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Audubon Christmas Bird Counts will be held throughout Alabama and the rest of the nation in the coming weeks, an annual event almost 120 years old that helps with research data-gathering and getting folks oudoors.

The bird counts began as part of an effort to tally and watch trends during a time of heavy commercial hunting. Due to demands for meat in restaurants and plumage for women’s apparel — most of both coming from the biggest cities of the nation — commercial hunting was wild and untamed.

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Sandhill cranes are among the most popular species spotted at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in north Alabama during the annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count. These stately birds migrate each year and are growing in number thanks to conservation efforts. (Photo: USFWS)

Between a great conservation movement of many people, the formation of state wildlife agencies, federal bird treaties and other events including the Audubon bird counts, regulations, limits and controls were imposed. The tides shifted and today one part of the conservation success story of the 1900s still continues.

In Alabama, you can find several Audubon bird counts throughout the state. One of the most popular, and one I’ve attended, is on Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. It’s based at the refuge visitor’s center in Decatur but volunteer counters visit property on the refuge, Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area and other sites.

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Very cool golf news out of Alabama!

Miguel Angel Jimenez has committed to play in the PGA Tour Champions 2017 Regions Tradition at Greystone Golf & Country Club. The club, located in Hoover south of Birmingham, was the original home to the tournament, which at the time was known as the Bruno’s Memorial Classic.

Screen Shot 2017-03-11 at 1.14.29 PM.pngGreystone is a gorgeous facility with a challenging layout. The tournament also has been held at Ross Bridge, an RTJ Trail course, and Shoal Creek Golf Club, which will play host to the USGA’s 2017 US Women’s Open.

The Bruno’s Memorial Classic began in 1991 as a way to bring fun, competitive golf with well-known albeit older PGA Tour players. That first event had Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Chi Chi Rodriguez as guests, and was won by George Archer. Other winners over the years include Jim Dent, Alabama native Hubert Green, Hale Irwin and Andy Bean.

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Paddlers can reserve one of six camping shelters along the Perdido River that accommodate up to eight people each. (Photo: ADCNR)

The Alabama State Lands Division has launched its new canoe trails website, www.alabamacanoetrails.com, with information and maps needed to plan an adventure on the Bartram Canoe Trail or the newly opened Perdido River Canoe Trail.

The site also makes it easy for paddlers to make overnight camping reservations for both trails.

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Anything fishing related will be on display and up for grabs when the River City Antique Tackle Show comes to the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Decatur Riverfront Sept. 23-24, 2016.

Now in its 21st year, the River City Antique Tackle Show attracts collectors from across the southeastern United States and beyond who bring thousands of antique fishing items dating back to the mid 1800s to display and sell.

nflccThe River City Antique Tackle Show is a chance to meet with collectors and buy a variety of vintage fishing tackle including rods, reels, lures, fish scales, old minnow buckets, and tackle boxes.

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The Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association (AMLA) is pleased to unveil the new North Alabama Craft Beer Trail and the North Alabama Craft Beer Passport. The Trail Screen Shot 2016-08-28 at 4.54.09 PMinvites craft beer enthusiasts on a self-guided tour of eight North Alabama microbreweries offering hundreds of unique flavors custom to the region.

Available on www.northalabama.org, the self-guided tour features eight microbreweries and tasting rooms located in Florence, Huntsville, Madison, Cullman, Guntersville and Gadsden.

“Designed for residents and visitors to enjoy, the North Alabama Craft Beer Trail is a unique attraction highlighting Alabama-made beer while providing a boost to the North Alabama economy,” said AMLA President/CEO Tami Reist. “The Trail spotlights fresh, locally-brewed beer and is another opportunity to give visitors a unique destination experience that can only be enjoyed in North Alabama.”

To see all the breweries, click below:

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On a ridge in the Freedom Hills of Northwest Alabama, in a clearing among century-old oaks and “piney” woods, one may visit the graves of more than 300 coon hounds, all tried and true. For most of the year one hears only the peaceful sounds of nature.

On Labor Day, however, the quiet is broken when folks gather for the annual Coon Dog Cemetery Labor Day Celebration. They come to have a good time and to pay tribute to the dogs and to those who loved them, especially the cemetery’s founder, Mr. Key Underwood, and the first dog buried here.

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Honey bearsFarmers have sold their wares in the United States since Colonial days, offering fruits and veggies along with ciders, beers, whiskey, honey and other goodies.

Farmers markets today span the gamut from slick, streamlined and organized affairs — probably because a city or community somehow could make money — to roadside gatherings that become known among locals.

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