The 13th annual Moss Rock Festival was a blast! Here’s what you missed.

Festival guests lounge on hammocks in the Autumn sunshine. Photo by Lauren Bedford for Bham Now

Moss Rock Festival, Birmingham’s premier eco-creative festival, drew large crowds for its 13th annual festival weekend. The festival lasted all weekend (November 3-4) and featured local musicians, bouldering, wonderful art and an epic beer garden.

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Moss Rock Festival smart-living, art + design November 4 & 5

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Laura Walker’s whimsical art at Moss Rock Festival. Via – Moss Rock.

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The first weekend in November come and see what Moss Rock Festival is all about!

November 4 & 5, grab your family and friends and discover the eco-creative festival. It’s a hybrid experience with nature, smart-living, art + design at its core…plus there’s great food and music. The weather is supposed to be perfect…perfect for a day outside enjoying this event!

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 29 to November 4, 2016

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Moss Rock Festival this weekend – November 5-6 in Hoover

Once again, this week’s news was dominated by the drought and another pipeline disaster in Shelby County.

In the good news category, there was some progress made on the proposals to create two National Parks in Anniston and Birmingham and on the coast the Alabama Coastal Foundation the launched the state’s first oyster shell recycling program.

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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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Alabama weekly nature roundup – October 8-14, 2016

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Very dry Little River Falls at the Little River Canyon National Preserve – October 13, 2016

Little River Falls earlier this year
Little River Falls

What’s the old saying – “a picture is worth a thousand words.”  Little River Falls, one of Alabama’s most iconic waterfalls, has disappeared as a result of the extreme drought of 2016.

News Stories

WSFA – Ken Hare’s Natural Alabama: Natural Alabama Needs to pass Amendment 2

al.com – Alabama Rivers Alliance Executive Director named in al.com’s 2016 Women Who Shape the State

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