Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources
The Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Alabama provides habitat for many fish species as well as almost 350 species of birds. The Reserve conducts research, monitoring, education, and outreach to protect its own estuary and others nationwide. It is made up of more than 6,000 acres of tidal and forested wetlands within an estuary that receives freshwater from both the Fish and Magnolia Rivers.
Latest News from the Weeks Bay Reserve
While summer here at the NERRA “office” was great, we’re more than a little jealous of the Rookery Bay Research Reserve’s education team, who logged a six day road trip to three other Reserves along the Gulf of Mexico.
Protecting an estuary in a rapidly developing coastal area is like putting together a jigsaw puzzle when the pieces are changing shape. Sound impossible? When you live in Alabama’s fastest growing county, it’s a challenge you get used to.
This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov zoomed to Alabama to talk with Angela Underwood, education coordinator at the Weeks Bay Reserve, about BIOdiversity and equity, remote estuary education, and joining the secret society of the Jubilee.