Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 2, 2019

Splinter Hill Bog
Splinter Hill Bog
Pitcher plant at The Nature Conservancy’s Splinter Hill Bog, photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 2, 2019.

This winter, the Alabama Rivers Alliance has been showing Southern Exposure Films throughout the state at conservation meetings and film festivals. We thought it would be appropriate to kick off the first Nature Round-up of 2019 with a 12 minute video about the need for a state water plan.

Despite, record rainfall in 2018, we are only 2 years removed from one of the worst droughts in reason memory back in the fall of 2016.  Whether it is too much rain or not enough, lack of water planning endangers not only the environment, but also our economy. Alabama needs a water plan.

Now onto the news and events:

News

Brian Bowser, UAB’s resident manager for campus dining. Photo courtesy of UAB

Bham Now – 5 UAB Sustainability Food and Dining Initiatives, including replacing 250,000 plastic straws in 2 1/2 months

Bham Now – Learn how a lily saved the Cahaba River. Join the Cahaba River Society Family Reunion on January 31

Bham Now – Black Warrior Riverkeeper Nelson Brooke featured in Field & Stream

Bham Now – UAB’s Greg Harber has bicycled to work everyday since 2013. See how much money he saved

Events

Ruffner Mountain – ASO unwined: Copland’s Billy the Kid – February 7

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – My Heart Through Art – February 8

Alabama State Parks – Eagle Awareness Weekend – February 8-10

Alabama Wildlife Center – 2019 Wild About Chocolate – February 9

Birmingham Audubon –Chimney Swift Love: A joint fundraiser between Birmingham Audubon and Paperworkers Local – February 14

Red Mountain Park – 2019 Lovers Leap – February 15

Cahaba River Society –Water: Cahaba River Society benefit Art Show – February 28 to April 30

Environmental Education Association of Alabama – 2019 EEAA Annual Conference – February 28-March 2

Alabama River Alliance -Alabama Water Rally – March 15-17

Rivers Alabama
Alabama Rivers Alliance Water Rally River Celebration

Riverkeepers Groups – 8th Annual Airwave Riverkeeper Benefit -March 23

Ruffner Mountain – Spring Native Plant Sale – April 6-7

Birmingham Audubon – 43rd Annual Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop – May 9-12

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

Organizational Calendars

Forever Wild
Pitcher plants in Grand Bay Savanna. Photo by Eric Soehren.

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  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.