Overnight Historical, Ecological, and Astronomical Float Trip this Saturday, November 3 on the Flint River
First, if you need a canoe, they rent for $25 each, and I will need to know by 3 p.m. on Friday. My phone at home is 256-539-3747 and my cell is 256-509-1219.
Meet: Saturday November 3 at Hays Nature Preserve, parking area at 1 p.m.
Bring: Camping gear , warm clothes, breakfast and dinner items to share, cooler if needed to.
Optional: Fishing gear—this will be a lazy 7 mile paddle. Stories to tell around the fire. Binocs for the astronomy lesson that evening. NOTE: We will take our vehicles and gear to the campsite first, then shuttle back to the canoes. So leave in the canoe ONLY WHAT YOU NEED FOR THAT AFTERNOON PADDLE.
Take Out: Joe Hollis’ farm on the right bank of the lower Flint—Very nice camp site.
Looking for: Lead Paddler that knows the River. I will not be able to lead the paddle, but I will help shuttle in the morning and be at the camp site that afternoon/evening
November 4th—in the morning, we will again share breakfast items, and take our leave to go home as we want to that morning.
Please bring emergency phone numbers—for the waiver you will sign.
Thanks! Soos Weber—Chair, Flint River Conservation Association.
256-539-3747 home (leave message with phone number) or 256-509-1219 cell
Sept. 29: Flint River Splash for Trash 9-2 p.m. Landlubbers and canoeists welcome.
Oct. 13: Overnight History & Ecology Float Trip on the Flint River.
Oct. 18: Open house for Forever Wild at the Monte Sano State Park Lodge 5-7 p.m.
Nov. 6: Elections and chance to vote “Yes” For Amendment 1—the Forever Wild Land Trust Reauthorization,
to purchase conservation lands for the next 20 yrs.
Dec. 11: Flint River Holiday Potluck, with Beth Maynor Young—
river activist, writer, and photographer, 6-8:30 at the Monte Sano State Park Lodge.
Forever Wild Land Trust Reauthorization on November 6
State-wide Comprehensive Water Management Plan
Fighting Hydro-fracking in our National Forests
Invasive Species Education and Control
Watershed Protection from Non-Point Source Pollution (NPS)
August 9: Gasland showing at the Flying Monkey at 5:30 pm.
August 21: Regular meeting on Forever Wild
August 21: Rain barrel Workshop at AAMU’s Winfred Thomas Ag Research Station, Hazel Green
August 29: Green U at the Huntsville Botanical Gardens
Sept. 26-27: Clean Water Alabama Seminar
Sept. 29: Flint River Splash for Trash for National Public Lands Day
October 13: Overnight float trip on the Flint River
Oct. 18 Conservation Alabama meet and greet on the Forever Wild Program at the State Park Lodge in lieu of FRCA’s public meeting
November 6 : Please Vote for the Forever Wild Amendment
December 11 : FRCA annual meeting with Beth Maynor Young as speaker after a scrumptious Potluck Supper. She will bring copies of her new book to sign and sell.
Susan Weber will make an impassioned presentation at 6:30 pm about the Forever Wild Land Trust at 320 Fountain Circle. Since it was established by constitutional amendment in 1992, the Forever Wild Land Trust has purchased more than 227,000 acres of land for public use. However, Alabama still had the smallest percentage of public conservation land (4%) in the Southeastern U.S. You will have an opportunity to vote to renew the Forever Wild Land Trust Program on November 6th. Come hear Susan speak about this program and give a stunning slideshow prepared by the Nature Conservancy. Call Susan at (256) 509-1219 for more information.
The Flint River Conservation Association and the Green Coalition are hosting a Backyard Wildlife Habitat Tour of yards certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
Join us Thursday, August 2 at 6 p.m. Call Soos for more information at 256-509-1219.
Scott Hughes, ADEM Director of Education and Outreach, will be our speaker. He will demonstrate the ADEM on-line complaint system used to report problems with air or water quality. Join us at 320 Fountain Circle in downtown Huntsville to learn about this environmental accountability system. Call 256-509-1219 if you need more info.
We will have a co-meeting with the Green Coalition for a field trip to Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge. We meet at 6 at Hardees in Gurley and depart promptly at 6:15 for the 30 minute drive – 8 miles this side of Scottsboro on US 72. This Refuge was purchased by the USFWS back in 1978, to protect a large colony of Indiana and Grey bats that are both Federally endangered species and could go extinct. Everyone should bring a picnic dinner to consume while we wait for the bat emergence. Also, for your comfort, please bring a poncho or raincoat & a folding chair for each member of your family. It will be chilly in front of the cave.
You will learn about the 300,000 mammal inhabitants of the cave, and hear about “White Nose Syndrome” (WNS) that is killing colonial bats all over the Eastern US—and is spreading west.
This bat cave was discovered and found to contain these endangered bats by Dr. Merlin Tuttle, founder of Bat Conservation International (BCI), which is leading the research of White Nose Syndrome.
Please invite family, friends, kids, grandkids, —this is open to anyone. We are NOT going into the cave. It is about a 500 foot level walk to the observation area.
Scott Hughes will be unable to speak this Tuesday. He has rescheduled for July 24th.
Come out Tuesday, June 19th at 6:30 pm to 320 Fountain Circle SW, in downtown Huntsville for our public meeting. Friends and family are welcome!
Scott Hughes will be our speaker. Scott will demonstrate the new ADEM on-line complaint reporting system that allows Alabama citizens to register a grievance
such as sediment entering a stream or anything else that impairs water quality. Scott began his career at ADEM in 1989 after receiving a B.S. Degree in Biology
from Auburn University. He has managed environmental programs in the Water Division, Air Division, Permits & Services Division, and he also represents
ADEM on the Board of Directors for the Alabama Clean Water Partnership. If you need more information, please call Susan Weber at 256-509-1219.