Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 9, 2018

Sandhill crane in flight
Sandhill crane in flight
Sandfhill crane in flight – Photo by: George Lee

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 9.

This week, Bham Now released its 2nd installment on Recycling in Alabama.  A few interesting facts from the story to mull over and share with friends about the importance of Alabama’s recycling industries.

  • Recycling in Alabama directly accounts for 32,400 jobs.
  • Constellium, an aluminum can recycling plant in Muscle Shoals, Alabama recycles 20 billion cans a year.
  • The largest plastic recycler in the world is KW Plastics in Troy, Alabama
  • For every 100,000 tons of waste generated, only one landfill job is created. Recycling processing the same amount of waste produces 10 jobs. Recycling based manufacturing  provides 26 jobs.
Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center
Just a few of the materials the AEC Recycling Center collects – newspaper, magazines, mixed paper, cans and glass

Something to think about.  As our good friend Alan Gurganus, former head of the Alabama Recycling Coalition put it:

“Recycling is a great example where the economy and the environment are mutually beneficial. There is no argument. The economy and the environment can both be prosperous,” concluded Gurganus.

News

Bham Now – Recycling is one of Alabama’s most important industries for new jobs

Bham Now – Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission honored for support of Oak Mountain State Park

Bham Now – Local annual reports from Red Mountain Park, Cahaba River Society and Coosa Riverkeeper

al.com – Alabama AG: Coal ash cleanup order violates states’ rights

Alabama News Center – Record number of bald eagles counted on Alabama lakes

Alabama Rivers Alliance – The Coosa River’s Day in Court

Events
Visit Bham Now’s complete calendar.

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

Birmingham Audubon – Great Backyard Bird Count: Ruffner Mountain – February 18

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Black Warrior at Farm Burger – February 19

Jefferson County Conservation District – 2018 Urban Forestry & Conservation Fair – February 21

Sandhill cranes with a juvenile whooping crane in the center - photo by George Lee
Sandhill cranes with a juvenile whooping crane in the center – photo by George Lee

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

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

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

Ruffner Mountain – Spring Native Plant Sale – April 7

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

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

Birmingham

Southern Environmental Center – Darter Festival  2018 – April 15

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.