Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 1-7, 2016

Painting of E.O. Wilson
Painting of E.O. Wilson

At Bham Now, we are beginning a new weekly feature to keep our readers up to date and informed about the outdoors. Every Friday, we will be publishing nature stories, articles and events that have appeared in various media outlets and websites throughout Alabama

We also want your assistance. In the coming weeks, if you see a nature/outdoor story or event that looks interesting, feel free to send that link to .

So let’s begin.

The inaugural first link  is by Alabama native son ~Dr. E.O. Wilson .  Here is his latest opinion piece that appeared in the Washington Post this past weekend.

Additional stories this week

Seven Springs Ecoscape
Seven Springs Ecoscape – Story on Freshwater Land Trust’s new Executive Director Libba Vaughan 

UAB  News – UAB grad student uncovers Alabama fossils likely from oldest ancestor of modern sea turtles

Tuscaloosa News – Feds protect Alabama salamander, Louisiana burrowing snake – How a ‘rogue’ environmental group tranformed American fisheries

Alabama NewsCenter – Alabama Power welcomes college student volunteers in Renew Our Rivers cleanup

WBRC Fox 6 – Railroad Park adding outdoor ice skating rink this winter

Opelika-Auburn News – State Parks projected to reach record attendance this year

Alabama NewsCenter – Alabama Power requests renewal energy proposals

Mother Jones – New Report: Poor Americans of color drink filthy water and breathe poisonous air all the damn time

University of Montevallo
“Becoming” a powerful sculpture on the University of Montevallo campus

Outdoor Special Feature of the Week

RootsRated – An intro to camping in Alabama: What to know and where to go

Upcoming Outdoor/Fundraisng Events

Alabama Outdoors – Party on the Porch benefitting Black Warrior Riverkeeper October 7th

Ruffner Mountain – Ruffner Mountain Crusher Ridge (5k, 21k and 42k)  October 8th.

Mobile Baykeeper – 2016 Bay Bash – October 13th

Southern Environmental Center – Ecofest 2016  October 20th

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Fall Plant Sale – October 22-23

Alabama Coastal Foundation – Connect to Your Coast events in Tuscaloosa and Auburn – October 20 & 27

Alabama Rivers Alliance and Alabama Environmental Council – Wild & Scenic Film Festival – October 23rd

Colonial Pipeline Updates & related stories – Colonial Pipeline leak: Damaged pipe will be sent to independent lab for analysis

Argus Media – More Colonial Pipeline Shutdowns Ahead

Birmingham Watch – Alabama has thousands of miles of gas and oil pipelines, mostly out of sight and mind (Sept. 23)

Birmingham Watch – New gas pipeline coming to Alabama. Brings jobs, tax revenue and environmental concerns (Oct. 6)


  • 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.