FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
DATE: August 25, 2023
FLAGG MOUNTAIN OFFERS “BIRDS, BEATS AND BACH” IN SEPTEMBER
On Sunday, Sept. 24, Flagg Mountain will host a special program showcasing Alabama musicians and experts in conversation about the mountain’s ecology and natural history. “Birds, Beats and Bach” offers entertainment and education on Alabama’s “first mountain.”
Musicians stationed at four sites around the top of Weogufka State Forest’s Flagg Mountain will perform works from the classical repertoire and original compositions as visitors stroll between stations. Experts from Alabama Audubon, the Alabama Trails Foundation and the Alabama Forestry Commission will be on hand to share information about the natural history of the mountain and Eastern Alabama, including Montane longleaf pines and the mountain’s diverse bird and plant species.
“We hope ‘Birds, Beats and Bach’ will introduce more people to Flagg Mountain,” says Cindy Ragland, executive director of the Alabama Trails Foundation, one of the event co-sponsors. “The beauty and diversity of the mountain makes it a special and valuable place in our state, and we hope this program brings new and returning visitors to experience it.”
Two 45-minute sessions, one at 2 PM and one at 3 PM, will be offered on the 24th. The program is free thanks to generous support from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, but registration is required and is limited to 50 for each session. To register, visit alabamatrailsfoundation.org/bbb23 Information about parking, handicap accessibility and other details will be provided with registration. In case of rain, the program will be rescheduled to Oct. 22.
Performers include Meg Ford, a classical violinist who has worked with Alabama Audubon and WILD Alabama and is now with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham; Haleigh Black and Davis Little, a violin and acoustic guitar duo whose work explores the intersection of art and nature; and Iron Giant, a four-member percussion group known for its original compositions.
Naturalists include Alabama Audubon’s executive director Scot Duncan and programs coordinator Andrew Lydeard. Duncan is the author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, an award-winning book that explores and celebrates the state’s remarkable environment and diversity.
Weogufka State Forest is located in Coosa County. Flagg Mountain is the first mountain of more than 1000 feet in the Appalachian Trail system and mile one of the Pinhoti Trail. At its top is a newly restored 1930s Civilian Conservation Corps fire tower. Montane longleaf pines, many species of birds and breathtaking views of surrounding counties are among Flagg Mountain’s treasures.
For more information about Flagg Mountain, visit https://forestry.alabama.gov/Pages/Management/WeogufkaSF.aspx.
“Birds, Beats and Bach” Presenters
Meg Ford is a classically trained violinist originally from Birmingham, AL. She graduated from The Alabama School of Fine Art and majored in Music Composition at Birmingham Southern College where she majored in Music Composition. She has worked with Alabama Audubon and WILD Alabama and currently serves with the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.
Haleigh Black and Davis Little are an acoustic guitar and violin duo who have recently returned from their Scotland and Ireland tour. Their music is inspired by diverse musical genres and cultures around the world.
Iron Giant is a contemporary music collective based in Birmingham and featuring multi-instrumentalists Sam Herman, Betty Huffman, Seth Noble, and Justice Wallace. Established in 2011, the ensemble has performed with Glenn Kotche of Wilco, Norman Westberg of Swans, and others. Their eclectic vocabulary includes chamber music, ambient, and post-rock as well as meditative improvisation.
Natural History Presenters
R. Scot Duncan, executive director of Alabama Audubon, is also author of and author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, an award-winning book that explores and celebrates the state’s remarkable environment and diversity.
Andrew Lydeard, programs coordinator at Alabama Audubon, is a naturalist, ecologist, and biologist, as well as an avid nature photographer whose work can be seen at Andrew’s Bird Club.