Monthly Archives: April 2009

Northern Mockingbird Eggs in the Bush

Glynn Wilson While working on the new bluebird house out back, I noticed the mockingbirds going a bit crazy out on the side by the bush covering the gas meter. I figured they must have eggs in a nest there. I had noticed them building the nest for the past few weeks. Sure enough, it…

ACLU of Alabama to Hold Town Hall Meetings on Rights

The American Civil Liberties Union, Alabama chapter, will hold a series of town hall meetings around the state in May to discuss the state of our constitutional rights. With President Barack Obama now in the White House and with a Democratic Party majority in Congress, do you believe enough is being done to restore our…

President Obama Addresses National Academy of Sciences

President Obama addressed members of the National Academy of Sciences on April 27, announcing a renewed commitment to science, technology, engineering, and medicine after eight years of neglect by the Bush administration. Topics included America’s energy future, revitalizing our health care system, science and math education, and allocating funding and implementing policies to ensure that…

Obama, Biden Take Break from Oval Office to Putt

White House/Pete Souza President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden practice their putting on the White House putting green just outside the oval office on April 24. Who knew there was a putting green on the White House lawn? Heads up bloggers. There’s a Flickr page where you can download and publish White House…

A Tufted Titmouse Feeding Young Chicks Too…

Glynn Wilson I know, you must be thinking, where does this guy come up with so many interesting bird photos? Well, if you set up your backyard as a bird sanctuary like I did, this is what you get. In addition to the bluebird babies feeding right now, the tufted titmouse [baeolophus bicolor] family in…

Two Reports Document Birmingham's Air Pollution

Two reports released today further add to the mountain of evidence that air quality is poor in Alabama’s largest city. “The question is what, and when, is the Alabama Department of Environmental Management going to do about excessive air toxic pollution?” according to the press release from the Conservation Alabama Foundation. “Our report in December…

And Then Came Lola-Trailer

And Then Came Lola-Trailer from fastgirlfilms on Vimeo. Looks like fun… It’s a film about a photographer who is always late. She just so happens to be a lesbian, but hey, she also hails from North Carolina. Ashleigh Sumner, that is. The Cast

Lady Bluebird and Chicks…

Glynn Wilson A lady bluebird feeding her chicks. They should be big enough to fly the coop soon. The grosbeaks are not cooperating. I tried to tell them the price of that good food I put out for them is to pose for pictures : ) Maybe this afternoon…

Documenting Justice to Showcase UA Student Films

Documenting Justice Screening to Showcase UA Student Films The University of Alabama Center for Ethics and Social Responsibility and the department of telecommunication and film will host the third annual Documenting Justice Film Screening on Tuesday, April 28, at 7 p.m. at the Bama Theatre in downtown Tuscaloosa. The film screening will be the culmination…

The Arrival of the Grosbeaks, 2009…

Glynn Wilson Today marks the official arrival of the Rose-breasted grosbeaks [pheucticus ludovicianus] to Middle Alabamaland this year. This is a quick shot hand-held. Hopefully they will stay around a few days and we get get some more shots with the tripod over by the birdbath…

The Peace Sign Goes Mainstream…

Where’s the symbol for quiet? Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson The first rose-breasted grosbeak of the 2009 bird migration season shows up on the backyard feeder this morning as I sip a cup of hazelnut brew and contemplate the state of the world coming up on a decade into the new millennium. I can’t…

Cheney Prepares Defense for Torture?

Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy I think it would make a great new reality TV show. Waterboard the Dark Lord. And all his minions, including Turd Blossom…

Avoid Poison Ivy, Poison Oak and Sumac

Enjoy Earth Day outside, but watch out for these dangerous plants. Glynn Wilson If you see this vine with three leaves and a menacing red tint, stay away. It’s poison ivy. Glynn Wilson This, similarly dangerous, is poison oak. Glynn Wilson Also notice the three-leaf pattern and the red tint on the stem. This is…

Black Warrior Riverkeeper Says 'Happy Earth Day'

Nelson Brooke, Riverkeeper and Executive Director of the Black Warrior Riverkeeper environmental group, says today is Earth Day, 2009, and he urges people to consider doing something to benefit your local environment today. “There are many events going on this month in concert with the spirit of Earth Day,” he said in a press release.…

Torture and Tea Tantrums

Random Thoughts From the Georgia Bureau by Dwayne Hood Don’t you just love right wing conservatives? They never miss a chance to wrap themselves in an American flag, stand on a tall pedestal, puff out their chests proudly and belt out Lee Greenwood’s patriotic anthem “I’m proud to be an American, where at least I…

The Latest on Obama Looking Forward, Not back…

For all my friends who do not get MSNBC as part of their cable package: Here’s the latest controversy over the Obama administration talking about looking forward, not back, which we broke back in December, like not investigating Bush administration officials for torture… Visit msnbc.com for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy…

Land on the Locust Fork Submitted to Forever Wild Program

The Black Warrior Riverkeeper and the Friends of the Locust Fork River have submitted a nomination for 3,200 acres along the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River in Jefferson County and Blount Counties to be protected as public property by the Alabama Forever Wild Program. The property, currently owned by the Birmingham Water Works…