Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 22-28, 2016

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The drought continues to grow. State Parks Amendment 2 sparks debate. Anniston and Birmingham inch closer to designating National Parks with a visit from Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell.

And of course, Halloween is fast approaching, so the weekend is filled with wonderfully “scary” events and fundraisers.

A very busy week.

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Freedom rider Hank Thomas calls on Park Service to consecrate Anniston bus burning site as “holy ground”

Below – excerpts from the speech today by Hank Thomas, Freedom Rider and survivor of the Anniston Bus Burning.  

The speech was given after a tour of the proposed Freedom Riders Park.  The tour was part of a visit by Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell who later held a public hearing in downtown Anniston to consider a proposal to designate sites around Anniston as a National Park.

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Saturday is “Solar Day” in Birmingham

Here comes the sun Birmingham!

Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center & Office Building
Alabama Environmental Council Recycling Center & Office Building

Yesterday, our friends at Eagle Solar and Light sent us the schedule for Birmingham’s very first Solar Home Tour.

Interest in solar powered homes and businesses is “growing” exponentially in the Magic City.  Here are the details and most importantly the hour by hour day long schedule from their press release: Continue reading “Saturday is “Solar Day” in Birmingham”

Connect to Your Coast and the Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center on October 27th

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Kreher Ecology Preserve and Nature Center’s award winning playground

Support YOUR Coast and YOUR Nature Preserve!

The Alabama Coastal Foundation  Connect to Your Coast Tour (they have been in Gadsden and Tuscaloosa this past month) is teaming up  with the Louise Kreher Forest Ecology Preserve and Nature Center this Thursday, October 27th for some good  BBQ  and an opportunity to learn about the Alabama Coastal Foundation’s efforts to protect and preserve Alabama’s coast.

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UAB Writer Series to feature Dana Walrath, Oct. 28

“I love margins and edges and always look to cross borders and boundaries.” says Dr. Dana Walrath, who will be speaking on creative writing at UAB on Oct. 28th.

Dana Walrath
Dr. Dana Walrath

Walrath appears to have quite a unusual mix of talents.  Anthropology. Writing.  Art. Most recently she published a memoir, “Aliceheimer’s: Alzheimer’s Through the Looking Glass,” — chronically the 3 years she spent with her mother, Alice, before and during dementia.

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Anniston’s Freedom Riders Park and Birmingham’s Civil Rights District one step closer to National Park Status

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This week in Alabama, two prominent places in U.S. history will be a step closer to becoming National Parks.

On Thursday, October 27th, U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell will be conducting two public hearings to consider designating both Freedom Riders Park in Anniston and the Birmingham Civil Rights District as National Parks.

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 15-21, 2016

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Our top story today and for the coming week is the announcement that Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be visiting Anniston and Birmingham to hold public hearings on whether to recommend to President Obama several civil rights sites for National Monument designations.

In Birmingham, the proposed park would include landmark sites such as the 16th Street Baptist Church, where in September 1963, four little girls were murdered by a bomb planted by the Ku Klux Klan.  Also included in the proposal,  the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, which houses archives and exhibits documenting the events of the city’s past, and various other historic sites within the civil rights district.

In Anniston, the proposed National Monument designation will focus on sites where the Greyhound bus carrying the Freedom Riders in 1961 were ambushed in downtown Anniston, and outside town where there was an attack on the Freedom Riders and the bus burning that shook a nation took place.

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Love butterflies? Make a difference this weekend. Purchase “butterfly plants” for your garden

Butterflies.

They are beautiful and wonderful, but they desperately need special plants – let’s call them “butterfly plants” to survive.

Here is a good article on why these plants are so important.

You can make a difference this weekend by attending and purchasing special butterfly plants at the annual Birmingham Botanical Garden’s Fall Sale October 22-23.

Monarch - Photo by: Sara Bright
Monarch – Photo by: Sara Bright

Here is the “butterfly plant” shopping list from the BBG:

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On Thursday – Connect To Your Coast at the Black Warrior Brewing Company in Tuscaloosa

 

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Black Warrior Brewing Company – Connect to Your Coast on October 20th

This Thursday in Tuscaloosa – Connect to YOUR Coast with the Alabama Coastal Foundation (ACF) and the Black Warrior Brewing Company.

Stop by Black Warrior Brewing Company in downtown Tuscaloosa on October 20th between 4:00pm to 10:00pm for some great beer and learn how you can help improve and protect Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation.

Twenty percent of all beer sold that night will be donated to the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

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