Dart in for a Brew

 Support your Local Fish at Darter Phest, Thursday August 23rd 5-8pm @ the Good People Brewery

Birmingham’s endangered Watercress Darter – a small fish found only in central Alabama – is the centerpiece of a new campaign from the Southern Environmental Center Junior Board and Good People Brewing. The new campaign will kick off with Darter Phest, a Phish-y fundraiser to be held at Good People’s brewery in downtown Birmingham (114 14th Street South).

The event, which will be Aug. 23 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., will include live music by local bands The Old Paints and Bob Marston. The event will also feature free hors d’oeuvres and fabulous door prizes. A percentage of all beer sales will go toward the cause of preserving the fish’s habitat and educating the public about its value.

In addition, Good People will unveil a specially-brewed beer called Darter Ale this fall; a percentage of all sales will go toward environmental education programs. The Junior Board will have an information table at the Phish concert scheduled for Aug. 24 at the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre.

The Watercress Darter is a small, endangered fish that lives only in a few springs in and around Jefferson County, Ala., some of which have come under pressure from pollution and other threats.  The Southern Environmental Center has developed several unique darter educational programs, including an EcoScape Outdoor Classroom around Seven Springs in the Birmingham neighborhood of Powderly, one of the darter’s remaining locations.

About the Southern Environmental Center:

The Southern Environmental Center (SEC) at Birmingham-Southern College is the largest educational facility of its kind in Alabama. Among its various efforts, the center has created 12 EcoScapes around metro Birmingham that use local art to illustrate organic gardening practices, provide a how-to overview for neighborhoods and schools interested in creating affordable nature centers and outdoor classrooms, and offer an oasis of natural beauty in our communities.

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