Bham Now Nature Roundup – November 10th – a tribute to Bob Burks

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Birmingham Alabama
Courtesy of the Alabama Environmental Council

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for November 10th.

This week, the environmental community lost one of its longtime champions Bob Burks. Along with his wife Mary, they founded the  Alabama Conservancy (now Alabama Environmental Council) in 1967.  Part of America’s greatest generation, Bob served in World War II and was a leader in the environmental movement in the 60s to the 90s.  With Mary and their friends, they established the Sipsey Wilderness and birth the Eastern Wilderness movement.

Here is a message I posted on Facebook honoring Bob along with the loving  obituary about his life.

Years ago, I also wrote an article about Mary and Bob, after her passing, titled “You only get one fall each year”.

It’s important we never forget the people that helped establish places like the Sipsey Wilderness and fought for nature, clean air and water.

Pat Byington
Bham Now, Director

Now, onward to the news.

Little River Canyon Falls – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Bham Now – Alabama State Parks providing free admission to veterans year-round

Bham Now – Birmingham Audubon: November and December are for the “birds” – Construction of Birmingham Northern Beltline stops due to loss of funding

Auburn-Opelika News – More bears? Auburn study shows growing bear population in Alabama

Alabama Newscenter – Renew our Rivers completes cleanup effort in Etowah County


Paint Rock
Paint Rock River Wildlife – photo from The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.

Alabama Coastal Foundation – Connect to Your Coast at Good People – November 13th

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

Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Watershed Project Opening – December 9th

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

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.