Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Black bears moving into Northeast Alabama -Anniston Star

Anniston Star - Good news bears species showing signs of comeback: Evidence of a small full-time population in Northeast Alabama is mounting, according to a story in the Anniston Star.

A study of the black bear population at Little River Canyon National Preserve near Fort Payne offered more definitive answers about the black bear population in that area. The study, which ended in October, confirmed what some scientists already were sure of – there is a sustainable black bear population there.

Researchers found two female black bears with cubs and evidence of 16 to 19 bears in the preserve. The sustainable black bear population at Little River Canyon didn’t exist a decade ago, Steury said.

This image, taken earlier this month in Nances Creek by a motion-sensor-activated camera, shows a black bear, according to a JSU biology professor. The species, once common in Alabama, may be staging a comeback. (Photo courtesy of Robert Carter)

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Monday, November 19, 2012

Alabama park wins award for urban green space - chicagotribune.com

Alabama park wins award for urban green space - chicagotribune.com by Verna Gates

Dubbed Birmingham's living room, Railroad Park has drawn a diverse blend of people from the city to the suburbs since opening in 2010. Its evolution from an ugly wasteland into a beautiful, highly-used space also drew the attention of the Urban Land Institute, which is presenting its prestigious 2012 Urban Open Space Award to park and city officials.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Corpse flowers, ethereal and otherworldly, bloom in Alabama's woods | al.com

Excerpt from Ben Raines, al.com: Corpse flowers, ethereal and otherworldly, bloom in Alabama's woods | al.com: Also known as ghost plants and ice flowers, the plants have none of the green chlorophyll that courses through the veins of almost every other plant growing on Earth. Plants use the chlorophyll in their leaves to turn sunlight into glucose, which fuels the plant.

.....The delicate and ethereal flowers have emerged in Alabama woods in the last few weeks. Look for them in places with a thick canopy above and few green plants growing close to the ground. Though they are few and far between, when you find one, you’ll often find several more growing within 20 or 30 feet. 

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Florence fashion designer Billy Reid outfits Daniel Craig in latest James Bond film

From Bob Carlton's article on at al.com: Made with 100-percent Italian wool, the navy-colored, double-breasted pea coat is accented with natural horn buttons and leather details under the collar and pockets. That style of coat, which falls just below the waist, was originally worn by European sailors as far back as the 1700s.

The internationally famous fashion designer Billy Reid has a big fan in James Bond star Daniel Craig, and one of Reid’s menswear designs has a supporting role in the British actor’s latest 007 thriller “Skyfall,” which opens nationwide Friday.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Friday, November 2, 2012

From Ben Raines: Ancient sand dollars spill from the banks of the Alabama River, hinting at a watery past

35 million year old sand dollars spill from the river bank along the Alabama River near Perdue Hill and the Claiborne Dam. The area is famous for its fossils, with oysters, cockles and other sea creatures frozen in time along the river. (Ben Raines/Al.com)
Ancient sand dollars spill from the banks of the Alabama River, hinting at a watery past | al.com: The presence of the oysters and sand dollars so far from the present day coastline has helped scientists understand the dramatic changes in sea level, dating back millions of years.

Forty million years ago, most of Florida, and much of Mississippi, Louisiana, Georgia and Texas were underwater, submerged under an ancient version of the Gulf of Mexico. With bluffs along the river south of the Claiborne Dam reaching up 200 feet, Rindsberg said fossils from many ancient eras can be found.

Tagged Alligator Snapping Turtle caught and released

Nice story from an Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource's Press Release. Last Month, Woody Bozeman was fishing the Tallapoosa River for catfish just off the boat ramp at Ft. Toulouse National Historic Park in Wetumpka, Ala.
At 11:30 p.m., he noticed the tip of his rod begin to bend slightly. In the 40 minutes that followed as he brought his catch to the surface, Bozeman would be surprised by the creature he’d hooked -- an 83-pound alligator snapping turtle.
It turned out to be tagged and Bozeman contacted the DCNR which was able to gather scientific information on this iconic creature of Southern waterways. They then released the turtle, which is on the state's protected species list because of  declining numbers

Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - al.com

Read this Wayne Flynt piece on the contributions of Alabamians to the jazz and the blues music Tuxedo Junctions and other famous places - ...