E.O. Wilson agrees the Mobile-Tensaw Delta of Southern Alabama is “America’s Amazon.”
Bill Finch, Principal Conservation Science Advisor to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project participated in “Sharing Stories: The Diversity, Ecology, and History of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta” online conference Thursday, April 22nd, 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm. Dr. Finch spoke alongside the Director of Historic Blakeley State Park, Mike Bunn, and Honors College of University of Alabama students, Ruby Staten and Lex McKinnell.
The Honors College has collected oral histories from current and former residents of the greater Mobile-Tensaw Delta, particularly Blakeley Bluff in Spanish Fort. These narratives will be shared through a public conversation with the community by way of this online conference. Our hope is not only to share stories and imbue curiosity, but also to create what philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah calls an “endless shared conversation of friendship” that cultivates a foundation for social and cultural understanding across our varied heritages, cultures, and experiences.
About Bill Finch, Principal Conservation Science Advisor to E.O. Wilson Biodiversity Foundation and Half-Earth Project, Executive Director – Paint Rock Forest Research Center:
Bill Finch works to address conservation issues throughout the southeastern United States, including the creation of a Mobile-Tensaw Delta national park unit in Alabama. Bill was formerly the conservation director for The Nature Conservancy’s Alabama office, director of the Mobile Botanical Gardens, and a managing editor with the Mobile Press-Register. Bill is the author of Longleaf, Far As the Eye Can See, and is a well-known regional writer and media host. He has received numerous regional and national awards for his writing on conservation and environmental issues.