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Hatchling Gopher Tortoise, photo by Mark Bailey
Over the past month,
Bham Now published two installments about Alabama’s biodiversity. Who Knew? Alabama ranks first in biodiversity. How did that happen? Darters to turtles: Why Alabama’s aquatic biodiversity matters
A third edition is forthcoming.
In celebration of Thanksgiving 2017 and Alabama’s remarkable biodiversity, below are photographs from our biodiversity series and Bham Now’s weekly Nature Roundup
Enjoy and please share.
And if you have some time this Thanksgiving week, gather the family, take a walk in a forest or along a river bank. Visit a park. We are truly blessed in Alabama with natural wonders big and small.
Celebrate and be thankful.
Who goes there? Barking treefrogs are found statewide and require fish-free ponds for breeding – Photo by Mark Bailey I’m Beautiful! Plicate Rocksnail (Leptoxis plicata) Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River, Blount and Jefferson Counties – Photo ADCNR/AABC Working on my tan Striped-necked Musk Turtle (Photo from Outdoor Alabama) My color truly is “indigo” Indigo snake – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now Lunch! Great Purple Hairstreak – photo fro Alabama Butterfly Atlas Just blending in Diana Fritillary- photo by Sara Bright Spicebush Swallowtail – from the Alabama Butterfly Atlas I bloom every year between mid-May to June on the Cahaba Majestic Cahaba Lily, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now Do you think “painted” best describes me? Painted Bunting – photo by Ken Hare Let’s dance! “Whooping crane at play” – Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by: George Lee Coming in for a landing Sandfhill crane in flight – Photo by: George Lee
For Rent: Bees Favorite bee “condo” at Ruffner Mountain We found a new home!! Vermilion darters found on a new section at Turkey Creek – photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust Only found in the Birmingham metro area, Vermillion Darter – Photo from Pat O’Neil Only in Alabama Alabama cane brake found only in Alabama, photo by Chuck Byrd, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama The Walls Waterfall at the Walls of Jericho. Reader’s Digest has named the place one of the top hikes in America – photo via alltrails.com Home to 131 species of fish Cahaba River – Photo from Cahaba Environmental Center
One of the deepest canyons east of the Mississippi River
Fall at Little River Canyon, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now Photo of Little River Canyon 2017 – by Pat Byington, Bham Now In our backyard Photo of Peavine Falls at Oak Mountain State Park courtesy of Alabama State Parks. More beautiful falls Little River Canyon Falls – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now A hidden treasure in Dekalb County High Falls on Sand Mountain, photo by Pat Byington Top of the World in Alabama View from Bald Rock at Cheaha State Park, photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now And this is why we care Students from the Cahaba River Society’s CLEAN program, photo from the Cahaba River Society