepage.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

TEDxBirmingham 2014 — Rediscover the Magic


The Watery Wilderness Down South

America's Amazon: an APT documentary on the Mobile Tensaw Delta
I highly recommend a beautiful new documentary I caught this week on Alabama Public Television that explores the great watery wilderness of Mobile Tensaw Delta. It was written and narrated by Ben Raines, the former Mobile Press-Register reporter, now the executive director of the Weeks Bay Foundation.
The documentary, which features Alabama native and well-known scientist E.O. Wilson,  celebrates Alabama's biodiversity and helps us up her in Birmingham both what we have been blessed with and what we are in danger of losing if we don't take care. 
There is a movement afoot to preserve the Delta as a U.S. National Park.
You can stream the video from the APT site or I do believe it will be broadcast again on Sunday afternoon if you want to watch it then or record it.

Black Belt BBQ Revue

I caught a great piece on the barbecue clubs of Sumter County recently on Alabama Public Television. I wrote about the same subject back in 2008 and the documentary brought back fond memories.

The video, which is available to stream, is part of the Journey Proud series of documentaries about Alabama heritage and culture hosted by Hosted by Joey Brackner, Director of the Alabama Center for Traditional Culture.

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

A precious few Whooping Cranes and thousands of Sandhill Cranes and other waterfowl on view at the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Ala. If you want to go this weekend is the Crane Festival, so plenty to see and do.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Moss Rock Boulder Canyon Loop

The water is running a Moss Rock Preserve in Hoover. Check out the Boulder Canyon Loop.