Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 22-28, 2016


The drought continues to grow. State Parks Amendment 2 sparks debate. Anniston and Birmingham inch closer to designating National Parks with a visit from Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.

And of course, Halloween is fast approaching, so the weekend is filled with wonderfully “scary” events and fundraisers.

A very busy week.

News Stories

Bham Now –Decisions About I-20/59 Will Impact Neighborhood And Business Potential For the Next 50 Years (Part 2 of 3)

Bham Now –Why Should You Care about the I-20/59 Debate? Birmingham’s Future is at Stake (Part 1 of 3)

Bham Now –Opponents to State Park Amendment 2 claim privatization. Amendment 2 supporters disagree

WBRC Fox 6 –Alabama Forestry Commission reported more than 1,000 wildfires since Oct. 1

ABC 33/40 – Federal officials visit Anniston historical sites

WBRC Fox 6 – Leaders continue push for national park in Birmingham’s civil rights district

Hoover Sun – Care Gone Wild (Story about the Alabama Wildlife Center)

WTVM TV – Scuba divers help clean up Alabama beaches

WVTM NBC 13 – Impact on Wildlife from Drought in Alabama –Alabama streams, rivers drying up due to extreme drought

Governing –On Eve of Water War, Alabama Sides With Florida Against Georgia

Times-Daily –Getting down and dirty, learning about the outdoors

USDA – RCPP Benefits Longleaf Ecosystem in Alabama

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Eight Groups to Petition State Commission to Impose Stricter Limits on Toxic Pollutants in Waters

Alabama Newscenter –Solar set to shine with Alabama Power military projects

Alabama Newscenter –Alabama Birding Trail is at its fall peak for a fowl peek – Conservatives make case for market-based approach to tackling climate change

Birmingham Botanical Gardens "Dirt Dash" is this Saturday
Birmingham Botanical Gardens “Dirt Dash” is this Saturday

Outdoor/Fundraising Events

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center –  October/November 2016 Calendar

Fresh Air Family – October/November 2016 Calendar

Red Mountain Park – October/November Calendar

Birmingham Audubon – November Calendar of Upcoming Events

Fresh Air Family – Spooky Science Party – October 28th

Red Mountain Park – Tricks, Treats and Trails –  October 29th

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

Alabama Wildlife Center – Owl-o-ween 2016 – October 29th

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

Birmingham Solar Tour – 7 Solar Homes and Businesses – October 29th

Canyon Center – Bat House Building Workshop – October 29th

Bare Hands – Day of the Dead 2016 – November 2nd

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Friendraiser at BurgerFI in Tuscaloosa – November 2nd

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

Birmingham Audubon – Identifying Birds with Greg Harber – November 7th

Alabama Coastal Foundation – Cocktails for the Coast – November 10th



  • 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.