Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of December 1

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A sundew from Splinter Hill Bog. This plant is a carnivores (it eats bugs), photo by Georgia Pearson, Nature Conservancy

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of December 1.

This week, please take a moment to read Bham Now’s third installment on biodiversity titled – Alabama has a secret: Its unexplored forests and plants .

My favorite quote in the story was by Bill Finch.  He said.

“If we want to survive into the next century, if we want to thrive and want to understand what makes gardens grow, we would do really well to understand Alabama.”

We hope the series on Alabama’s biodiversity does just that.

Enjoy this week’s Nature Roundup.

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Alabama Canebrake found only in Alabama, photo by Chuck Byrd, The Nature Conservancy of Alabama
News

Bham Now – Alabama has a secret: Its unexplored forests and plants

Bham Now – Condé Nast Traveler features Birmingham’s breweries, rivers and communities (video)

Bham Now – Cahaba River Park receives grant to construct trailhead and 5 mile trail (video)

Bham Now – ‘The die is cast’: One of Alabama’s largest bat populations on brink of white-nose collapse

al.com – ‘The die is cast’: One of Alabama’s largest bat populations on brink of white-nose collapse

Decatur Daily – Governor’s dismantling of water advisory group worries advocates

The Auburn Plainsman – Beautiful and diverse 

WBHM – AEC Marks 50 Years of Lessons Learned

WHNT 19 – Extremely rare whooping cranes back at Wheeler Wildlife Refuge for winter

al.com – Five years ago, Alabama gave itself an amazing mountain  

Birmingham Alabama Botanical Gardens
Sumac – a native shrub. The berries of the sumac were used by Native American to make “kool-aid – like drink,” photo by Pat Byington
Events
Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.

Red Mountain Park – HOGA (Hiking & Yoga) at Red Mountain Park! –  December 3

Wild South – Outdoor Gear Yard Sale – December 3

Freshwater Land Trust – Sunday Hike Series: Black Creek Park – December 3

Alabama Environmental Council – 10% Night at ROJO – December 5

Birmingham Audubon – 2017 Annual Banquet – December 7

Tennessee Riverkeeper – Fundraiser Concert for Tenn. Riverkeeper

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

Birmingham Alabama
Golden Alexander – native host plant for the black swallowtail

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

Alabama Wildlife Center – Craft and Bake Sale 2017 – December 9

Fresh Air Family – Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour – December 12-14

Mobile Baykeeper – Bay Bash 2017 – December 17

Oak Mountain State Park – First Hike 2018 – January 1

EEAA – Rivers to the Gulf Flowing Home – February  22-24

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Alabama Water Rally – March 16-18

Alabama gentian pinkroot found at the Bibb Glades, photo by Chris Oberholster

Alabama Wildlife Federation  2017 Calendar of Events

Wild South 2017 Events Calendar 

Freshwater Land Trust 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.