SCIENCE

Barred Owl House Mounted in Roebuck Springs

Our first barred owl house, mounted in a tree in Roebuck Springs, Alabama, on Wednesday, April 1, no April foolin’, is about ready for the Web cam once we decide which camera will work best. Stay tuned… Glynn Wilson Photographer Kenny Walters conducting a final check of the Yellow Hammer Studios hand-crafted barred owl house……

Science Wins Over Religion in Scopes Monkey Trial?

Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species Turns 150 The Big Picture – By Glynn Wilson – DAYTON, Tenn. — Forty-three years after the death of British naturalist Charles Darwin, whose 200th birthday is being celebrated far and wide this year, a few men were sitting around in a Rexall drug store across from the…

The Great Backyard Bird Count Starts Friday

Glynn Wilson A red-shouldered hawk [buteo lineatus] learning to fly and hunt The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count begins Friday, Feb. 13. Tens of thousands of amateur birders will help experts collect data for science — and have fun too. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great…

Happy 200th Birthday Charles Darwin

Today marks the 200th birthday of English naturalist Charles Darwin, whose ground-break science book On the Origin of Species, turns 150 this year. Here’s are just a few of the mainstream news reports out today on the event. We will have a special report on Darwin from Tennessee later on in the spring. Reuters –…

Great Backyard Bird Count Coming Feb. 13

Glynn Wilson The 12th annual Great Backyard Bird Count will begin Feb. 13, when tens of thousands of amateur birders will help experts collect data for science — and fun. Sponsored by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count Website has some new features this year, an…

The Incredible Journey of the Butterflies

Glynn Wilson Watching the monarch migration makes me long for spring… Orange-and-black wings fill the sky as NOVA charts one of nature’s most remarkable phenomena: the epic migration of monarch butterflies across North America. Public television should still be a part of everyone’s media mix, even though it’s too bad they have to be sponsored…

Famous Whooping Cranes Pass Through Alabama

Migrating Flock Expected in Florida Saturday OperationMigration.Org Thirteen whooping cranes follow an ultra-light through West Jefferson County as they pass over Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. Fourteen ultra-light led migrating whooping cranes made famous in the movie The Nature of Things: Flight of the Whooping Crane…

British Legislators Call for Public Holiday Honoring Darwin

A group of British legislators says naturalist Charles Darwin’s work should be marked by an annual public holiday in his honor. Ashok Kumar is one of 10 legislators backing a campaign to make Feb. 12 — Darwin’s birthday — a national holiday. Kumar said on Wednesday that it would reward “one of Britain’s greatest, if…

Roebuck Springs Fish Kill Update

by Glynn Wilson ROEBUCK SPRINGS, Ala., Sept. 25 — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a solution to the Corps of Engineers and the city of Birmingham to build a temporary dam out of sand bags and then construct a permanent structure to control the flow of water from the spring pool behind…

Editorial: Major Price Should Be Paid for Fish Kill

by Glynn Wilson Editor and Publisher If Regina Nummy, the director of Roebuck-Hawkins Park, has not already resigned her position — for her ignorant order telling Birmingham city workers to illegally excavate wetlands without a permit and to remove a dam on a Village Creek spring pool — she should be fired immediately. Glynn Wilson…

Major Lawsuit, Penalties Expected in Roebuck Fish Kill

by Glynn Wilson ROEBUCK SPRINGS, Ala., Sept. 24 — It may take a lawsuit to get to the bottom of why and how the director of a city park came to destroy a dam in the habitat of endangered fish and illegally order the excavation of wetlands without a permit on Village Creek, since Birmingham…

At Least 1,000 Endangered Watercress Darters Killed

Illegal Dam Removal in Roebuck Springs Under Investigation Glynn Wilson The scene of destruction at Roebuck Springs on Village Creek, where at least 1,000 endangered fish were killed by the illegal removal of a dam. by Glynn Wilson ROEBUCK SPRINGS, Ala., Sept. 23 — Ignorance kills. Regina Nummy, the director of Roebuck-Hawkins Park, apparently took…

E.O. Wilson for Governor of Alabama, 2010

Under the Microscope by Glynn Wilson I once tried to goad newspaper reporters in Alabama to pick up the story that if basketball star Charles Barkley ran for governor of Alabama as a Republican, then the Democrats should recruit E. O. Wilson. The campaign headline could be: Brains v. Brawn! Beneath his gentle manner and…

Dogwoods in Bloom: Flowers Lose Their Scent

Glynn Wilson The spring bloom of the dogwood trees in the South is almost over for 2008, but for now it is time to enjoy the outdoors this time of year and take a break from the computer. Meanwhile, I thought it was just me who could not smell the flowers. Now comes this report…

DC Court Invalidates Bush EPA Mercury Loophole

Glynn Wilson Alabama Power’s Miller Steam Plant on the Locust Fork fouls the air and water… by Glynn Wilson QUINTON, Ala., Feb. 9 – A mentally retarded boy stood in the middle of the country road in front of a ramshackle house trailer and a burned down shack, casting a sideways glance in my direction…

Country Music Leads to Higher Suicide Rates?

Suicide rates for white people in U.S. metropolitan areas is higher in cities where more country music is played on the radio, according to a study that earned the Ig-Nobel Prize in Medicine for Steven Stack of Wayne State in Detroit and James Gundlach of Auburn University. In their analysis, which appeared in the journal…

E. O. Wilson Coming to Birmingham April 21

Samford University’s Center for Environmental Stewardship and Education will host a symposium April 21, as nationally renowned leaders in science, religion and the environment come together to discuss “saving life on earth.” “The Creation: An Appeal to Save Life on Earth” includes one of the world’s most renowned biologists, two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Harvard scholar and…

Expect A Total Lunar Eclipse Saturday

Saturday’s total lunar eclipse is set to the most spectacular in years, scientists say. NASA Earth’s shadow will begin moving across the moon at 3:18 p.m. EST Saturday, with the total eclipse occurring at 5:44 p.m. EST and lasting more than an hour. During “totality,” only light that has been filtered through the Earth’s atmosphere…

Human Ancestors Interbred With Chimps

When the ancestors of human beings and chimpanzees parted ways 6.3 million years ago, it must have been a long goodbye. Some of our descendants seem to have gone back for a final tryst with the chimps, according to new gene research. Nuff said… That is the conclusion of a group of scientists, anyway, who…

Nature Versus Nintendo?

It’s “nature vs. Nintendo,” warns Oliver Pergams, and Nintendo appears to be winning, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. Fewer Americans per capita are going to national parks, and instead, playing video games or otherwise electronically amusing themselves indoors, according to a new study of park attendance. Pergrams, a conservation biologist at the University of Illinois…