Nature Roundup January 13th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Photo by George Lee

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 13th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!

In this edition, there is good news all around the region.

On Thursday, we celebrated the establishment of Alabama’s newest National Park units, the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument and the Freedom Riders National Monument.

Earlier in the week, at Birmingham’s Avondale Park, birders throughout the area flocked to see upclose a rare bird in these parts of Alabama called Ross’s Goose.

And to top off a good week of progress in Magic City and surrounding communities, Shelby County and Forever Wild announced plans to create a 1400 acre “Cahaba River Park” alongside the river.

We expect sunshine and 70 degree weather this weekend, so for the hikers, birders and nature lovers, this is going to be one of the best stretch of pleasant weather we will likely receive this winter.  Check out this week’s calendar and don’t miss out!


Congresswomen Terri Sewell authored legislation to create a Birmingham Civil Rights National Park

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

Bham Now – BREAKING NEWS – President Obama Proclaims Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments

Bham Now –Bham Now Special – Freedom Riders & Birmingham Civil Rights National Monuments (photo gallery/links)

Bham Now – Birders flock to Avondale Park and Facebook to see rare goose

Ross’s Goose at Avondale Park in Birmingham, Alabama – Photo by Greg Harber

Bham Now – Turning a vacant lot into a green oasis – TNC’s urban program featured in Huffington Post

Bham Now – Hike the Pinhoti Trail in 2017

Bham Now – Cahaba River supporters excited about new park

Bham Now – “Cahaba communities coming together” – Cahaba River Society’s Annual Meeting

Bham Now – Hey Sole Sister

Anniston Star – Alabama’s ADEM Nightmare – Alabama AG Luther Strange urges confirmation of Donald Trump’s EPA pick

Whooping Crane – Photo by George Lee

Bham Now Outdoor Calendar

Bham Now has put together an extensive Outdoor Calendar for your viewing (and planning) pleasure.  If we missed your organization, just let us know


Little River Canyon Center – Second Saturday Hike – Pinhoti Trail – January 14

Birmingham Audubon – Tom Imhof Beginner Bird Walk at Wheeler NWR – January 14

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – Festival of Cranes at Wheeler -January 14-15

Wild South – MLK Day of Service: Privet-pulling in Sipsey Wilderness – January 16

Friends of Hurricane Creek – Friends of Hurricane Creek Annual Meeting & Potluck – January 17th

SELC – Southern Exposure Screening at UAB Public Health – January 20

Birmingham Audubon – Audubon Teaches Nature: Birds of Prey – January 22

Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Society Annual Meeting – January 26

Wild South – Winter Warmer Weekend Party – January 27

Friends of Shades Creek – Salamander Festival in Homewood – January 28

Ruffner Mountain – Moss and Lichen Hike – January 28

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Cleanup Day – February 4th

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Ecology of Alabama’s Native Plants – February 4

Camp McDowell – McDowell Enneagram conference – February 10-12, 2017

Bham Now – BOLD speaker series featuring Scott Register and Will Lochamy at Good People – February 16

Little River Canyon Center – Birding Hike-Great Backyard Bird Count – February 18

EEAA – Environmental Education Association of Alabama “Stay Wild Alabama”Conference – Feb. 23-25

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Alabama Water Rally – March 17-19

Sierra Club Alabama Chapter – Meetings and Hikes – December & January

Fresh Air Family – January 2017 Calendar

Alabama Birding Trails Calendar

Sponsored by JSU/Little River Canyon

Author: 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.