Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 3, 2018

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Photo courtesy of the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 3.

This past week, Bham Now launched its three  part series on recycling in Birmingham. The first edition provides the history behind recycling from the founding of the first drop-off sites at a Vestavia Hills shopping center and on the campus of UAB to today’s curbside recycling programs.

Bottomline, the figure that truly stands out is 16%.  That’s the amount we annually reduce our waste and recycling in Alabama according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. The national average is 34.3%

We’ve got a steep climb ahead of us in Birmingham and the state of Alabama to just recycle at the national average. The next two editions will make the case why it needs to done.

Alabama Conservancy Recycling Center Birmingham Alabama
The Alabama Environmental Council’s (Alabama Conservancy) Recycling Center in 1991
News

Bham Now – Why is Birmingham so far behind in recycling?

Bham Now – Glass recycling collection halted at the Alabama Environmental Council. How you can help.

Bham Now – Roll out the red carpet. Cahaba River Society is honoring rare snail

Bham Now – IKEA Group acquires 25,000 acres of forest property in Alabama

Bham Now – Super Blue Blood Moon photos from across Birmingham and Alabama

al.com – 71 amazing bald eagle photos captured by our readers

WBRC FOX 6 – Absolutely Alabama: The Chimney Sweeps

Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center and Office Building
Events
Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.

Ruffner Mountain – Music with Ms Meg – February 3

Alabama Cup Races – Locust Fork Invitational – February 3

Alabama Wildlife Federation – Critter Crawl – February 10

Alabama Wildlife Center – Wild About Chocolate 2018 – February 10

Friends of Turkey Creek – Birmingham Mineral Railroad Presentation at Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve’s meeting – February 13

Birmingham Zoo – Woo at the Zoo – February 14

Birmingham Zoo – Great Backyard Bird Count – February 17

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

Alabama Cup Races – Mulberry Fork Canoe and Kayak Races – March 3

Cahaba River Society
Oblong rock snail from the Cahaba River in Alabama. Credit: Thomas Tarpley, ADCNR

Cahaba River Society – Water To Wine Tonya Jones SalonSpa Earth Month Fundraiser for Cahaba River Society – March 15

Red Mountain Park – Red Mountain Park Restoration Run – March 17

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

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – 7th Annual AirWave BLOCK PARTY – March 24

Alabama Hiking Society – 2018 Alabama Hiking Trail Society Conference – March 30

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Spring Plant Sale – April 12-15

Red Mountain Park – eCO CU Foundation 3rd Annual Charity Trail Run – April 14

Birmingham Audubon – Coastal Bird Banding at Ft. Morgan – April 17-21

Birmingham Botanical Gardens – Earth Day at the Gardens – April 21

Alabama Wildlife Federation  2018 Calendar of Events

Wild South 2018 Events Calendar 

Alabama Wildlife Center  2018 Events Calendar

Discovering Alabama Broadcast Schedule 

Birmingham Zoo  2018 Calendar of Events

Birmingham Audubon Society  Upcoming Events

Sierra Club Alabama Chapter  Meetings and Hikes –

Fresh Air Family  2018 Calendar

Alabama Birding Trails Calendar

Little River Canyon Center  2018 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.