Bham Now Nature Roundup – September 29th

Indigo snake – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for September 29th.

A couple of weeks ago, the Alabama environmental community lost one of its true giants – Dr. Bob Mount.

I was fortunate to work with Bob closely in the early 90s when I served as Executive Director of the Alabama Conservancy (now the Alabama Environmental Council). Bob at the time was a board member.

I delighted in my visits with him at Auburn. The stacks of newspapers in his office. He would warmly greet me, and never fail to hand me clippings from the newspapers from across the state.  The articles were always about Alabama’s environment and politics.

We always talked politics. He was a Republican when being a Republican wasn’t cool.

We always strategized – how do we protect the special places and more importantly the snakes, turtles, reptiles – in many ways the critters that frighten many Alabamians.

Not an easy task here in Alabama.  Bob taught me to be fearless when it came to Alabama’s biodiversity and natural wonders – especially defending snakes. That’s because he was forthright and fearless himself.

That’s why we loved him. He mentored me and so many students and people to fearlessly love nature – even the critters, especially the snakes, people tend to be afraid of.

It was his book – The Reptiles and Amphibians of Alabama   written 20 years ago that opened the world of snakes, frogs, turtles and salamanders to all of us.

We are all now fearlessly the Bob Mount generation.

Pat Byington
Bham Now – Director

Birmingham Alabama
Gopher tortoise – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Now Onward to this week’s news.


Bham Now – “Polish and shine” – Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center (photos) 

Bham Now – Ruffner Mountain turns 40 – special words from their first and current executive directors 

Bham Now – Celebrate the Cahaba River at the “Fry Down” (photos) – Alabama cracks down on E. coli bacteria in rivers with revised standards – One of America’s best hikes: Walls of Jericho 

CBS News – The Underwater Forest

Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.


Birmingham Audubon – Audubon Fall Bird Count – September 30th

Ruffner Mountain – Guided Fall Hike with Michelle Reynolds – September 30th

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

Weeks Bay Foundation – Alabama Coastal Bird Fest 2017 – October 4-7

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

Alabama Environmental Council – Rain Barrel Workshop – October 14th

Nature Conservancy in Alabama – Connect with Nature – October 15

Alabama Environmental Council – The Oxy Morons Benefit Show for AEC (Free) – October 15th

Southern Environmental Center – EcoFest 2017 – October 19th

Ruffner Mountain – Ruffner turns 40! – October 21st

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

Wild South – Wild South 10% at Rojo Night – October 31st

ASAN – ASAN Food & Farm Forum – December 8-9

Alabama Wildlife Federation – 2017 Calendar of Events

Wild South – 2017 Events Calendar 

Alabama Wildlife Center – 2017 Events Calendar

Discovering Alabama –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.

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.