Friends of Shades Creek Monthly Meeting and
20th Anniversary Celebration

August 9, 2018
Wild Taro: Early Stages of an Ecological Disaster in the Cahaba Watershed
Dr. Randy Haddock, Field Director, Cahaba River Society

Wild Taro, one of the oldest cultivated plants on earth, is a highly invasive exotic plant in rivers of the southern two-thirds of Alabama, covering bank and in-stream habitats and harming native flora. It’s in several Cahaba tributaries such as Patton Creek, Little Shades Creek, and Shades Creek and is beginning to invade the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, a major threat to the Cahaba lilies.

Dr. Haddock will address the goals of the Cahaba River Society’s new Wild Taro management program: to keep it out of the wildlife refuge, to prevent it from spreading further in the Cahaba watershed and to educate the public and landscape/garden professionals about reducing its use as an ornamental landscape plant.

A new brochure, a joint effort between the Cahaba River Society and the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, has been published to spread the word about the ecological hazard of Wild Taro in our rivers. It will be available at the meeting.

Celebrating our 20th Anniversary!

Come join us for cake and finger foods to celebrate our anniversary. We are kicking off a new program year and celebrating our 20 years of educational programs, advocacy for clean water, outings and work cleanups. Friends of Shades Creek began in August 1998 with a group of 24 people invited to a meeting at Homewood Library. The Alabama Rivers Alliance facilitated our first meeting. We continued having monthly meetings that fall of 1998 and haven’t stopped.

Cindy Lowery, Executive Director of the Alabama Rivers Alliance will be at our meeting to say a few words about the importance of local river groups. Randy Haddock, Field Biologist with Cahaba River Society will present our program for the evening.

We hope you will come and celebrate with us!