Happy Birthday, John Muir!

Happy 172nd Birthday to a guy who surely would have been very involved in fighting global warming today: Sierra Club founder and conservationist pioneer John Muir.

To help celebrate Muir's birthday, the Club has begun a project to update and redesign our well-known John Muir Exhibit. This site has more than 1,000 pages of information, including biographical info and much of Muir’s writings; rare archival photos; a Google Earth feature of Muir's travels, and much more.

Enjoy a new look and streamlined navigation, and see more, at www.sierraclub.org/johnmuir

Support President Obama's Call to Save Energy

Legislation is moving through the Senate right now that will help families and businesses retrofit their homes and buildings in order to cut pollution and slash their energy bills.

The rebate programs, called Home Star and Building Star, would put hundreds of thousands of Americans back to work retrofitting millions of homes and buildings. Congress just got back from Spring Break and will be considering this legislation soon.

Contact your Senator NOW!

from Sierra Club Currents

May 2010

Living River Field School

Living Streams: The Ecology of the Cahaba River

Imagine that you are sitting quietly along a stream on a warm summer morning a sandstone boulder serving as your chair. A light breeze disturbs the sycamore and river birch leaves above your head.  A Kingfisher calls as it flies along following the stream in the morning air. As you watch the clear water wash over the rocks you notice Mayflies buzzing above the shoreline. A butterfly dances in the air around a patch of wildflowers and you find yourself wondering how it all connects.

You begin to ponder the stream at your feet and how it might affect the trees and animals that live around it. Upon further deliberation you begin to imagine where this stream is coming from and where it goes. From where you are sitting, the water seems endless, having no beginning and no end and yet you know it must have come from somewhere. You finally begin to wonder how you are connected to this scene. What role do you play in this stream’s journey?

If this sounds like one of your own personal experiences in nature then join us this June for our summer workshop Living Streams: The Ecology of the Cahaba River.  Home of the famous Cahaba Lily, this is a great opportunity to experience the amazing aquatic biodiversity of Alabama. The new Living River Environmental Center, in collaboration with McDowell Environmental Center, is offering this unique field camp setting to explore the Cahaba River.  Watersheds, water quality and the amazing plants and animals of the Cahaba will be our focus as we discover what’s around the next bend in the river.

The workshop will be held on June 10-12, 2010 and will cost $50 per person. Training in the Living Streams curriculum will be presented by Dr. Bill Deutsch of Alabama Water Watch. All participants will also receive Project WET certification upon completion of the course. CEU credits are also available.
Our home away from home will be the Alabama Museum of Natural History’s Expedition field camp, which will be located near Furnace Creek in Brierfield Historical State Park. All meals, equipment, and tent accommodations will be provided.

We welcome all classroom teachers, non-formal educators and individuals interested in learning about more about the Cahaba River and want to experience the life of a field biologist. Join us as we wade, float, and paddle this amazing Alabama river. Space is limited, so make sure you reserve your spot early! The registration deadline is May 1, 2010.

For more information and to register for the workshop please contact Matthew Miller, Director, Living River Environmental Center, at matthewmiller328@gmail.com or call 205-387-1806.