Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 16, 2019

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In celebration of Thanksgiving Day, photo of a Turkey Tails taken in and around Birmingham. Photo by Vitaly Charny, photographer and co-author of the book Butterflies of Alabama

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 16, 2019.

Here is a “can’t miss” event for your calendar.

On March 14, 7:00 p.m. Birmingham-Southern College will be hosting  Chuck Leavell, well-known pianist and keyboardist for groups like The Rolling Stones, The Black Crowes, The Allman Brothers Band, and many more.

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But did you know, Leavell is also an accomplished conservationist and tree farmer?

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Longleaf pine forest. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

I wonder if he will get more questions about how Mick Jagger still  performs like he does at age 75, than creating a longleaf forest in South Georgia. Either way  – got to see Chuck on the 14th.


Sipsey Wilderness Big Tree
The “Big Tree” in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo credit: Tony Barber

Bham Now – Did you know that Alabama has the smallest percentage of public land in the South? Why it matters.

Montgomery Advertiser – Where have all the hunters gone? Decline threatens economy, conservation efforts

ABC 33/40 – ‘It’s like seeing freedom soar:’ Bald eagles mating in Lake Purdy

Alabama Forestry Commission – Chronic Wasting Disease in Deer


Oak Mountain State Park
View from Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by Linda Cato Wurstner-Oak Mountain State Park

Black Warrior Riverkeeper – Rojo and Black Warrior Riverkeeper 10% Night – February 19

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Give Back Night at Ghost Train – February 21

Friends of Locust Fork River – Free Movie ~ America’s Amazon: The Mobile Tensaw Delta – February 24

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

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Planting native trees at East Lake Park. Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy

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

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

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

Alabama Rivers Alliance – Alabama Rivers Day – April 9

Alabama Environmental Council – Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off Day in Bessemer – April 20

Alabama Environmental Council – Green Tie Affair – April 25

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

Birmingham, Oak Mountain State Park, Wasabi Juan's, holiday entertaining
Take in pristine nature at Alabama’s largest state park. Photo via Oak Mountain State Park’s Facebook page

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

Pat Byington
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.

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