Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of September 1, 2018

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Spicebush Swallowtail – from the Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of September 1.

It is Labor Day weekend, and the Bham Now conservation events calendar is filling up for the month of September. Here are some of my favorite highlights:

September 1 – Alabama Environmental Council Yard Sale – The AEC closed the recycling center’s doors this week to do some much needed end of the summer cleaning.  Celebrate their re-opening today at their first ever yard sale. What a great way to support the center!

September 6 – Cheers to the Coosa -The Coosa Riverkeeper is about to end another season of  their Swim and Fish Guide work.  This impressive “right to know” community project has been catching on like wildfire, moving beyond the Coosa watershed. Checkout the Coosa Riverkeeper’s Guide and celebrate with them in the Magic City this week.

September 9 –4th Annual ASAN Graze – Let’s be blunt.  If you care about GOOD LOCAL FOOD, you need to check out the  Alabama Sustainable Agriculture Network and attend their 4th Annual GRAZE fundraiser. Headquartered in Birmingham’s East Lake neighborhood, this group is rapidly growing and is the premier “grassroots” sustainable agriculture group in the state.

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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – photo from the Alabama Butterfly Atlas

September 13 – Southern Exposure Film Fellowship Premiere Screening at Altamont School – Remember the excitement at the Sidewalk Film Festival last week in Birmingham? The Alabama Rivers Alliance rolls all  that up in ONE Night – at Altamont School, when they reveal all the films produced this summer by their talented youthful filmmakers.  Here is one preview:

September 30 – Cahaba River Society Frydown –  This summer, CRS has been busy  defending the river from ALDOT road proposals off 280.  Later this month, show your support for clean drinking water by attending this legendary fish fry.

Along with these events , don’t forget the Freshwater Land Trust’s annual Land Aid and Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s Celebrating Nature through Art.

Last, but not least, September does bring occasionally some fall showers. If you get caught indoors this month, binge watch Discovering Alabama.

You won’t regret it.  Now onto the news.

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Great Purple Hairstreak – photo fro Alabama Butterfly Atlas
News

Bham Now – Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center will temporarily close this week. It will re-open September 1 with new hours

Bham Now – Binge-watching?  Episodes of public television’s Discovering Alabama are available online

Bham Now – Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Awards honor Birmingham’s own Wendy Jackson and Wenonah High School

Bham Now – Pedestrian bridge for Hollywood Boulevard is one step closer to connecting walkers, runners and cyclists between Mountain Brook and Homewood

Falcate Orangetip – photo from the Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Bham Now – Viral video of truck nearly running over cyclists shocks Birmingham. Here are helpful cycling tips to stay safe.

Bham Now – PALS volunteers pick up 123,440 pounds of litter this year in Jefferson County, Wenonah High School Wins Litter Quitter Campaign

American Rivers – Big Dam Successes in the Southeast

Cahaba River Society – 280 Road proposals , latest updates

Events

Ruffner Mountain & Birmingham Audubon – Russ Bailey Memorial Walk – September 3

Birmingham
Common-Checkered Skipper – photo from the Alabama Butterfly Atlas

Coosa Riverkeeper – Cheers to the Coosa – September 6
ASAN – 4th Annual Graze – September 9th
Alabama Rivers Alliance – Southern Exposure Film Fellowship Premiere Screening at Altamont School – September 13
Freshwater Land Trust – Land-Aid – September 14
Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Celebrating Nature through Art – September 14
Alabama Coastal Cleanup – International Coastal Cleanup -Septemebr 15
Cahaba River Society – Cahaba River Frydown 2018 – September 30
Wild South – Wild South Movie Nights

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

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Least Skipper – photo from the Alabama Butterfly Atlas
Organizational Calendars

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.