Bham Now Nature Roundup – August 18th

Birmingham Alabama
Osprey spotted at Railroad Park – photo by Greg Harder

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for August 18th.

This week, Bham Now published its first installment of a three part series of stories about Birmingham’s air pollution problems. The first story focused on Birmingham’s past.

Birmingham Alabama
“U.S. Steel plant. Red-orange is characteristic color of steel plant emission.” – June 1972 – photo via Bhamwiki by LeRoy Woodson for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Documerica” program

How bad was Birmingham’s air in the 60s and 70s? Check out this passage from the story:

“According to attorneys at Maynard Cooper & Gale, one of Birmingham’s most respected law firms, their founder, George Fleming Maynard kept a bowl of water in his office to wash his hands before handling documents because of the dirty air that came through his open window.

In the 50s and 60s lawyers and businessmen who walked from their offices to the courthouse or anyone who did business downtown for that matter, would occasionally need to change their starched white shirts when they got back to their offices because of the soot that fell from the region’s steel mills.”

Birmingham Alabama
Photo via Bhamwiki by LeRoy Woodson for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “Documerica” program

We’ve come a long way in Birmingham. Check out  this week’s edition which will look at the human impact of air pollution.




Bham Now – “Smoke City” – Birmingham air pollution our past and future 

Bham Now – A special visitor at Railroad Park – a beautiful Osprey (photos) 

Bham Now – Peaceful gentle giants: Meet Alabama’s manatees (photos)  

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Falling in Love with Alabama’s Rivers – by Charles Miller  

Coosa Riverkeeper – 5 Spots to Beat the Heat & Back-to-School Blues this Weekend

Alabama Rivers Alliance – What Needs to Happen Right Now to Improve Water Management in Alabama – Bullets alone can’t solve Alabama’s feral hog problems


Alabama Wildlife Federation – Governors Conservation Achievement Awards 

Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.
Mobile Alabama
Credit: DISL/MSN Contributor


Ruffner Mountain – Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Fugitive Nests & Shelters 

Red Mountain Park – TWO DAYS OF CELEBRATION – August 26-27

Sierra Club & Conservation Alabama – Volunteer Lobbyist Training – September 9th

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Lunch and Learn – the Benefits of Trees – September 13

ASAN – 3rd Annual Graze Birmingham – September 17th

Alabama Wildlife Federation – Wild Game Cook-Off in Birmingham– September 21

Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Fry-Down – October 1st

Sierra Club – Amazing Alabama, Protecting and Appreciating What We Have – October 13th

Mobile Alabama
Photo Credit: Simone Lipscomb, DISL/MSN Contributor

Southern Environmental Center – EcoFest 2017 – October 19th

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Wild and Scenic Film Festival – October 22nd

Alabama Wildlife Federation – 2017 Calendar of Events

Wild South – 2017 Events Calendar

Discovering Alabama – June Broadcast Schedule

Birmingham Zoo – 2017 Calendar of Events

Birmingham Audubon Society – Upcoming Events

Sierra Club Alabama Chapter – Meetings and Hikes –

Fresh Air Family – 2017 Calendar

Alabama Birding Trails Calendar

Little River Canyon Center – 2017 Calendar

Ruffner Mountain – Calendar

In case you missed it, here is last week’s Nature Roundup.

  • 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.