January 30, 2021 – Salamander Festival – virtual
The festival will also include a “Storyboard Trail” hike at Homewood Forest Preserve on your own.
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2020 Salamander Migration Notes
2021 Migration is expected to start soon!
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.
>Find meeting slides and more watershed plan information.
The 17th Annual Salamander Festival will take place on Saturday, January 30, 2021. This year, due to Covid, it will be virtual. You can hear the salamander story, see salamanders, download arts and crafts and listen to special music. Over 35 festival links will be available . The festival will also include a “Storyboard Trail” hike at Homewood Forest Preserve on your own. Photos from 16th Annual Festival and more . . .
February 11, 7:00 – Via Zoom
“Saving Salamanders on the Natchez Trace roadway,” by Tom Mann, Mississippi Museum of Natural History
During normal times, our monthly meetings are at Homewood Library, now we are doing social distancing versions.
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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. Send your check with name and address to: 401 Woodland Dr., Homewood, AL 35209
For book information click here.
The 2021 Fall Shades Creek Cleanup was virtual this year. It worked with participants signing up online for their choice of day, time and location to cleanup. We had nearly 75 people participate, and in numerous locations. The event spanned the months of September and October 2021 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. . .