We are sad to report the loss of one of our AWW family of volunteer monitors, Mr. Gary Collins from Talladega, Alabama. Gary passed away the morning of Friday, October 9th, 2015 on his way to work on his motorcycle when someone pulled out in front of him.
Mike has been a strong supporter of Alabama Water Watch for many years, and serves as an AWW Association Board member, an AWW water monitor and an AWW volunteer trainer!
Let’s get to know Mike a bit better:
1. Tell us about yourself – where you live, favorite waterbody, job/field, pastimes:
Live: Auburn, AL; Job/Field: Environmental Management, Compliance, and Mitigation at Auburn University; Bio: Originally from Easley, South Carolina (Home of the Green Wave) where I was involved in the outdoors from as far back as I can remember. Spent a lot of my childhood on Lake Hartwell with my grandfather or my parents and never met a creek I didn’t like. I have always been attracted to water and the inhabitants within. I have served the public for most of my adult life including 4 years in the US Army (Communications) and 6 years in the US Coast Guard Res./Aux. (Marine Security/Environmental) along with stints as a Paramedic, Law Enforcement Officer and the Fire Department (HAZMAT TEAM). I’ve been on staff at Auburn University since April of 2006. I’ve been married to my lovely wife Amy for 22 years and have two fabulous daughters Rebecca, 20, and Julie, 16. Continue reading
Alabama Water Watch and Wolf Bay Watershed Watch (WBWW) were showcased in the Ecological Society of America’s publication Issues in Ecology – Investing in Citizen Science Can Improve Natural Resource Management and Environmental Protection.
Two Alabama Water Watch volunteer monitors, Beth Prior (Auburn High School student) and Sydney Smith (AU student), have compiled various forms of data about Parkerson Mill Creek on Auburn University’s campus, with the goal of highlighting negative impacts on the stream and encouraging landscape managers to address them.
Mike Shelton works as Coastal Training Program Coordinator at the beautiful Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve near Fairhope, Alabama. He has introduced thousands of folks, youth and adults, to the wonders of coastal Alabama, and in the process has instilled in them a great appreciation for our state’s precious and abundant biodiversity.
In his spare time, Mike has been serving as a Trainer-Extraordinaire with Alabama Water Watch. In the past 15 years, he as conducted 91 AWW workshops (Water Chemistry Monitoring workshops, Bacteriological Monitoring workshops, Stream Biomonitoring workshops, Water Monitor Recertification workshops, and AWW Train-the-Trainer workshops), certifying or recertifying 595 folks in the process – WOW! Continue reading
Taylor Steele has a long career in environmental education and public outreach, and currently serves as Volunteer Coordinator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Prior to that, he served as the resident manager for Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in the Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College for three years. Before that he was the Director of Science Education for five years at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. In addition, he previously worked at McWane Science Center with the GLOBE Program as the Environmental Science Coordinator. Taylor has also served as a naturalist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources State Parks Division. He has an academic background in Environmental/ Conservation Studies from University of Alabama at Birmingham.