Archive for April 2014

Everyday is Earth Day

    Engaging the Next Generation of Leaders : Earth Day at Evergreen Community Charter School by Emily Ehley   Of course, “earth day” is every day that occurs on Earth. Maybe the real importance of this annual holiday is to celebrate and develop the connections within our communities and between human communities and communities…

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A botanical exploration in the Sipsey Wilderness, May 3

The Natural History of Thompson Creek: A botanical exploration in the Sipsey Wilderness Saturday, May 3, 2014 8:30 a.m. Warrior Mountains Trading Company SIGN UP! Group size is strictly limited to 10 This fun, educational hike is a partnership between Wild South and the Environmental Education Association of Alabama Thompson Creek runs on the western…

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Hikes in Bankhead National Forest, April 26

Two great Bankhead National Forest hikes to choose from on April 26! Wiggins Hollow Leader:  Robert Howell Distance:  2.5 miles roundtrip Rating:  Moderate (completely off-trail) All ages welcome There is lots to see and learn about on this hike, which will take place in northeastern section of the Bankhead National Forest.  Wiggins Hollow was the…

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THE SIPSEY CHALLENGE! Celebrate Wilderness! Win prizes!

  Take The Sipsey Challenge! Challenge yourself…and  celebrate Wilderness! In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Wilderness Act and the 40th anniversary of the Sipsey Wilderness, both in 2014, Wild South will lead a series of hikes in the Sipsey Wilderness for the next eight months, from October 2013 through May 2014, almost every…

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Benefit for Alabama Wilderness

A little background: On Oct. 26, 2013, a woman backpacking with a friend in the Sipsey Wilderness took a fall and severely broke her leg. She was in the heart of the Sipsey, over 4 miles from any trail head. Fortunately, there were Wild South volunteers in the wilderness that day, some engaged in trail…

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Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus)

Peregrine Falcon (Falco peregrinus) Imagine an animal that is four feet wide, and can exceed speeds of up to 200 mph. Imagine this animal having knife-like claws and excellent eyesight, appearing out of nowhere to capture a small bird out of the air and convey it to a nearby rock cliff. Imagine an animal that…

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Red Wolf (Canis rufus)

As winter finally starts to melt and the first green glow of tulip poplar blossoms rise over the mountains, we take a moment once again to be thankful for the magnificent diversity of life in the Southeast. This is one time a year when people celebrate the tiniest things, like the first sprout on the…

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From the Desk of Pat Byington

To all Wild South-ers, I am humbled and honored to serve you all as the Executive Director at Wild South. As the Tennessee Wild Campaign Coordinator, I was able to witness the many strengths inside our organization, most importantly YOU. Our supporters are the heart and soul that drive us to fight for public lands…

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Wildflower hike on Thompson Creek, Sipsey Wilderness, April 12

Wildflower hike on Thompson Creek (Trail #206) Sipey Wilderness, Bankhead National Forest (Alabama) Saturday, April 12 Warrior Mountains Trading Company 9:00 a.m. SIGN UP! Leader:  Grant Posey Distance:  5 miles roundtrip Rating:  Moderate All ages This hike will begin at the Thompson Creek trailhead at the end of Road 208 on the western side of…

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