Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of December 28

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

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of December 28.

Before we get to the news of the week, in the midst of the chaos of the holiday season, we wanted to publish the following poem by southerner Wendell Barry.

We hope everyone finds “grace”.

Photo by Greg Harber
The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free

~Wendell Berry

Now onward to this week’s news and events.

Birds of Birmingham Parks
Green Heron at Crestwood Park – photo by Miranda Johnson Studstill
News

Bham Now – It is Christmas tree recycling time again in Birmingham

Bham Now – Bham Now Nature Roundup end of the year conservation directory

Bham Now – Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham supports sustainability and clean water

Bham Now – Freshwater Land Trust Sunday Hike Series recap and future dates announced

Bham Now – Meet the intermediate musk turtle, Alabama’s newest turtle species

WBHM – Endangered Whooping Cranes Are Coming Back

NPR – New Species Of Turtle Is Discovered In Alabama

Courier -Journal – Carp Species Potential Threats to Alabama Waterways

al.com – Greed and wanton destruction destroyed Alabama’s oyster harvest

Mountain Eagle – Solar panels being installed at Camp McDowell

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Alabama Abandoned Mine Lands Projects

"Whooping crane at play" - Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by: George Lee
“Whooping crane at play” – Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Photo by: George Lee
Events
Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.

Oak Mountain State Park – First Hike 2018 – January 1

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Wild & Scenic Film Festival – Huntsville – January 26

Alabama Wildlife Federation – Critter Crawl – February 10

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

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

Whooping Crane
Whooping crane at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, photo by David Frings, December 9, 2017

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 

Birmingham Alabama
Painted Bunting – photo by Ken Hare

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.