Friday, March 20, 2009

BEN 2009 Event Calendar (Updated)

Birdwatching in a Park

View of O'Neal Bridge, Tennessee River and Florence, Alabama

Below is the latest BEN 2009 Event Calendar.

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 -
Friends of Locust Fork River -
Huntsville Botanical Garden -
Landmark Park in Dothan -
Birmingham Botanical Gardens -
Ruffner Mountain Nature Center -
Dauphin Island Sea -
McWane Center -
Burrtitt in the Mountain -
Alabama Museum of Natural History -

Environmental Education Hikes, Outings, Tours, Clean-ups, Tree Plantings

Freshwater Land Trust -
Jones Valley Urban Farm -
Alabama Chapter of the Sierra Club -
Alabama Hiking Trail Society -
Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama -
Shoals Earth Month -
Alabama Power's Renew Our Rivers -
Alabama Wildlife Federation/Alabama Nature Center -
Alabama Coastal Foundation -
Alabama Wildlife Center -

Camps/Environmental Education Centers
Coastal Wonders - Environmental Education Programs at Beckwith -
Sumatanga Camp and Conference -
Southern Environmental Center -

Special Fundraisers
Alabama Wildlife Federation (Wild Game Cook-Offs) -

State & Federal Events and Tours

Department of Conservation's Special Programs -
Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge Tours -

Television Schedule

Discovering Alabama -


February - June - Land Trust of Huntsville and North Alabama's Spring Burst Hikes - Visit for the schedule.

WRATT Emission's Testing Schedule - The Waste Reduction the Technology Transfer Foundation has released their 2009 auto emissions testing schedule in jefferson and Shelby counties. Check out the schedule at

Shoals Environmental Alliance Spring Nature Outings Schedule - Last week, The Shoals Environmental Alliance has released their 2009 Spring Nature Outings Schedule. Visit their website at for details.

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 (visit "events" on the webpage)

March 27 - Mobile Baykeeper Private Screening/Benefit - Mobile Baykeeper will be presenting Grand Canyon Adventure: RIver at Risk on the big screen on March 27, 2009 from 7-9 PM at the IMAX Gulf Exploreum. The evening will begin with a reception and followed by a brief presentation by the Mobile Baykeeper and the film. Tickets are $20. There will be refreshments provided by Budweiser-Busch Distributing of Mobile and Mobile Popcorn. Seating is limited and only advance sales tickets will be accepted. Call Mobile Baykeeper at 251-433-8197 for details or visit

March 28 - Montgomery Tree Committee - The Montgomery Tree Committee will be holding the Spring Cypress Pond Walkabout, May 28th, 10:00 AM. Meet at the end of the Communications Parkway and wear boots! For details call 334-834-4848.

March 28 - Final race of the Alabama Cup "Locust Fork Classic" - King's Bend, Cleveland, Alabama, 9-5 - 205-706-4376 -

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 - Visit

April 2- 13th Annual Green Tie Affair - The Alabama Environmental Council will be holding their 13th Annual Green Tie Affair on April 2nd, 6:30pm at the Flower Stems Loft, 213 Richard Arrington Blvd. South in Birmingham, Alabama. Tickets are $50. For event details visit -

April 2 - Sibyl Goes Green - The Sibyl temple Foundation in partnership with the Vestavia Hills Garden Club will be holding "Sibyl Goes Green" a day of eco-living to benefit the Sibyl Temple Foundation. The event is scheduled for April 2nd, 9:30a, to 4:00pm at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. National eco-living expert Laura Turner Seydel will on hand. For complete details visit

April 3 - Darwin Bicentennial Symposium with E.O Wilson - The Association of Southeastern Biologists will be holding a symposium on April 3rd, 1:00pm to 5:00pm titled Natural Selection in Past, Present and Future - The Darwin Bicentennial Symposium and Tributes to E. O. Wilson. The event will be held at the Birmingham Civic Center. Dr. E. O. Wilson is scheduled to speak. For additional info, visit The Friday afternoon symposium is open to the public. There will be a $40 charge at the door.

April 4 - Black Warrior Riverkeeper Benefit - The Locust Fork Band will be playing a charity concert for the Black Warrior Riverkeeper at Bottletree Cafe in Birmingham on Saturday, April 4th, 3-6 PM. For details call 205-458-0095.

April 4-5 - Paddle Alabama - Thomasville, Alabama -

April 8 - Nobel Prize Winner Susan Solomon - "The Ireland Lecture - A World of Climate Change Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow - 5:30pm at the Alys Stephens Center on the UAB campus

April 14- "Road Kills on Battleship Parkway and the new Alabama Red-bellied Turtle Fence" presented by Dr. David Nelson, University of South Alabama 7:30 at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

April 17-18 - STICKS Country Music Festival, Palmer Hill in Auburn - visit for details.

April 18 - Dauphin Island Sea Lab's Discovery Day - Discovery Day 2009 will celebrated at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab this spring on April 18th, 10am-2pm . For details visit and hit the "What's New" banner link.

April 18 - Flint River Conservation Association Earth Day at the Hays Nature Preserve - visit

April 18 - Lowndes Citizens United for Action Earth Day - in the Haynesville Town Square - 10am to 2pm - for details contact

April 19 - Earth Fest - Tuscaloosa's Annual Earth Day Event on the University of Alabama campus -

April 18 - Grow Alabama's Earth Day on the Farm - Blount County - For details, visit

April 19 - Party for the Planet Earth Day Celebration at the Birmingham Zoo - visit

April 21-22 - Earth Day Safari at the Montgomery Zoo -

April 19 - Earthbound's Earthfest - to benefit the Black Warrior Riverkeeper - from 1:00pm to Sundown at the Bessie Estelle Park near the UAB campus - call 205-458-0095 for details

April 22 - 18th Annual Auntie Litter Parade and Celebration - Birmingham -

April 23 - Earth Day at Samford University - visit

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 or contact or 256-767-2909.

April 25 - "A view from the Earth" 3rd Annual Earth Day Celebration in Collinsville, Alabama - visit or call 256-844-8235

April 25 - Earth Day at Bellingrath Gardens in Mobile with Mobile Baykeeper - 9:00AM to 3:00PM - for details visit

April 25 - Wildlaw Presents Earth Day in Tuskegee National Forest at the Taska Recreation Center - 11am to 1pm - details, or

April 26 - Earth Day at the Gardens - 12th Annual Earth Day at the Gardens - Birmingham Botanical Gardens -

April 28 - Coastal Kids Quiz in Daphne, Alabama - Contact the Alabama Coastal Foundation for details at 251-990-6002.

May 2- Outdoor Alabama Expo 2009 - The Department of Conservation will be holding the 2009 Outdoor Alabama Expo, 9:00 to 5:00 at Oak Mountain State Park.

May 2 - Learn to be an Oyster Gardener - The Mobile Bay Oyster Gardening Program will be holding Oyster Gardening workshops on April 18th - 10:00am, at the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitor Bureau in Orange Beach and May 2nd - 10:00am at the Auburn Shellfish Laboratory on Dauphin Island. Contact PJ Waters at 251-438-5690 for details and to reserve a seat.

May - June - Cahaba River Society will hold canoe trip each weekend to view the Cahaba lilies - contact them at for details.

May 7-10 - 32nd Annual Audubon Mountain Workshop - Mentone, Alabama -

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

May 30 - Spring Hill Medical Grandman Triathlon - Event benefiting Mobile Baykeeper - Visit Mobile Baykeeper at for details

May 30 - The Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton, Alabama -

June 11-13 - Paddle Alabama at Coosa Weiss Lake - for details, visit

June 23-25 and July 13-16 - Alabama Forestry Foundation's Teacher's Conservation Workshops - visit

July 28-29 - Take Pride Statewide Conference 2009 -

September 25-26 - Green Coast 2009 - Pensacola, Florida - 251-928-2309 -

November 7-8 - Paddle Alabama at Claiborne Dam , Alabama River - for details

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