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About Discovering Alabama

Hi, I’m Doug Phillips. Welcome to Discovering Alabama, the original, Emmy awarded, documentary series about the rich natural history and heritage of Alabama. 2014 was a special year for us. We celebrated our 30th anniversary. That’s right, we’ve been on the air 33 years now. Thanks to all of you for your support, we couldn’t do it without you.

doug-turkeyAlabama contains a remarkable array of nature, forests, rivers, wildlands, and wildlife €“abundant across a diverse landscape from the mountains to the prairielands to the gulf coast. This natural heritage is closely linked with the state’s cultural heritage. Alabama’s wildlands were integral to the daily lives of Native Americans who often celebrated nature in their spiritual practices. By the 1800s, Alabama’s plentiful game, timberlands, water, and soils were the lure for waves of settlers seeking this bounty of nature as their hope for a new life. Today, Alabama’s natural wonders are sought for recreation and are promoted as attractions to entice tourism, expanding growth, and industrial development. Discovering Alabama explores the many interesting and changing relationships between Alabama’s lands and people, from the past to the present.

An important aim of Discovering Alabama is to document this information for the citizens, communities, and schools of the state. But another concern of Discovering Alabama is to highlight the state’s natural history in a context useful for planning. In looking to the future, we can sometimes benefit from the wisdom of the past. Native Americans knew well the meaning of the adage, “The nature of life is nature.” Discovering Alabama brings to you a remarkable realm of nature in hopes that this aspect of our heritage is aptly embraced and retained for generations yet to arrive.

You are invited to tune in to Alabama Public Television or contact us for video purchase, and join me as we Discover Alabama.

Happy outings,
Dr. Doug


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The folks over at Alabama Water Watch in association with The Alabama Cooperative Extension System put together this poster about our amazing river systems, Alabama's Amazon. Alabama's rivers are one of the most biodiverse not only in the nation, but the world! If you would like more information about how you can get your own poster or the work Alabama Water Watch is doing visit ... See MoreSee Less

Something a little different for this Monday, or rather #museummonday, these are the fossilized jaw of a prehistoric bear and molars of a prehistoric tapir. Both were found right here in Alabama and if our paleontologist here at Alabama Museum of Natural History are correct, they are over 12,000 years old! #Alabama #science #paleontology #creek #bear #pleistocene #tapir ... See MoreSee Less

‪#FossilFriday Pleistocene bear mandible fresh out of an Alabama creek found earlier this week with some tapir molars (top right) for scale‬

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