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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
2Execuve DirectorDaniel Foundaon MatchBlue MislowerCoastal Habitat ProtectedMeet Darrel Williams Jean Lawrence LegacyVirtual Summerme 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 LoLesley PaceyMary Jane RuchLouis G. (Buddy) RussellSkipper TonsmeireGina Walco Leslie G. WeeksJulie Wiggins, DNP, PNP, PMHSExecuve DirectorConnie WhitakerOur mission is to protect land and promote environmental educaon in south Alabama so current and future residents can enjoy clean water and the marine life, wildlife, and outdoor recreaon that dene 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 conducng annual monitoring visits on protected Foundaon properes, or evaluang properes for future conservaon. I never know what I might nd –acve burrows of gopher tortoises, small criers and birds, or perhaps their skeletal remains! It’s also a treat to see the eects 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-taines in our world these days, we can connue 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 Foundaon has connued 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 idencaon hikes, nature and bird-watching walks ,and more! Keep an eye on our social media outlets, quarterly newsleer and e-newsleers for future details.It is not only our mission to protect land, but to provide environmental educaon and create outdoor experiences for the community to enjoy. No maer 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 connued to step up and support our eorts - 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
Match met! Thank you to all who gave In late April, The Daniel Foundaon 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 Foundaon would match it dollar for dollar. Thanks to our generous supporters, we met that match and then some!With the cancellaon of Bald Eagle Bash, the Foundaon’s biggest fundraiser, the challenge grant and subse-quent gis have been a tremendous help during this dicult me. While sta has worked diligently to manage expenses, the work to protect and manage properes and to connue moving forward with land transacons in progress has not slowed down.The Daniel Foundaon of Alabama, founded in 1978 by Hugh Daniel, of Birmingham, states that its mission is to “strengthen communies within Alabama and improve the quality of life for cizens from all regions of Alabama. We believe this can be achieved through support of eecve organizaons that are focused on building a healthy and well-educated populaon, living in a vibrant community.”“Weeks Bay Foundaon has been a recipient of grants from The Daniel Foundaon 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 contribuons to the community, Mr. Daniel replied, ‘It is one’s calling to be a part – to parcipate.’ We are proud to be one of the many organizaons in Alabama that are recipients of his generosity and philosophy.”Allen said the Foundaon also owes a debt of gratude 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 connues today.”3Blue Mistower Conoclinium coelestinum--Fred NationWhen we think of sunowers, 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 oer, including owers of literally every color in the rainbow. One especially handsome sunower relave is our nave Blue Mislower. The blooms range in color from sky blue to lavender, with masses of showy owers that begin in July and connue into November.Blue Mislower plants are herbaceous (non-woody) perenni-als, up to about four feet high. The triangular leaves, somemes 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 poed stock from nurseries or nave-plant sales. Mislowers are among the easiest wildowers to grow as aracve, trouble-free bedding plants. They will benet 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 tradional medicine praconers for centuries. For example, a poulce made from Blue Mislower leaves has been used to treat infecons. 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 Mislowers are aracve to bees, moths, and a few desirable bueries, including buckeyes, sulphurs, and monarchs. When they are grown together with our nave yellow sunowers, the color combinaon is beauful, and the bueries will come--guaranteed!
4Thanks to a conservaon easement (CE) agreement between the City of Gulf Shores and the Weeks Bay Foundaon, 836 acres of diverse habitat in coastal Alabama will be restored and protected forever. With funding from the Naonal Fish and Wildlife Foundaon (NFWF) Gulf Environmental Benet 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 Foundaon.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 commied to protecng crical habitat,” Dan Bond, environmental/grants coordinator for the City of Gulf Shores said. “This wetland conservaon project is a great way to protect the environment for years to come. We are pleased to work with the Weeks Bay Foundaon and NFWF to get this project done.”The dal marshes, marime forests, and freshwater swamps in this area are important habitat for many signicant 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 shellsh and nsh, and play a crucial role in the water quality and ecological funcon of the Oyster Bay, Bon Secour and Lile Lagoon watersheds.In addion to protecng the property from future development, the conservaon 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 connues to develop, the pressure to convert remaining natural areas will connue,” Connie Whitaker, execuve director of the Weeks Bay Foundaon said. “We highly commend Mayor Robert Cra and the City of Gulf Shores for protecng these important parcels. The ecological benets, as well as the health and wellbeing of those impacted by a clean water supply and protecon from excessive ooding and stormwater, are immeasurable.” Gena Todia, president of Wetland Resources Environmental Con-sulng, said that protecon of this land from acvies such as clear cung of mber and development for residenal and commercial use are important in the process of maintaining natural areas that provide habitat for wildlife and certain benets that are important to humans.The habitat management plan for the properes, developed by Volkert, Inc., includes controlling the invasive plants and prescribed burning, which plays an important role in the restoraon of nave plants and improving wildlife habitat.Some of the wildlife that could potenally 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 reintroducon of re and control of invasive exoc species, habitat quality can be greatly improved over me,” Todia said.The acquision and protecon of these properes also expands exisng preserved lands, including an adjacent unit of the Bon Secour Naonal Wildlife Refuge and other city and county-owned conservaon lands.Saving clean water, habitat, and commercially-important sh nurseries in Gulf Shores
5Weeks Bay Foundaon’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 compleng a four-year engineering apprenceship 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 Foundaon’s intern, Williams is conducng monitoring visits on Weeks Bay properes and wring the corresponding reports for land trust accreditaon, working with contractors that will do restoraon work on Weeks Bay properes, and developing a program under which future interns will work.Williams said his lifelong passion for nature and a fascinaon 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 graduaon hopes to get involved in restoraon ecology and land management projects. From England to Weeks Bay—meet Darrel WilliamsJean Lawrence leaves a lasting legacyJean Lawrence, a nave 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 addion to a handful of other charies and organizaons, Mrs. Lawrence named the Weeks Bay Foun-daon in her estate with a $96,440 gi.Jean was preceded in death by her husband, Ed, and according to informaon pro-vided by her estate, “what they valued most in their lives were art, nature, educaon, 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 educaon from Northern Illinois University. She worked as an art therapist for 11 years in Illinois and then studied at the School of the Art Instute 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 condence in the Weeks Bay Foundaon to protect and conserve nature in this area, one of her loves,” Connie Whitaker, execuve director said. “We are working on a way to memorialize Jean so that others will know of her generosity.”In her wrings, 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 connues 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 painngs were of two types, both emanang 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 painngs 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 painngs of wetlands were shown at the opening recepon of the Earth Maers Environmental Resource Collecon at the Daphne Public Library in 2003, and at the opening recepon for Five Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort.
6With the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Weeks Bay Reserve’s Educaon Team made adjustments this summer to connue providing K-12 and adult educaon programs virtually.Angela Underwood and Clara Zubrick, with the help of other sta, developed a virtual Summerme Series that included a weekly, na-ture-based Story Time, with associated acvies 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 Scienst, brief, aernoon 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 dierent impacts that human popula-ons have on the health and stability of coastal plant and animal communies. Educaon sta compiled curricula to go along with the virtual eld trips for teachers to use.“What a magnicent 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 acvies can be found on the Reserve’s Facebook page and/or YouTube channel, or by con-tacng the Reserve at (251)928-9792 or Clara.Zubrick@DCNR.Alabama.gov.Virtual 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 weeksbay.org.Join the Weeks Bay Foundation today!
Saving the Orchids!7From 2003 to 2017, the Weeks Bay Foundaon acquired 39 acres of indi-vidual parcels on Fish River in the Weeks Bay Watershed through donaons and purchases. The Foundaon named the collecon of parcels Juniper Preserve and put into place a habitat restoraon and management plan to protect ecological-ly sensive property—high-quality wetlands in an undisturbed state. The Foundaon’s management plan has included a prescribed burn program for the original donaon known as the Juniper Bog and maintenance of the wet-ter poron, including the river lots, in their present condion. An all-volunteer group—“Bog Troers”—are the primary caretakers of Juniper Bog, and their dedicaon has paid o in dividends (or blooms, as the case may be)!Today, several variees of pitcher plants bloom in abundance starng in early spring, but the other showstopper, a healthy populaon of white-fringed orchids, has grown exponenally since the Bog Troers rst started counng them annually. “The orchids bloom in August,” Je Davies, a member of The Bog Troers (pictured below) said. “It’s become an annual tradion 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 Troer and former Weeks Bay Foundaon board member, keeps accurate records of the orchid counts and documents the blooms with photos. In 2006, Bill Summerour and Fred Naon 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 populaon ever documented in Baldwin County. The number of orchids seems to have stabilized since the rapid increase in the early years due to management eorts, 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!
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 signicant 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 trac at our local launches. While the past few months have tested the resilience and adaptaon 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, telecommung, and providing distance educaon, 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 signicant stang change as we congrat-ulate long-me Reserve Manager L.G. Adams on his rerement aer 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 foundaon and have inuenced coastal conserva-on well beyond our boundaries. L.G.’s devoon 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 addional 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 catharc and pro-vides a strong reminder of the resilience of nature and the power of humans to eect posive 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 Secon Administrator and acng WBR Manager
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Promethea Silkmoth CaterpillarsPhoto by Kathy HicksNon-Prot Org. U.S. PostagePAIDFairhope, AL Permit #5511401 US Highway 98Fairhope, Alabama 36532(251) 990-5004www.weeksbay.org“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 Foundaon, sponsor of the Alabama Coastal BirdFest, has made the decision to cancel the 2020 BirdFest due to COVID-19. As BirdFest aracts people from all over the country and abroad, organizers felt it was not in the best interest of parcipants to proceed with the 2020 events.The cancellaon of the four-day BirdFest, which includes guided birding expedions, speakers, photogra-phy classes, and more, also includes the cancellaon of the Bird & Conservaon 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 Foundaon’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 signicance of Alabama’s coastal area, the diversity of birds, and the wonders of birding in Alabama. The program will showcase birding experiences oered via the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, as well as interviews with birding experts and enthusiasts, and representaves from the Weeks Bay Foundaon who are involved in promong birding and wildlife habitat conservaon. When completed, the video will be available on the Discovering Alabama and Weeks Bay Foundaon websites. The Foundaon will also distribute a link to the video via email. Mark your calendar for the 2021 Alabama Coastal BirdFest: Oct. 6-9, 2021!