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PELICAN POSTPELICAN POSTAA quarterly publication - Weeks Bay Foundation quarterly publication - Weeks Bay FoundationSummer 2020Summer 2020Volume 35, No. 2Volume 35, No. 2White-fringed Orchid - Photo by Kathy HicksWhite-fringed Orchid - Photo by Kathy Hicks

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2Execuve DirectorDaniel Foundaon MatchBlue MislowerCoastal Habitat ProtectedMeet Darrel Williams Jean Lawrence LegacyVirtual Summerme Series Saving the OrchidsWeeks Bay Reserve UpdateDonors233455 6 789-11Board of DirectorsChesley AllegriEllis Allen, MDShawn T. AlvesColey BooneJohn L. Borom, PhDAndrew ChasonJordan CollinsDaniel R. GalbraithDavid Green Veronica HerndonBob HolkRodney M. Kilgore GiGi LoLesley PaceyMary Jane RuchLouis G. (Buddy) RussellSkipper TonsmeireGina Walco Leslie G. WeeksJulie Wiggins, DNP, PNP, PMHSExecuve DirectorConnie WhitakerOur mission is to protect land and promote environmental educaon in south Alabama so current and future residents can enjoy clean water and the marine life, wildlife, and outdoor recreaon that dene our area. Cover photo by Kathy HicksEditorDiana BrewerLayout & DesignKathy HicksFrom the Executive Director . . . This year, one for the history books, has been ying by. It’s hard to believe it’s already summer, and also how fortunate I am to spend some of my work days traipsing through woods conducng annual monitoring visits on protected Foundaon properes, or evaluang properes for future conservaon. I never know what I might nd –acve burrows of gopher tortoises, small criers and birds, or perhaps their skeletal remains! It’s also a treat to see the eects that a prescribed burn has on a habitat such as a long leaf pine savannah, or how a pitcher plant bog responds in owered splendor. With so many uncer-taines in our world these days, we can connue to count on the resilience, life cycles and beauty of nature.While in some respects it has not been business as usual, the Weeks Bay Foundaon has connued to move forward with land projects from Gulf Shores to Mobile. We are on track to open Alta Fish River, a public preserve in Baldwin County, this September for plant idencaon hikes, nature and bird-watching walks ,and more! Keep an eye on our social media outlets, quarterly newsleer and e-newsleers for future details.It is not only our mission to protect land, but to provide environmental educaon and create outdoor experiences for the community to enjoy. No maer where and how you get to enjoy the outdoors, I hope you take away many good memories! In closing, I’d like to thank all of our dedicated members, donors and volunteers. You have connued to step up and support our eorts - both monetarily and with your me - to help us protect land that will remain forever wild. We are all in this together, and we could not do it without you!Connie WhitakerGopher Tortoise emerging from burrowKathy Hicks

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Match met! Thank you to all who gave In late April, The Daniel Foundaon of Alabama issued a challenge grant of $15,000 to the Weeks Bay Founda-on. For every dollar we raised up to $15,000, The Daniel Foundaon would match it dollar for dollar. Thanks to our generous supporters, we met that match and then some!With the cancellaon of Bald Eagle Bash, the Foundaon’s biggest fundraiser, the challenge grant and subse-quent gis have been a tremendous help during this dicult me. While sta has worked diligently to manage expenses, the work to protect and manage properes and to connue moving forward with land transacons in progress has not slowed down.The Daniel Foundaon of Alabama, founded in 1978 by Hugh Daniel, of Birmingham, states that its mission is to “strengthen communies within Alabama and improve the quality of life for cizens from all regions of Alabama. We believe this can be achieved through support of eecve organizaons that are focused on building a healthy and well-educated populaon, living in a vibrant community.”“Weeks Bay Foundaon has been a recipient of grants from The Daniel Foundaon for several years,” Board Chairman Ellis Allen said. “We are so grateful for the support of the trustees who carry out Mr. Daniel’s legacy. It is noted that when asked about his contribuons to the community, Mr. Daniel replied, ‘It is one’s calling to be a part – to parcipate.’ We are proud to be one of the many organizaons in Alabama that are recipients of his generosity and philosophy.”Allen said the Foundaon also owes a debt of gratude to all who contributed to the matching challenge grant, as well as to all who have renewed their memberships, and to new members who joined this year. “Our supporters,” he added, “are the reason our work to preserve and protect land, water, and habitat in south Alabama connues today.”3Blue Mistower Conoclinium coelestinum--Fred NationWhen we think of sunowers, most of us have mental images of big, yellow daisy-like owers. This is true, of course, but the sun-ower family has much more to oer, including owers of literally every color in the rainbow. One especially handsome sunower relave is our nave Blue Mislower. The blooms range in color from sky blue to lavender, with masses of showy owers that begin in July and connue into November.Blue Mislower plants are herbaceous (non-woody) perenni-als, up to about four feet high. The triangular leaves, somemes heart-shaped, grow to four inches long with sharp teeth on their edges. The plants can be found growing wild throughout Alabama, Baldwin County, and the Weeks Bay Reserve. They can be grown from seed or poed stock from nurseries or nave-plant sales. Mislowers are among the easiest wildowers to grow as aracve, trouble-free bedding plants. They will benet from an inch or two of mulch to keep the soil moist, and an occasional pruning to keep them in bounds.Plant remedies for various injuries and diseases have been prepared and dispensed by herbalists and tradional medicine praconers for centuries. For example, a poulce made from Blue Mislower leaves has been used to treat infecons. Tea brewed from the leaves is suggested as a soothing treatment for sore throats, and the leaves have also been applied to wounds to stop bleeding.Blue Mislowers are aracve to bees, moths, and a few desirable bueries, including buckeyes, sulphurs, and monarchs. When they are grown together with our nave yellow sunowers, the color combinaon is beauful, and the bueries will come--guaranteed!

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4Thanks to a conservaon easement (CE) agreement between the City of Gulf Shores and the Weeks Bay Foundaon, 836 acres of diverse habitat in coastal Alabama will be restored and protected forever. With funding from the Naonal Fish and Wildlife Foundaon (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benet Fund, the City of Gulf Shores pur-chased two parcels, the Oyster Bay Nature Preserve and the Emmet O. and Vina Wenzel Wetland Preserve, and awarded the easement to the Weeks Bay Foundaon.The Oyster Bay Preserve is located south of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and east of Oyster Bay. The Wenzel par-cel is located north of the Intracoastal and County Road 4.“The City of Gulf Shores is commied to protecng crical habitat,” Dan Bond, environmental/grants coordinator for the City of Gulf Shores said. “This wetland conservaon project is a great way to protect the environment for years to come. We are pleased to work with the Weeks Bay Foundaon and NFWF to get this project done.”The dal marshes, marime forests, and freshwater swamps in this area are important habitat for many signicant species, including threatened and endangered species such as the Alabama red-bellied turtle and the eastern indigo snake, and various wading birds. The wetlands and swamps serve as a nursery for commercially-important shellsh and nsh, and play a crucial role in the water quality and ecological funcon of the Oyster Bay, Bon Secour and Lile Lagoon watersheds.In addion to protecng the property from future development, the conservaon easement will restore, manage, and protect these wildlife habitats; maintain the natural integrity of the land; protect the wetlands and support water quality; and, prevent saltwater intrusion.“As Baldwin County connues to develop, the pressure to convert remaining natural areas will connue,” Connie Whitaker, execuve director of the Weeks Bay Foundaon said. “We highly commend Mayor Robert Cra and the City of Gulf Shores for protecng these important parcels. The ecological benets, as well as the health and wellbeing of those impacted by a clean water supply and protecon from excessive ooding and stormwater, are immeasurable.” Gena Todia, president of Wetland Resources Environmental Con-sulng, said that protecon of this land from acvies such as clear cung of mber and development for residenal and commercial use are important in the process of maintaining natural areas that provide habitat for wildlife and certain benets that are important to humans.The habitat management plan for the properes, developed by Volkert, Inc., includes controlling the invasive plants and prescribed burning, which plays an important role in the restoraon of nave plants and improving wildlife habitat.Some of the wildlife that could potenally use the property include white-tailed deer, coyotes, bobcats, rabbits, southern ying squirrels, migratory birds, and resident songbirds, game birds and wading birds. Bald eagles, osprey, hawks and owls will likely inhabit the property, as well as several species of turtles.“With proper reintroducon of re and control of invasive exoc species, habitat quality can be greatly improved over me,” Todia said.The acquision and protecon of these properes also expands exisng preserved lands, including an adjacent unit of the Bon Secour Naonal Wildlife Refuge and other city and county-owned conservaon lands.Saving clean water, habitat, and commercially-important sh nurseries in Gulf Shores

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5Weeks Bay Foundaon’s summer intern, Darrel Williams, has been as busy as a person could be this summer, all while taking college courses and being a dad to two young boys.Originally from Winchester, England, where he studied engineering at Southampton City College, Williams started his career in Portsmouth, England, while compleng a four-year engineering apprenceship with Eaton Aerospace. Through a series of events, he relocated to the United States where he met his wife, Jenny. The Williams live in Fairhope with their two children, Breckin and Owen.As the Foundaon’s intern, Williams is conducng monitoring visits on Weeks Bay properes and wring the corresponding reports for land trust accreditaon, working with contractors that will do restoraon work on Weeks Bay properes, and developing a program under which future interns will work.Williams said his lifelong passion for nature and a fascinaon for the local ecology of the southeastern United States drove him to pursue his love of the natural sciences. He is studying environmental science at the University of West Florida, and upon graduaon hopes to get involved in restoraon ecology and land management projects. From England to Weeks Bay—meet Darrel WilliamsJean Lawrence leaves a lasting legacyJean Lawrence, a nave of Illinois and Fairhope resident for the past 25 years, passed away in 2019, but her legacy and love for her adopted home will live on. In addion to a handful of other charies and organizaons, Mrs. Lawrence named the Weeks Bay Foun-daon in her estate with a $96,440 gi.Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and according to informaon pro-vided by her estate, “what they valued most in their lives were art, nature, educaon, spirituality, and animals (cats!).”Jean held a Master’s degree in psychology and art therapy and a Bachelor’s degree in arts, comprehensive ne art and art educaon from Northern Illinois University. She worked as an art therapist for 11 years in Illinois and then studied at the School of the Art Instute of Chicago from 1973-1979. She and Ed later restored and opened a bed and breakfast in Lakeside, Michi-gan, where they lived for two decades before moving to Fairhope.“We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Lawrence for her gi and for her condence in the Weeks Bay Foundaon to protect and conserve nature in this area, one of her loves,” Connie Whitaker, execuve director said. “We are working on a way to memorialize Jean so that others will know of her generosity.”In her wrings, Lawrence said she was “inspired by the local landscape, whose wetlands and water are reminis-cent of the Midwest. When I rst saw the wetlands of the Mobile Bay area, I knew I had found a new home. The land-scape here connues to inspire me for its beauty, its starkness, and its atness. I look for and nd beauty in places where many other turn their backs.”Jean said that her painngs were of two types, both emanang from her inner landscape. “The more recognizable landscapes are metaphorical: nothing is as it appears to be, and life and what it consists of is amorphous and unpre-dictable. The abstract works are about my personal inner vision. I hope that the viewer can project himself or herself into the painngs and can nd a personal meaning in them.”Jean’s work was exhibited at the Bay Rivers Art Guild in Daphne, the Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope where she has won a number of awards, and at several galleries in Mobile and Fairhope. Her painngs of wetlands were shown at the opening recepon of the Earth Maers Environmental Resource Collecon at the Daphne Public Library in 2003, and at the opening recepon for Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort.

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6With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Weeks Bay Reserve’s Educaon Team made adjustments this summer to connue providing K-12 and adult educaon programs virtually.Angela Underwood and Clara Zubrick, with the help of other sta, developed a virtual Summerme Series that included a weekly, na-ture-based Story Time, with associated acvies that could easily be done at home, Squeaky Sneakers lessons that combined science and art to educate youth audiences about estuar-ies, habitats, and coastal ora and fauna, and Tea Time Talks with a Scienst, brief, aernoon discussions with researchers and natural re-source managers about topics related to coastal zone management and the habitats of southern Alabama.Prior to the summer series, Underwood and Zubrick, with volunteer help from Dylan Wier, put together two vir-tual eld trips for students nishing the 2019-2020 school year from home. The topics focused on biodiversity of life within the estuary, water quality parameters monitored by the Reserve, and dierent impacts that human popula-ons have on the health and stability of coastal plant and animal communies. Educaon sta compiled curricula to go along with the virtual eld trips for teachers to use.“What a magnicent gi this Weeks Bay Virtual Field Trip and lesson were for my sixth graders and me,” Mic-ki Brown, 6th grade science teacher at St. Paul’s Episcopal School said. “These students, who had spent the rst semester studying every aspect of the Ocean Literacy Principles that I could deliver, were so relieved to see familiar territory and concepts again…I used your video and lesson! Thank you, thank you, thank you! I hope you’ll leave it on YouTube so I’ll be able to use it again next fall.”These lessons and acvies can be found on the Reserve’s Facebook page and/or YouTube channel, or by con-tacng the Reserve at (251)928-9792 or Summertime Series provides learning at home!Weeks Bay Foundation memberships, renewed annually or in monthly payments, start at $50. As a member, you are joining a group of people with similar interests and concerns for the places we love. You are pro-tecting land, water, wildlife habitats, and outdoor recreation.Membership LevelsLegacy CircleSustainerStewardSupporterFriendMember$5,000 and up$1,000 - $4,999$500 - $999$250 - $499$100 - $249$50 - $99Join us by returning the enclosed envelope today, or look for the link on our home page at the Weeks Bay Foundation today!

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Saving the Orchids!7From 2003 to 2017, the Weeks Bay Foundaon acquired 39 acres of indi-vidual parcels on Fish River in the Weeks Bay Watershed through donaons and purchases. The Foundaon named the collecon of parcels Juniper Preserve and put into place a habitat restoraon and management plan to protect ecological-ly sensive property—high-quality wetlands in an undisturbed state. The Foundaon’s management plan has included a prescribed burn program for the original donaon known as the Juniper Bog and maintenance of the wet-ter poron, including the river lots, in their present condion. An all-volunteer group—“Bog Troers”—are the primary caretakers of Juniper Bog, and their dedicaon has paid o in dividends (or blooms, as the case may be)!Today, several variees of pitcher plants bloom in abundance starng in early spring, but the other showstopper, a healthy populaon of white-fringed orchids, has grown exponenally since the Bog Troers rst started counng them annually. “The orchids bloom in August,” Je Davies, a member of The Bog Troers (pictured below) said. “It’s become an annual tradion to conduct a count. We view it as a barometer to indicate how we are doing in our management. The average peak bloom is in mid to late August.”Rick Wallace, another Bog Troer and former Weeks Bay Foundaon board member, keeps accurate records of the orchid counts and documents the blooms with photos. In 2006, Bill Summerour and Fred Naon did the rst orchid count and counted 20 orchids. The highest number since that me was in 2016 when they counted 1,385! The white fringed orchid, Platanthera conspicua, is considered to be extremely rare in Alabama, with ve or fewer sites in the state. The more than 800 orchids currently in the Juniper Bog represent the only populaon ever documented in Baldwin County. The number of orchids seems to have stabilized since the rapid increase in the early years due to management eorts, including burning, hand clearing, and expanding the unforested area of the bog. We look forward to sharing the count and photos from the 2020 white-fringed orchid count with you!

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8We hope this issue of Pelican Post nds you taking full advantage of the abundant natural resources of the Alabama Gulf Coast. During this period of signicant change, it seems that a happy by-product of the COVID-19 pandem-ic has been a renewed interest and desire amongst the public to visit natural areas, as evidenced by the increase in boat trac at our local launches. While the past few months have tested the resilience and adaptaon skills of the sta at the Weeks Bay Reserve, we have done our best to stay true to our mission. As we have entered into the uncharted waters of social distancing, telecommung, and providing distance educaon, we have strived to provide a much-needed escape for residents and visitors looking to stretch their legs in the pine savannas and bogs by keeping our trails and outdoor access areas open to the public during these uncertain mes. The Reserve has also undergone a signicant stang change as we congrat-ulate long-me Reserve Manager L.G. Adams on his rerement aer 34 years of service to the State of Alabama. During his 25 years as Reserve Manager, L.G. built a program that promotes stewardship of coastal resources to visitors of all ages. He leaves behind an impressive resume of accomplishments and partnerships that have set the Reserve on a rm foundaon and have inuenced coastal conserva-on well beyond our boundaries. L.G.’s devoon to the place and the mission of the Reserve sets a high mark that we should all strive to work toward. While we are on the topic of change, many of you likely no-ced the large prescribed re conducted near the Reserve Visitor Center at the beginning of June. Reserve sta, with assistance from addional ADCNR State Lands Division personnel, burned more than 200 acres of wet pine savanna habitat to reduce shrubs and mid-story trees and allow more sunlight to reach the forest oor. This growing-season re was intended to mimic the natural res that have shaped our southern landscape for millennia. Watching the forest regenerate from the ashes has been catharc and pro-vides a strong reminder of the resilience of nature and the power of humans to eect posive change in the natural world around us through sound management and wise stewardship. We welcome you to visit the trails at the Reserve and witness the rebirth for yourself. Greetings from the Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve By Will Underwood, ADCNR State Lands Coastal Secon Administrator and acng WBR Manager

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9 Our Supporters Feb. 2020 to June. 2020ANNUAL MEMBERSSUSTAINER$1000 - $4999Steve and Lynn FunchessAlan GoldbergMonroe and Katherine JonesMichael McKownMichael and Margaret NeelySTEWARD$500 - $999Ted and Becky BenderDavid and Elaine DelaneyFred and Debbie DiegmannDykes Veterinary ClinicEdward IngeKelly Builders, Inc.Jay and Gena TodiaSUPPORTER$250 - $499BlueFish Medical, LLCMike and Renee BookerJohn CarltonDoug and Jo HarrellMichael and Celia DelaneyEscambia Sand & Gravel Company, Inc.Flowerwood Nursery, Inc.Bill and Elizabeth Higginbotham FoundationWilliam and Allison HixsonRichard HollandIckes Tree ServiceJ. Tunstall Inge, Sr.Claire R. KlyceKenny and Martha MuscatCraig NelsonPhil Norris and Susan GodwinTrey and Stephanie PluschtThomas TonsmeireCelia WallaceDr. and Mrs. Thomas YanceyFRIEND$100 - $249Thomas Arrington and Margot CaldwellChris and Karen BaileyOwen and Genie BaileyAnn BedsoleBob and Mary BenderClarence and Sandra BishopLouis and Moren BraswellEric and Christine BrunnerBob and Cathy BurkeyRobin CarpenterDavid and Sally CarringtonAndrew CarrollFrank and Teresa ChaseAllan and Nancy ChasonPater and Kara CoatsLeslie ColglazierWalter M. CookSam and Ann CrosbyJ. Kenny Crow, Jr.Alan and Debbie CurtisMichael and Choo Choo DavisAmy DelaplaineVera DouglasDavid and Kerry EllisLee FaulkCarl and Gayle FloydElizabeth FoxSherry Stimpson Frost PhotographyChris and Laura GamardElizabeth GilbreathGene and Katherine HagedornDr. and Mrs. James M. HarrisonThomas and Sheri HewittHelen HicksFred and Becky HillJoe and Karen HocklanderChuck HuguleyBill and Annie IngeBrooke and Chuck KellyWalter Kirkland and Judy CulbrethKittrell’s Daydream, LLCTerrence KnightSally LocklearJohn McClellandTrip and Lucy McVayRed and Helen MoffatVan and Cellie MorganLarry and Linda MurrayCarlton and Judy NiemeyerMark and Nancy OehlerSteve and Sharon OlenPaul and Susan PaceyLeanne PearsonAnne PearsonJohn PickronMr. and Mrs. Erling Riis IIIRichard and Kathy RobertsDavid and Ginny RussellAndrew and Elise SaundersMr. and Mrs. Howard M. Schramm, Jr.Peter Soukup and Barbara ComstockFred StimpsonGreg and Jennifer StrachanHarvey and Lynne SwitzkyElizabeth TonsmeireSuzanne TorbertLloyd and Beth TurnerBeth WalmsleyFRIEND$50 - $99Carl and Jewel AllenEmmett and Suzanne CardenDick and Joan CaseyDan ChatwoodRussell ChristieRev. Adrian CookMarion DyasVan and Mary FingerLiisa J. FlournoyCarol GengoDavid GreenePatrick GuyClara HeilmeierMike and Eva JordanJacque JuvenalCaterina KenworthyJason and Sarah LasourceMajor Oil Company, Inc - Ben and Jo McNeillSteve and Jo MastersElla BradleyRichard McBroomDr. Charles A. McCallumRichard and Marilyn MeyerRichard and Marilyn Meyer Jr.Lin MooreMaggie MostellerNancy MyrickGeorge NelsonTerry O’ConnorCharles and Lucia PartinSarrah RankinBill RayTim and Sandy RussellEthan SalsitzRolland ShickSherry SullivanLee SwetmanJohn and Ginger TaylorJim and Donna TurbyllIvan and Rosella TurnerGreg and Linda WaselkovJames and Kathie WhitsonRobert WiltersMONTHLY MEMBERSConnie BaggettGeorge BaileyJared BusenKaren ChiassonSuzanne CorringtonMike and Amy DePriestPoppi DeytonJohn and Kim EstesSandy GeddesYael Girard

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10Mike and Carol GordonMike and Trish HowellRodney and Mary Katherine KilgoreHousten and GiGi LottPaul and Rachel MarckinoLuanne MatsonHayley MaulsbyBert and Pris MillingEdward PanacekMelissa PershinaNanette PeturisJeff and Donyale RawsonRandy and Kay RoachJohn Craig ShawJudy StoutBetty SuddethElizabeth WalkerWilliam WallaceLundy WilderQUARTERLY MEMBERSMac and Michelle TonsmeireGENERAL DONATIONS$96,440Jean C. Lawrence Estate$5000The Norma and Duane Benton Charitable Fund$500 - $1000Suzanne CorringtonNan H. Altmayer Charitable TrustTarget Circle - The Good Coin FoundationMac and Gina Walcott$250 - $499Jay and Gena TodiaJohn and Celia BaehrTonsmeire Charitable FoundationWalmart Foundation$100 - $249Alexander A. BertollaMark and Beth CalamettiDavid and Sally CarringtonFrank and Teresa ChaseShelley CroomsDavid and Elaine DelaneyBarry FletcherJanet FooteBill FullerSandy GeddesAlan GoldbergJack and Marjorie GraceFred and Rebecca HillDenise KaufmanMatt and Kristin KoppenIngrid LyborgJimbo MeadorGayle MitchellKen NiemeyerKit RobinsonJeremy TaylorJohn and Virginia TaylorDavid and Kim TurnerLisa VolentineJames and Kathie Whitsonup to $99AnonymousPeggy BielbyGale BrogdenEric and Christine BrunnerMary CalvinPam ChasePeter and Kara CoatsRob ConstantineGordon and Pat CooperDanielle and Noble DavidsonDavid and Elaine DelaneyMike and Amy DePriestHenry DouglasDouglas and Jan PruittJanna ElingJohn and Kim EstesMarvin FittsBarry FletcherLaura FlowersElizabeth FoxMike and Carol GordonPhil GurvitzPhyllis HicksFred and Rebecca HillJames and Shelley HoodMike and Trish HowellSkip and Barbara JonesDenise KaufmanKittrell’s Daydream ApiaryJason and Sarah LasourceEleanora MauritsonAnn McDonaldMichael McKownAlison MooreTom MooreMichael and Margaret NeelyCraig NelsonPaul and Susan PaceyJeff and Donyale RawsonRolland ShickSharon SimkinsEvan StanleyMichele StapletonCraig and Sandy Stepan Our Supporters continuedJames and Kathie WhitsonMATCHING GIFTSBank of America Charitable FoundationSPRING APPEAL - THE DANIEL FOUNDATION OF ALABAMA MATCHING GIFTS$3000 and aboveGaye Lindsey$1,000 to $2,999Cunningham Delaney Construction, LLCSteve and Lynn FunchessRussell Thompson Butler & Houston, LLPSouth Baldwin Family Practice LLCRick and Susie Wallace$500 to $999Joy AtchisonSuzanne CorringtonDuncan GreenwoodDJ JohnsonMichael and Debbie QuinnBen and Miranda SchrubbeJay and Gena Todia$250 to $499Joe and Kristin BabingtonDavid and Elaine DelaneyEcoSolutions, Inc.Flowerwood Nursery, Inc.Hellmich Electric, Inc.Richard HollandGreer RadcliffLynn and Cori Yonge$100 to $249AnonymousArendall Enterprises, Inc.Avizo Group, Inc.Kevin and Karen BooneAllan and Nancy ChasonGordon and Pat CooperJoe and Norma DavisGayle DearmanJolane EdwardsElizabeth FoxCharles and Shaleen FreemanNick and Kathie GillMike and Carol GordonIckes Tree ServiceBill and Becky JonesJohn KoniarJohn LewisRobert and Weezer LucassenDan and Marla LumpkinEleanora MauritsonRichard McBroom

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11McCallum Charitable Foundation, Inc.Richard and Marilyn MeyerBrian and Charlotte NaylorEdward PanacekBarbara and John PryorMr. and Mrs. Erling Riis IIIDaniel and Susan SchambeauGus and Teresa SmithFred StimpsonKeith TalbertBob and Renee TaylorConan and Mary Ann TerrellMike and Joanne WernethJohnny WiseDiana YeagerUp to $99Carl and Jewel AllenClarence and Zetty BauerJoanne BrandtDr. and Mrs. Galen BreyJerry CurranCraig and Gabriele DarchCary DeShawLes and Martha FarmerJames and Rhoda Horton, Jr.Jeff and Kathy HostermanJohn and Amanda HouserBetty HuffSkip and Barbara JonesNadine and Judy LovellAnn MontgomeryAlison MooreCynthia “Maggie” MostellerPaul J. NagerSteve and Sharon OlenPaul and Susan PaceyWalter and Virginia PetteyMarion and Jamie QuinaBill and Sarah SchemmerLillian SchubertJohn Craig ShawSandy and Sallie SmithCurt and Mary Jane WilsonALABAMA COASTAL BIRDFEST$1,000 to $2,500City of Gulf ShoresVolkert, Inc.$250 to $999BBVA CompassMobile Bay National Estuary ProgramTown of Dauphin IslandTown of Magnolia SpringsTRIBUTE GIFTS In Honor of Ellis and Katherine Allen, and Diana Brewer Mary McGowinIn Honor of Gary and Margo Fant Lacie MaynardIn Honor of Yael Girard Dale Emge and Kristin Koppen Family Foundation, a Donor Advised Fund of The U.S. Charitable Gift TrustIn Honor of Skipper Tonsmeire Red and Helen MoffatIn Memory of Bill Penry Al and Bonnie Weeks Leslie WeeksIn Memory of Billy Schmidt Sherri Williams - Red or White WineIn Memory of Carey Bentley Brenda Davis Jim and Lynne Parker William and Alida Given IIIIn Memory of Jack Edwards Jim and Teresa ErvinIn Memory of Joy S. Kamins Jody HarperIn Memory of Margaret Baldwin Murray Lee FaulkPARTNERS Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources Baldwin County Soil and Water Conservation District Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. EPA Gulf of Mexico Program GulfCorps Land Trust Alliance Mobile Bay National Estuary Program National Estuarine Research Reserve Association National Fish and Wildlife Foundation National Oceanic and Atmospheric AdministrationNatural Resource Damage and Assessment Partnership for Gulf Coast Land Conservation The Conservation Fund U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Weeks Bay Volunteers

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Promethea Silkmoth CaterpillarsPhoto by Kathy HicksNon-Prot Org. U.S. PostagePAIDFairhope, AL Permit #5511401 US Highway 98Fairhope, Alabama 36532(251)“Life is a great adventure…accept it in such a spirit.” - Theodore RooseveltWeeks Bay Foundation122020 Alabama Coastal 2020 Alabama Coastal BirdFest cancelledBirdFest cancelledWith much sadness, the Weeks Bay Foundaon, sponsor of the Alabama Coastal BirdFest, has made the decision to cancel the 2020 BirdFest due to COVID-19. As BirdFest aracts people from all over the country and abroad, organizers felt it was not in the best interest of parcipants to proceed with the 2020 events.The cancellaon of the four-day BirdFest, which includes guided birding expedions, speakers, photogra-phy classes, and more, also includes the cancellaon of the Bird & Conservaon Expo, which otherwise takes place on the Saturday of BirdFest at the Halstead Amphitheater on the campus of Coastal Alabama Commu-nity College in Fairhope.Alabama Coastal BirdFest is one of the Foundaon’s two major fundraisers. The other event, Bald Eagle Bash, was cancelled in April of this year. On the brighter side, Doug Phillips, creator and host of the Alabama Public Television series Discovering Alabama, will create a video this year tled “Alabama BirdFest/Birding Trail” to highlight the importance and uniqueness of BirdFest, the ecological signicance of Alabama’s coastal area, the diversity of birds, and the wonders of birding in Alabama. The program will showcase birding experiences oered via the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, as well as interviews with birding experts and enthusiasts, and representaves from the Weeks Bay Foundaon who are involved in promong birding and wildlife habitat conservaon. When completed, the video will be available on the Discovering Alabama and Weeks Bay Foundaon websites. The Foundaon will also distribute a link to the video via email. Mark your calendar for the 2021 Alabama Coastal BirdFest: Oct. 6-9, 2021!