Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of June 16, 2018

Leadership Birmingham at the High Ore Line. Photo courtesy of the Freshwater Land Trust.

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of June 16.

When it come to trails, the Birmingham region is on a roll. This past March, the Kiwanis Vulcan Trail opened, and according to the Freshwater Land Trust, almost 8,000 people have taken a journey down the beautifully restored urban trail.

Meanwhile, last week, Red Mountain Park reported the good news that in partnership with ADEM they have removed over 20,000 scrap tires from the park, along with 4100 tons of garbage. That’s not a mis-print – TONS of trash.

In addition to the news from Red Mountain , more good news came out last week from Birmingham’s City Hall, with Mayor Randall Woodfin’s announcement that he made Gasp’s Clean Energy pledge.

Overall, the summer is off to a good start for folks who care about nature and the environment.

Aerial view of the High Ore Trail. Photo by AirFowl.
News

Bham Now – Freshwater Land Trust and partners restore watercress darter habitat in Birmingham’s Roebuck Springs

Bham Now – Birmingham’s Mayor Woodfin signs Gasp Mayors for 100% Sustainable Energy Pledge

Bham Now – Tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, are rising in Alabama

Bham Now – 17 Birmingham walking trails, including Kiwanis Vulcan Trail and more

Bham Now – Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences research team discovers Zika-transmitting mosquito species in Alabama

Red Mountain Park
Red Mountain Park staff collecting scrap tires. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park.

Bham Now – Eye-popping numbers: State removed 20,900 scrap tires and over 4100 tons of garbage from Red Mountain Park

Bham Now – Nearly 1 billion birds die a year colliding into windows in the U.S. Learn how Birmingham Zoo’s Jessie Griswold is helping solve this problem.

Birds
Birds that have died colliding into downtown Birmingham windows. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.
Events

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Bama Belle Cruise with Tuscaloosa’s Waterkeepers – June 21
Coosa Riverkeeper – Watering Hole Series: Slice Pizza – June 18

Birmingham Alabama
The Alabama Cup Races held at the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior RIver on Feb 4-5 2017

Friends of Locust Fork – River Float – June 21
Alabama Rivers Alliance – Grill & Chill with ARA’s Junior Board at Craft Burger – June 23
Alabama Water Watch – Alabama Water Watch Annual Meeting – June 23
Cahaba Environmental Center – Exploring Living River’s Streams – July 13
Alabama Rivers Alliance – DefendRivers paddle with Alabama Rivers Alliance! – July 14
Wild South – Wild South Movie Nights

Quillan Creek, Sipsey Wilderness – Photo by Sam Calhoun

Regularly visit Bham Now’s Event Calendar  to get the latest on nature events in and around Birmingham!

Calendar of Events

Alabama Wildlife Federation – Schedule
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

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.