It’s hard to believe it’s only two months after March day! We send an immense “Thank You” to all the photographers who shared their work with us!
We are pleased to announce a late-breaking addition to our speaker lineup: Bill Finch. Bill is an award winning writer, a botanist and natural historian, and a specialist in landscape interpretation and restoration. His garden columns and environmental reporting have been recognized nationally, his weekly radio and television programs have a large following along the Gulf Coast, and his educational programs at Mobile Botanical Gardens draw enthusiastic crowds. His book Longleaf, Far as the Eye Can See is now in its second printing. Bill is a Senior Fellow for The Ocean Foundation and still serves as chief science advisor for the Mobile Botanical Gardens, where he was formerly the executive director. He has also served as Conservation Director for The Nature Conservancy of Alabama. Through his consulting business, Earthword Services, Bill is increasingly focusing his skills and efforts on large-scale landscape conservation and restoration efforts, in coordination with the E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and the Ocean Foundation.
The March for Science in Mobile will start in less than 24 hours!
Check out our March Day Tips for what you need to know about the event.
We will have some pre-made signs on hand for those who come without.
If you have any other questions let us know and we’ll do our best to answer!
Due to a last-minute engagement, Roberta Swann, Director of Mobile Bay National Estuary Program (MBNEP) will be unable to join us this weekend. However, we are pleased to announce that Watershed Protection Coordinator Tom Herder will be speaking in her place! Now in his 11th year at MBNEP, Tom is a Marine veteran with Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Marine Biology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Having completed coursework towards a PhD in Zoology from the University of Florida, he has a strong science background, particularly in estuarine biology. He went to work for the NEP after leaving a twenty-year career as a competitive swim coach. He and his wife, Rhoda Vanderhart, a nurse at Mobile Infirmary, live in a midtown Mobile with two Australian Shepherds, three parrots, and a tank of community fish. Herder’s passion is surfing, which he’s been learning for 46 years.
We have three sign making events scheduled this week, and we know other people are planning their own!
There will be some supplies on hand, but it is helpful to bring your own.
See our Sign-Making Guide for tips and slogan suggestions! The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS, publishers of Science) has some sign resources as well.
We are pleased to announce Kara Gadeken as one of our event speakers. She is a marine ecology Ph.D. student at the University of South Alabama and works at the Dauphin Island Sea Lab. Originally from Northern Virginia, Kara graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2014 with degrees in Biology and Marine Science, and she aspires to a career in marine ecological research. Her current doctoral research focuses on discovering how organisms that live in marine sediments respond to rapid, frequent changes in the water’s oxygen levels, a common phenomenon in shallow coastal waters.
We visited Fox’s Studio 10 this morning to spread the word about the March for Science!
For those of you planning to host your own poster parties, please see this March for Science Mobile Sign Making Guide we’ve put together based on materials distributed by national march leadership. Lots of slogan ideas!
Tom Ward is chair of the History Department at Spring Hill College where he teaches a variety of courses in American history, including American Environmental History. A native of Annapolis, Maryland, Dr. Ward received his education at Hampden-Sydney College (B.A., 1991), Clemson University (M.A., 1993), and the University of Southern Mississippi (Ph.D., 1999). He has written a number of articles on African-American history and the history of medicine, including Black Physicians in the Jim Crow South (University of Arkansas Press, 2003), and his most recent work, Out in the Rural: A Mississippi Health Center and its War on Poverty (Oxford University Press, 2017). He has also served for a number of years on the board of the Alabama Coastal Foundation, which is dedicated to improving and protecting Alabama’s coastal environment through cooperation, education, and participation, including four years as board president.
After our event concludes at noon on the 22nd, you can make your way across the bay to the Earth Day festivities in Fairhope! Earth Day Mobile Bay continues until 6pm with earth-friendly exhibitors, live music, an environmental film fest, and more. Admission is FREE! Check their website and event page for a complete schedule of activities.
March for Science Mobile will be Facebook Live Streaming our event at Earth Day Mobile Bay, so if you can’t join us in Mobile, try stopping by our booth to take a look. After the March, we’ll have volunteers there to talk about the March for Science mission.