Bham Now’s Nature Roundup – “celebrate biodiversity” edition – May 25th

Crayfish Alabama
Celestial Crayfish (Procambarus holifieldi) Bouge Chitto Creek, Perry County, Alabama – Photo Guenter Schuster

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup’s “celebrate biodiversity”  edition.

It was a pretty slow nature news week in Alabama, so it was timely that the 2nd installment from Bham Now about Alabama’s rivers came out titled – Why Alabama’s rivers are America’s Amazon

Did you know Alabama ranks first in the nation in the number of different kinds of freshwater fish, turtles,snails, mussels and crayfish?  Or as biologist Paul Johnson aptly states it – the most diverse “on earth!”

Something to truly celebrate. And as our friends at the Alabama Rivers Alliance say on their t-shirts and bumper stickers – it’s also something to “defend.”

Alabama Rivers Alliance
Alabama Rivers Alliance

Enjoy this week’s edition of the nature roundup and spread the news about Alabama’s diverse rivers.



Bham News – Why Alabama’s rivers are America’s Amazon

Bham Now – Do Dah Day or the Cahaba Lily Festival? Dogs or lilies… a tough decision

Bham Now – Birmingham’s Kiwanis Club celebrates 100th with new Vulcan Trail Park

WBHM – Woodlawn Students Growing a Healthier Neighborhood – Breathtaking Cahaba lilies blooming on the Cahaba River

Alabama Newscenter – On this day in Alabama history: President Kennedy named Russell Cave a National Monument

Alabama Wildlife Federation – AWF Magazine (Current Issue)

Little River Falls this week

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Snail Alabama
Smooth Hornsnail (P. parasinata) Alabama River – Photo ADCNR/AABC

The AcousticCafe – May 26-27

Ruffner Mountain – Quilt the Forest – May 27th

Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Ramble 2017 – June 10th

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Black Warrior Riverkeeper 15th Anniversary Sunset Cruise
Red Mountain Park – Good People Charity Week – June 19-23

Camp McDowell – Southern Roots: The edible garden in the classroom

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Defend Rivers Paddle – July 8th

A displaying female Alabama Lampmussel (Lampsilis virescens) of the Paint Rock River, Jackson County – Photo ADCNR/AABC

Coosa Riverkeeper – 10% Giving at Sky Castle – July 12th

Cahaba Environmental Center – Cahaba Connections Conference – August 4th

Discovering Alabama – April-May Broadcast Schedule

Birmingham Zoo – 2017 Calendar of Events

Birmingham Audubon Society – 2017 Events

Sierra Club Alabama Chapter – Meetings and Hikes

Fresh Air Family – 2017 Calendar

Alabama Birding Trails Calendar

Ruffner Mountain – Calendar

  • 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.