Friends of Shades Creek

is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in central Alabama made up of local citizens working for the protection of, and responsible development along beautiful Shades Creek. Our group started in August 1998. Our mission is to educate and engage the community in the preservation efforts of Shades Creek. We are supported by memberships and donations.


The Salamander Festival 2017

The 13th Annual Salamander Festival took place on January 28, 2017 at Homewood Sr. Center. We want to thank our sponsor, America’s First Federal Credit Union and all volunteers that helped make the 2017 festival a success.
See photos of the festival taken by The Homewood Star.

For details about the festival, visit the Salamander Festival Event Page. Also see a video from the festival by Bill Mathews.

The festival began with a  Nature Hike before the festival at 2:00 P.M in front of the Sr. Center

2:30 – Films from the “Southern Exposure” film festival begin

3:00 – Salamander exhibits, family crafts, plant and animal displays and much more begin

3:45 – Presentation by Oak Mountain Wildlife Center, showing native Alabama birds

4:00 – Welcome from Friends of Shades Creek and the City of Homewood

4:14 – Awards and Salamander migration story

4:30 – Dance presentation and Music with the Herb Trotman Band

For photos and a video about Spotted salamanders – click here.


Next Shades Creek Cleanup
Saturday, Sep. 30, 2017

The next Shades Creek cleanup took place on Saturday, September 30, 2017 (last Saturday in September, each year). The Cleanup goes from 8:30 A.M. to 12:00 Noon and meets at Samford University’s west gate – We put up a white tent near the gate. In 2016, we had over 175 participate in our cleanup and in 2015, we had over 150 people participate in the cleanup – Thank you to all that have helped. Each year, we look for groups and individuals that want to cleanup and improve our community.  Please, email for information about our 2017 September cleanup.


February 9, 2017 – Program:
Tracking Sea Endangered Sea Turtles

Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 7:00 P.M.  at Homewood Library, Room 101
Presentation by Dr. Thane Wibbels, UAB Professor – Undergraduate Honors Program Director

 Dr. Wibbels will talk about his research and tracking of Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles in the Gulf of Mexico using tracking devices including the use of drones. Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles are the world’s most endangered sea turtle.

 Dr. Wibbel, while at Texas A & M was studying adult reproduction of turtles on how sex is determined in turtles that have temperature-dependent sex determination (TSD). Since coming to UAB, Dr. Wibbel has been involved in studies examining the biology of marine turtles in relationship to global climate change. The results of these studies are providing basic information on sea turtle ecology, evolution, and conservation, and they are revealing that sea turtles are an excellent vertebrate model system for studying the impact of global climate change.