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Preserving Alabama’s Wildest Places

Alabama is home to three federally-designated Wilderness areas – Sipsey Wilderness, Cheaha Wilderness, and Dugger Mountain Wilderness. These incredibly biodiverse and geologically-fascinating areas each possess their own unique Wilderness character and natural majesty. It took the hard work of many dedicated activists, naturalists, recreationists, and public lands enthusiasts to protect these lands, securing their inclusion…

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Wild South hike in Sipsey Wilderness, Oct. 27

Join Wild South staff for a hike in the Sipsey Wilderness Saturday, October 27 9:00 a.m. at the Wild South office at 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama or 9:35 a.m. at the Sipsey Recreation Trailhead upper parking lot. Group size is strictly limited and advance registration is required.  Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166.  Indicate…

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September Bumble Bee Challenge!

The Bumble Bee Challenge is back! We took a month off from prizes in August, but for September we have a special prize from local ceramic artist Laurie Caffery. This month, the citizen scientist that submits the most locations for Bumble Bee observations will win a pair of handmade mugs featuring the elusive Rusty Patched…

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Sandstone Glade Exploration, Bankhead National Forest, August 25

Corinth Glade, Bankhead National Forest Saturday, August 25 8:35 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-9744-6166. Leader and teacher:  Kevin England, botanist and Wild South volunteer Distance:  The several-acre glade site is located on the road so this is technically not a hike.  We will…

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Bumble Bee Blitz!!

All summer we’ve been searching and searching for the ever elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee and now is the time to really ramp up our efforts! Why, you ask? Well, as you may know, the defining characteristic  of Rusty Patched Bumble Bees is the brown patch that is apparent on its abdomen. Queen Rusty Patches don’t…

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Trip Report: Sam’s Gap – August 6, 2018

Wild South staff and three dedicated citizen scientists arrived at the surprisingly crowded trailhead just off I-26 for the Appalachian Trail at 8:30. We were all eager to get onto the trail and search for the elusive Rusty Patched Bumble Bee at a site that is the pinnacle of pollinator habitat. Sam’s Gap is home…

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Trip Report: Beauty Spot Bald – July 26, 2018

Beauty Spot Bald, a gap along the Appalachian Trail on the Tennessee/North Carolina border, has an abundance of views, pollinators and, on July 26, volunteers searching for the Rusty Patched Bumble Bee. With 11 volunteers plus three US Fish and Wildlife Biologists, Beauty Spot Bald was one of our most thorough searches this summer. Looking…

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Laid-back hike in Bankhead National Forest, August 4

Join Wild South staff for a short, fairly easy nature hike in the Bankhead National Forest Saturday, August 4 9:30 a.m. at the Wild South office at 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166. This hike is full but contact us to get on the waiting list. Destination:  Sipsey Recreation Area…

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Hike in the Bankhead National Forest, July 28

Wild South hike in the Bankhead National Forest Saturday, July 28 9:00 a.m. at the Wild South office, 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama Sign up at janice@wildsouth.org or 256-974-6166.  Advance registration is required in order to limit group size.  Include your phone number, please. Destination:  Caney Creek Falls Leader:  Janice Barrett Distance: Approx. 3.5 miles…

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