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September 26, 2020 – Shades Creek Cleanup
January 30, 2021 – Salamander Festival
Shades Creek is beautiful, yet has many challenges caused by urban runoff. The Nature Conservancy in Alabama (TNC) has taken leadership to develop a watershed plan to restore the Creek. The Shades Creek Watershed Management Plan uses EPA’s 9-step watershed planning process.
>Tell us what you think – survey
>Find meeting slides and more watershed plan information.
The 16th Annual Salamander Festival took place on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Shades Valley Community Church (SVCC). Special features were seeing live salamanders, listening to blue grass music, the salamander story and a special dance. Over 20 educational displays were exhibited. Photos and more . . .
April 9, 2020 – Virtual Presentation
Video Presentation: The Cahaba River, by Hunter Nichols
During normal times, our monthly meetings are at Homewood Library, now we are doing social distancing versions. Above is a link to a virtual tour of the Cahaba River, of which Shades Creek is the largest tributary . . . . Read more
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It took over three years to write a book about Shades Creek. The Birmingham Historical Society consider this one of their most important publications to date, says Marjorie White, Birmingham Historical Society executive director. The book is available for $30. For book information click here.
The 2020 Fall Shades Creek Cleanup is scheduled for Saturday, September 26. We are in the process of planning a social distancing event for 2020 that would span 2 to 3 weeks with a small number of volunteers in several locations. Keep watching here for details as they evolve. Thank you to organizations in the past for your help in cleaning up our community. And thank you to the 140 volunteers that came out in 2019. Photos from 2019. . . .
Centennial Tree seedlings are propagated from local seed sources of trees descended from the original native forest surrounding Shades Creek. The seedlings are being grown at Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Friends of Shades Creek conducts annual tree seedling plantings on the first Saturday in November in collaboration with Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Samford University and the City of Homewood Environmental Commission. More details. . .