Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – June 22nd

Birmingham Alabama
Birmingham Alabama
Photo by Pat Byington

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for June 22nd.

Last week, I unearthed a video (below) about a book called Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See.  It reminded me that Alabama’s natural landscape truly is a canvass and in many ways we determine what that it looks like and what it is going to be.

Throughout the years, Alabamians have been working on that canvass.  We changed our rivers drastically.  We created wildlife refuges, saved canyons and established wilderness areas. We brought deer (yes – deer in 1930 was gone from over 50 counties in Alabama), bald eagles and turkey after they were nearly extinguished from our state.

Can we bring back longleaf?  I hope so. It all depends on us.

Enjoy this week’s Nature Roundup.

News

Bham Now – UAB solar house unveiled (videos)

Bham Now – Thanks to Alabama voters Oak Mountain State Park is experiencing a renaissance

Bham Now – Birmingham Audubon seeking daring and creative projects to fund

Bham Now – Coosa Riverkeeper is launching their Watering Hole Series this month

Bham Now – Exploring Wild Alabama interview with author Ken Wills

WBRC FOX 6 – Study finds Alabama has second most contaminated drinking water sites

Alabama Environmental Council – Council welcomes new Executive Director

Alabama Newscenter – On this day in Alabama history: Blanche Evans Dean was born in Clay County

Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar at: http://bhamnow.com/bhamn-events/category/outdoor-events/

Red Mountain Park – Good People Charity Week – June 19-23

Wild South – Wild Wednesday Schedule – June 28th

Southern Environmental Center – Figs and Rosemary Benefit at Rojo – June 29

Alabama Environmental Council – Ghost Train Fundraiser – June 30

Alabama Environmental Council – Recycal’s Rain Barrel Workshop – July 8th

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Defend Rivers Paddle – July 8th

Coosa Riverkeeper – 10% Giving at Sky Castle – July 12th

Ruffner Mountain Birmingham Alabama

Coosa Riverkeeper – Cheers to the Coosa Farm & Field – July 27

Cahaba Environmental Center – Cahaba Connections Conference – August 4th

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Lunch and Learn – the Benefits of Trees – September 13

Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Fry-Down – October 1st

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Wild and Scenic Film Festival – October 22nd

Alabama Wildlife Federation – 2017 Calendar of Events

Wild South – 2017 Events Calendar

Discovering Alabama – June Broadcast Schedule

Birmingham Zoo – 2017 Calendar of Events

Birmingham Audubon Society – 2017 Events

Sierra Club Alabama Chapter – Meetings and Hikes

Fresh Air Family – 2017 Calendar

Alabama Birding Trails Calendar

Little River Canyon Center – 2017 Calendar

Ruffner Mountain – Calendar

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.