Dear BEN Readers:
Below is a partial list of conservation activities occurring throughout Alabama in 2009. This year, we are committed to update this list at the end of each month. Please contact BEN at email@example.com to submit information about an event in your neighborhood.
Thank you for caring about Alabama's environment . I look forward to seeing you at some of these events or out on the trail!
Publisher, Bama Environmental News - BEN
Schedules - Visit these websites to access up to date calendar of events in your community:
Environmental Education Centers: Museums, Zoos and Gardens
Dauphin Island Sea Lab - http://www.disl.org
Friends of Locust Fork River - http://www.flfr.org
Weeks Bay Foundation - http://www.weeksbay.org/calendar.htm
Anniston Museum of Natural History - http://www.annistonmuseum.org/Programs_Events/index.html
Huntsville Botanical Garden - http://hsvbg.org/events.htm
Landmark Park in Dothan - http://www.landmarkpark.org
Birmingham Botanical Gardens - http://www.bbgardens.org
Auburn Forest Preserve - https://fp.auburn.edu/preserve/UpcomingEvents.htm
Montgomery Zoo - http://www.montgomeryal.gov/index.aspx?page=972
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center - http://www.ruffnermountain.org
Dauphin Island Sea - http://www.disl.org
McWane Center - http://www.mcwane.org
Burrtitt in the Mountain - http://www.burrittonthemountain.com
Birmingham Zoo - http;//www.birminghamzoo.com
Alabama Museum of Natural History - http://amnh.ua.edu/events.html
Environmental Education Hikes, Outings, Tours, Clean-ups, Tree Plantings
Wild South - http://www.wildsouth.org
CAWACO - http://www.cawaco.org
Freshwater Land Trust - http://www.freshwaterlandtrust.org
Fresh Air Family - http://www.freshairfamily.org
Jones Valley Urban Farm - http://www.jvuf.org
Central Alabama Grotto - http://centralalabamagrotto.com/dotnetnuke
Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club - http://alabama.sierraclub.org
Alabama Hiking Trail Society - http://www.hikealabama.org
Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama - http://www.landtrust-hsv.org
Shoals Earth Month - http://shoalsenvironalliance.netfirms.com or http://www.shoalsearthday.com
Alabama Power's Renew Our Rivers - http://www.alabamapower.com/lakes/schedule.asp
JSU Field Schools Schedule - http://epic.jsu.edu/lrcfs/fieldschool_event_calendar.pdf
Birmingham Audubon Society - http://www.birminghamaudubon.org/BAS11-04/Calendar.pdf
Alabama Wildlife Federation/Alabama Nature Center - http://www.alabamawildlife.org
Alabama Coastal Foundation - http://www.joinacf.org
Alabama Wildlife Center - http://www.awrc.org
Camps/Environmental Education Centers
Camp McDowell - http://www.campmcdowell.com/cmec/index.htm
Coastal Wonders - Environmental Education Programs at Beckwith - http://www.coastalwonders.org/
Camp ASCCA -http://www.theenvironmentalcenter.org/
YMCA Camp Cosby - http://www.campcosby.org/oc_overview.htm
Sumatanga Camp and Conference -http://www.sumatanga.org/env-education.php
The Water Course - http://www.alabamapower.com/watercourse/home.asp
Southern Environmental Center - http://www.myecoscapes.com
Ducks Unlimited - http://www.ducks.org/states/31/events/index.html
Alabama Wildlife Federation (Wild Game Cook-Offs) - http://www.alabamawildlife.org/eventscalendar
State & Federal Events and Tours
Department of Conservation's Special Programs - http://www.outdooralabama.com/Programs/
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Tours - http://www.fws.gov/bonsecour/wintertours.html
Discovering Alabama - http://www.aptv.org/Schedule/nolaschedule.asp?NOLA1=DSAL
February - June - Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama's Spring Burst Hikes - Visit http://www.landtrust-hsv.org/events for the schedule.
February 14 - Wild About Chocolate - The Alabama Wildlife Center 5th Annual Wild About Chocolate Valentine Gala - 7:00 PM at Workplay in Birmingham, Alabama - Tickets in advance are $75 and can ordered at 205-663-7930. For additional details visit http://www.awrc.org
February 16 - "Climate Change: A Call to Community" at Miles College in Birmingham, 8:30am to 4:30pm - Keynote speaker: Sr. Maureen Fiedler of Interfaith Voices - visit the Alabama Faith Council website - http://www.alfaithcouncil.org for details.
February 22 - Jacksonville State University's Little River Canyon Center (near Fort Payne) Dedication & Grand Opening - For details call 256-782-5697
February 23-25 - The Alabama Fisheries Asociation's 25th Anniversary Meeting at Auburn University - http://www.alabamafisheriesassociation.org/2009%20Meeting/2009%20Meeting%20Page.dwt
February 27 - Fish Fry Fundraiser Suppers to Benefit the North Sand Mountain Farmer's Market - 3-7pm at Upper Sand Mountain Parish, Hwy 75, Sylvania, Alabama - For details call 256-657-7247.
March 2 - South Alabama Ducks Unlimited - "Date Night" with Dinner & IMAX - 6:00pm at the Gulf Exploreum, Mobile, Alabama - Tickets Single -$50 & Couple - $75 - For additional info call Craig Brantley 251-423-2020.
March 6-7 - Alabama Hiking Trail Society Conference - The Alabama Hiking Trail Society's 7th Annual Conference, at the 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. For complete details about this event, visit http://www.hikealabama.org/conference.html .
March 7 - Mulberry Races: 2nd race of the Alabama Cup - Visit http://www.myspace.com/mulberryraces
March 19-21 - EEAA Conference - The Environmental Education Association of Alabama - Annual Conference - titled "Woods and Water: Connections in Nature" - the Alabama 4-H Center in Columbiana, Alabama. For information about the event, visit http://www.eeaa.us or call 256-426-5871.
March 20-22 - ARA Watershed Leadership Conference - The Alabama Rivers Alliance 11th Annual Watershed Leadership Conference at beautiful Camp McDowell. Visit http://www.alabamarivers.org for details.
March 21 - Green Resource Center for Alabama's "Clover Crawl" 2009 Green Home and Garden Expo - Vulcan Park in Birmingham, Alabama - visit http://www.greenalabama.org
March 25-26 - Southeast Land Trust Alliance Conference - The 2009 Southeast Land Trust Conference - Auburn University's Dixon Conference in Auburn, Alabama. Check out the conference schedule and details at http://www.lta.org (visit "events" on the webpage)
March 28 - Final race of the Alabama Cup "Locust Fork Classic" - King's Bend, Cleveland, Alabama, 9-5 - 205-706-4376 - firstname.lastname@example.org
March 28-April 9 -Hummingbird Spring Banding at Fort Morgan State Historical Park, Fort Morgan, Alabama -Hours are from dawn until mid-afternoon - Contact Bob and Martha Sargent at 205-681-2888 or Rubythroat@aol.com - Visit http://www.hummingbirdsplus.org
April 19 - Earth Fest - Tuscaloosa's Annual Earth Day Event on the University of Alabama campus - http://bama.ua.edu/~UAEC/
April 22 - 18th Annual Auntie Litter Parade and Celebration - Birmingham - http://www.auntielitter.org
April 25 - Earth Day Mobile Bay 2009 - 19th Annual Mobile Bay Earth Day - 10:00am to 7:00pm - Fairhope Pier Park, Fairhope, Alabama.
April 25 - Shoals Earth Day and Earth Month - April 25th, 11:00 to 6:00 at Wilson Park in Florence, Alabama - Visit http://www.shoalsearthday.com or contact NancyMuseSea@aol.com or 256-767-2909.
April 26 - Earth Day at the Gardens - 12th Annual Earth Day at the Gardens - Birmingham Botanical Gardens - http://www.bbgardens.org
April 28 - Coastal Kids Quiz in Daphne, Alabama - Contact the Alabama Coastal Foundation for details at 251-990-6002.
May - June - Cahaba River Society will hold canoe trip each weekend to view the Cahaba lilies - contact them at http://www.cahabariversociety.org for details.
May 7-10 - 32nd Annual Audubon Mountain Workshop - Mentone, Alabama - http://www.birminghamaudubon.org
May 13-14 - 5th Annual State of Our Watershed Conference at the Betty Carol Graham technology Center, Central Alabama Community College, Alexander City, Alabama - for conference info, visit http://www.twp.auburn.edu
May 30 - Spring Hill Medical Grandman Triathlon - Event benefiting Mobile Baykeeper - Visit Mobile Baykeeper at http://www.mobilebaykeeper.org for details
May 30 - The Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton, Alabama
June 23-25 and July 13-16 - Alabama Forestry Foundation's Teacher's Conservation Workshops - visit http://www.alaforestry.org
September 25-26 - Green Coast 2009 - Pensacola, Florida - 251-928-2309 - http://www.smartcoast.org