This June, CRS joined environmental and community organizations from across the nation urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the longstanding scope of the Clean Water Act and reject industry attempts to eliminate federal clean water protections that have kept families, communities, and rivers and lakes safe from pollution for decades.
Over 150 participants recorded over 600 observations of various birds, mammals, fish, reptiles, insects, trees, plants, and other life on the 300-acre Fletcher Nature Preserve at Camp Fletcher, an historic outdoor retreat and nature preserve founded in 1926 by Pauline Bray Fletcher, the first African American registered nurse in Alabama, as a haven for inner city Black children and families to explore nature and the outdoors.
Cahaba River Society will host a BioBlitz at historic Camp Fletcher on the banks of Shades Creek in Bessemer. The event will begin with a nighttime survey of moth, bat and amphibian species starting at 6pm on Friday, April 29. On Saturday, April 30, we will continue the BioBlitz from 9 am to 6 pm. There will be activities for all ages, with nature walks, wildlife viewing, and, beginning at 1 pm, special community programs for participatory nature art and creative writing, story-telling, and camp tours.
In this edition: AL Supreme Court rules in favor of protecting Birmingham Water Works Board Lands, Grants Mill Road update, Low Income Household Water Assistance Program coming to AL, Guided Canoe Trips, how you can help turtles this spring, upcoming events, and more.
Join us for the 2022 Camp Fletcher BioBlitz!
Find and identify as many different species as possible in one day and enjoy a family event with nature art, nature poetry, and learning about wildlife.
The BioBlitz is a great way to excite kids about science, learn about biodiversity, discover how you can help protect our natural world, and discover Camp Fletcher as a summer camp opportunity for diverse youth.
Learn about what our team has been working on this summer; find out what fish are unsafe to eat; read Cahaba River Society’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion statement; help get lead out of drinking water; join us for the Cahaba River Fry-Down 2021, & more!
As we celebrate Earth Day together, we are overjoyed to launch back into river trips and bring YOU along with us. We have learned so much from the pandemic and have been inspired by your support last year which made it possible for us to pivot to meet the challenges facing us in protecting the River and serving our community during the Covid-19 pandemic.
This edition includes: Welcoming Ben Wegleitner, River Sustainability Director ~ A legal action to protect Birmingham Water Works Board lands that preserve our drinking water ~ CLEAN Environmental Education programs available ~ Army Corps commits funding to fish passage study ~ Catherine Coleman Flowers & The Guardian partner on sewage survey ~ Exploring Southeastern Biodiversity with Dr. Scot Duncan, & more!