Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 29 to November 4, 2016

Moss Rock Festival
Moss Rock Festival this weekend – November 5-6 in Hoover

Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.

In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.


News Stories

Bham Now –Alabama Not Only Lacks Water, But Lacks A Water Plan

Bham Now – Update: Local, regional and national coverage on the Shelby county Colonial Pipeline explosion

Bham Now – Birmingham Civil Rights National Park petition surpasses 10,000

Bham Now – Support for Freedom Riders National Park growing (slideshow)

Bham Now – Statement: Alabama Riverkeepers respond to latest Colonial Pipeline disaster in Alabama 

WIAT CBS 42 -Riverkeeper to Colonial Pipeline: We can’t keep playing Russian Roulette with lives, drinking water 

WVTM NBC 13 –PHOTOS: Shelby County gas line explosion –The state has few plans to deal with record drought that scientists say will only worsen as temperatures rise – Alabama launches first ever oyster shell recycling program

Alabama Newscenter –Treasured Mile aims for litter-free Lake Martin – Alabama needs a comprehensive state coal ash rule (op-ed by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy’s Amelia Shenstone)

Times Daily – Vote ‘yes’ on Amendment 2

Shelby County Reporter – State, local leaders support Amendment 2

Alabama Newscenter –Butterflies at the beach: Alabama’s Gulf Coast in the fall is aflutter with colorful insects

Birmingham Southern's Ecoscape
Birmingham Southern’s Ecoscape

Outdoor/Fundraising Events

Ruffner Mountain Nature Center –  November 2016 Calendar

Fresh Air Family – November 2016 Calendar

Red Mountain Park – November Calendar

Birmingham Audubon – November Calendar of Upcoming Events

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

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Southern Tales “Starch in their Petticoats” – November 6th

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

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

EcoThree – EcoThree Tours and Workshops – November 28- December 3rd

Bham Now’s BOLD Series – Jim McClintock, Explorer and Author – December 6th





  • 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.