Discover local Birmingham critters at the 16th annual Salamander Festival on Jan. 25

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How sweet are these little salamanders? Photo via Friends of Shades Creek on Facebook

Salamanders. Newts. Fire Lizards. No matter what you call them, it’s time to celebrate these short-legged, sleek-bodied, long-tailed amphibians during the Salamander Festival on Saturday, January 25 at Shades Valley Community Church in Birmingham.

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Want to help Australian wildlife? Here’s how to do it in Birmingham

Months of massive brushfires have decimated human and wildlife habitats alike. Photo copyright Matthew Abbott, via World Wildlife Fund Australia

If you’ve tuned in to the news or internet lately, you’ve probably seen the terrible fires that have been ravaging Australia. Although it seems that some coverage has slacked off, the crisis is far from over. Here’s how you can help right here in Birmingham.

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Adopt, don’t shop! Rescue pups by breed in Alabama

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Pet adoption puts smiles like this on everyone’s face—human or doggo. Photo via Bama Bully Rescue on Facebook

New year, new pup! If you’re considering bringing a new furry friend into your home, rescuing an animal in Alabama is a wonderful way to do it. One misconception about becoming a rescue dog parent is that you can’t choose that one breed you really love. These breed-specific rescue organizations prove that idea wrong.

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Meet the new ancient shark species found in southern Alabama

McWane has a wonderful display of aquatic fossils that will soon include a new shark species. Photo via Trip Advisor submitted by AGM132019.

Excuse me while I geek out about Alabama geology but there was a major discovery in southern Alabama. Scientists found a new species of fossil shark! You’ll be able to check out this new discovery for yourself at McWane Science Center in early 2020.

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Found! 10 Baby Yoda lookalikes in Birmingham. Share yours and support a local nonprofit

As much as I wish we did, we don’t own the rights to Baby Yoda. All photos via Walt Disney Studios

Want a Baby Yoda of your very own, do you? Today is your lucky day.

Baby Yoda has taken the internet by storm, and we. can’t. get. enough. If you’re in the same boat, check out these 10 adoptable pets in the Birmingham area who bear a resemblance to our favorite little green dude. The best news? They’re all looking for a “furever” home!

BONUS: After you feast your eyes on these babies, share your own. We’re giving $100 in honor of Birmingham’s best. Find out how.

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What are native plants and why do they matter here in Birmingham?

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HICA volunteers weeded and planted in Ruffner Mountain’s bird habitat garden. Photo courtesy of Bob Farley

You might have heard talk about ’native’ plants. But, what are they and more importantly, why should you care? We’re going to take a look at these questions in this first of a three part series. I invite you to come along with me to explore.

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Green thumbs, hearts of gold. Meet the volunteers that keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens beautiful!

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Volunteers are an indispensable resource in fulfilling the Friends’ promise of protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of the Gardens. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Similar to most nonprofits, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is dependent upon volunteers and the work they do. The Friends honored volunteers this month at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

As Executive Director of the Friends—Tom Underwood—stated, just one person’s decision to volunteer helps build the network of community support that keeps the Gardens thriving.

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Want to clean up the planet? Start with the Birmingham area—here’s how.

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Leeds residents team up to pick up! Photo submitted

Listen up, litterbugs! We all know littering is not the best thing for the environment. In fact, it’s one of the worst things that we can do because of its far-reaching effects on many aspects of our lives here in Jefferson County. It hurts wildlife, damages ecosystems—plus, it makes Birmingham the beautiful look downright dingy.

If you do litter, here are three reasons you should stop.  If you don’t and would like to make an even bigger impact on the littering problem, engage your community and organize a litter cleanup,  Here’s how to get started!

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34 pet-friendly hotels in Birmingham, PLUS meet the Bham Now mascots!

Meet Ginny! She’s the very best chocolate lab you will ever meet and yes, I will argue with you about that. Photo via Beth Cunningham

The holiday season is quickly approaching, and everyone knows that means prime travel time. Whoever you have coming to visit you in Birmingham, tell them to bring their fur babies along! The Magic City is fun for all—even Fido. Check out 34 hotels all over Birmingham that will welcome your pets with open paws.

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5 reasons you should attend EcoFest Market and Auction on November 7

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The Theodore is located in Lakeview’s Historic Industrial District. Photo via The Theodore

Looking for some Birmingham-made gifts for the holiday season? Are you a fan of delicious local food? Do you want to support underprivileged children in Birmingham? We’ve got the event for you! The Southern Environmental Center’s EcoFest Market and Auction is happening on November 7. Get your tickets today!

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Everything you’ve wanted to know about Birmingham’s bats during Bat Week, Oct. 24-31

Volunteers at Ruffner Mountain surveying their bat population. Photo from Ruffner Mountain.
Researchers at Ruffner Mountain surveying their bat population. Photo from Ruffner Mountain.

Did you know that Birmingham and Alabama are home to 16 unique species of bats? If not, Bat Week is the perfect time to learn more about our flying friends.

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7 fall events for dog-lovers in Birmingham, including #MakeADogsDay at Greater Birmingham Humane Society October 22

Photo via Greater Birmingham Humane Society on Facebook

Do you have a special furry four-legged friend in your life? Are you looking for one? Do you just love dogs? If so, these seven events coming up this fall in Birmingham might be for you.

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Guide to Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you see one

The folks at Ruffner Mountain holding a gray rat snake (nonvenomous)
Chivon Morse and Aaron Hathcock of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve with Grady the gray rat snake (nonvenomous). (Bham Now)

Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States. Although we have 66 known species and subspecies of snakes, only 6 are venomous. Learn more about Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you encounter one in the wild.

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