Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 15-21, 2016


Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.

In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan.  Also included in the proposal,  the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.

In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.


Along with the big news about the proposed National Monuments, the Drought of 2016 continues to worsen, Bham Now opened the discussion about the I-20/59 debate and it looks like there are going to be some changes at Red Mountain Park.

News Stories – Birmingham getting closer to national park designation for Civil Rights Historic District

Anniston Star – Federal officials to visit Anniston, consider national monument distinction for Freedom Riders sites

Bham Now – Why Should You Care about the I-20/59 Debate? Birmingham’s Future is at Stake

Bham Now – Drought of 2016 = drastic increase in Alabama wildfires

33/ (video) – Drought Emergency for 28 Alabama  Counties

WBRC Fox 6 (video) –Group wants statewide water restrictions – Op-ed by Alabama Rivers Alliance’s Mitch Reid – “Gov. Bentley should protect Alabama rivers by restricting watering during drought crisis”

Nature Conservancy of Alabama – Use Your Outside Voice to Protect Alabama State Parks

Alabama Newscenter – Fall hummingbird migration is underway

Birmingham Business Journal – Red Mountain Park’s top executive to step down – “10 beautiful places to see fall foliage in Alabama”


Outdoor/Fundraising Events

Fresh Air Family – October Events Calendar – October 21-25

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

Birmingham Audubon Society – Audubon Teaches Nature (Program Launch) – October 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

Greater Birmingham Humane Society – 2nd Annual Howls and Growls – October 28th

Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club – Annual Sierra Club Retreat at Camp McDowell – October 28-30

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Dirt Dash Fun Run 2016 – October 29

Canyon Center – Bat House Building Workshop – October 29th

Moss Rock Festival – 11th Annual Eco-Creative Festival – November 5-6

  • 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.