The secret is out – “America’s Amazon” is Alabama the Beautiful

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America’s Amazon – Alabama the Beautiful

Last Spring, Alabama Water Watch (AWW) released an “infographic” that has been going viral within the environmental education community.

Titled,  America’s Amazon Alabama the Beautiful, the stunningly colorful poster reminds us why Alabama’s biodiversity is important nationally and globally.

Barbours Map Turtle - 51% of North America's freshwater turtles are found in Alabama
Barbours Map Turtle – 51% of North America’s freshwater turtles are found in Alabama

The facts:

  • 10% of the freshwater resources in the continental United States flow through or originate in Alabama.
  • Alabama ranks 1st in freshwater fish biodiversity nationally  with 325 species.
  • 38% of North American fish species are native to Alabama.
  • 43% of North American freshwater snails are native to Alabama.
  • 51% of North American freshwater turtles are native to Alabama.
  • 60% of North American freshwater mussels are native to Alabama.
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Striped-necked Musk Turtle (Photo by Eric Soehren)

Additional details from the poster:

19% of freshwater fish in Alabama are at risk due to pollution and destruction of habitat

There are 132,000 miles of river in Alabama. That’s enough to circle the earth 5 times!

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Razor Backed Musk Turtle (Photo by Mark Bailey)

Alabama Water Watch is encouraging people to download and share this infographic freely.  Here is the website that can help you configure and publish a large poster – AWW Infographic 2.0

Alabama’s biodiversity is one of our state’s best kept secrets. Because of the important work of groups such as Alabama Water Watch – the secret is out.

Spread the word.





Pat Byington
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.

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