Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of December 8

Liatris cylindric blazing star, courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of December 8.

With the holiday season in full swing, here is one idea for “gift giving”.

How about giving a membership to a local nature/conservation organization?

This week, Ruffner Mountain’s Executive Director Carlee Sanford wrote a wonderful and meaningful letter to her supporters on why membership is important and the lifeblood of conservation organizations.

We are so blessed in the Birmingham area with effective and strong conservation groups. Every interest is covered. For example, if you care about recycling, you’ve got the Alabama Environmental Council. Land protection? Freshwater Land Trust and The Nature Conservancy. And of course we have an abundance of water protection and nature education organizations.

We love all these groups. So how do you choose which group to give the gift of nature this holiday season?

Here is place to start: The Black Warrior Riverkeeper (BWRK) has published a comprehensive list of conservation groups who work in the Birmingham area. Take a minute and explore their websites.  Give them a call or drop them  an email if you have any questions about their work. Some of them have nice benefits/incentives or as they say in the non-profit business “bling”, like t-shirts, mugs or discounts to local stores.

And then, consider giving the gift of membership – the gift of nature.

Make this holiday season meaningful.

Here is a local list from the (BRWK)  and one on regional and  statewide groups from the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

Now – onward to this week’s news and events.

Birmingham Alabama
Photo via the Cahaba River Society (CRS)

Bham Now – Found! Santa is working deep inside Rickwood Caverns State Park

Bham Now – Alabama natural wonders: Rare plants at The Nature Conservancy in Alabama preserves (photos)

WBRC FOX 6 – Absolutely Alabama: Wild South

Chattanooga Times Free-Press – Rare fish only found in area may receive federal protection 

Decatur Daily – Senator calls for state water plan – Birmingham Water Works chair, others charged in corruption probe

Cahaba River
Rare Alabama Croten which is found in The Nature Conservancy’s Pratt’s Ferry Preserve along the Cahaba River
Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.



Tennessee Riverkeeper – Fundraiser Concert for Tenn. Riverkeeper

Birmingham Zoo – Zoolight Safari – December 8-, 15-23, 26-31

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

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

Bibb County
Rare Gentian Pinkroot can be found in the The Nature Conservancy Bibb County Glades Preserve

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.

  • 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.