A little magic right here in the city—autumn in Birmingham Botanical Gardens

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autumn in Birmingham Botanical Gardens
The gorgeous ginkgo. Photo via Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This time of the year is full of all kinds of magic in Birmingham. From watching the tree lightings around town to crunching on ginkgo leaves, there’s something beautiful around every corner. There’s no place in town more magical than Birmingham Botanical Gardens—and we went to go check it out.

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Black bears, our state mammal, are returning to Alabama. See how these cubs will help us.

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Department of Conservation’s Traci Wood holding four cubs in Northeast Alabama. Photo via Hannah Leeper

Let me introduce you to four male black bear cubs who reside near the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Say hello to Pea Eye, Newt, Gus and Blue Duck.

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The local feral cat issue is in crisis. Meet one resident tackling the problem

Meet Fluffy. Photo via Cindy Martin

Walking around my neighborhood, you’ll quickly notice that feral cats almost outnumber the human residents. And while they may be cute, they’re definitely a problem. Birmingham resident Kathy Stiles Freeland is leading an initiative against the issues feral cats wreak on our environment—here’s how.

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“Mounted Patrol says Goodbye.” A tribute to the horses of Birmingham’s Unit [Photos]

Two of the three horses in the Birmingham Police Department’s Mounted Patrol, which retired today. Photo via Birmingham Police Department on Facebook

Why the long face? Today, Birmingham officially said “goodbye” to three four-legged officers in the Birmingham Police Department‘s Mounted Patrol. We took a trip down memory lane to remember these beautiful animals and their service in Birmingham.

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9 of the spookiest spiders you’ll find creeping through Alabama right now—from a Samford professor

a tarantula is one of the spooky spiders you can find in Alabama
A tarantula just hanging out on a leaf. Photo via Bham Now

Move over ghosts and goblins—spiders in Alabama can be even spookier than imaginary creatures. We reached out to Dr. Drew Hataway, an arachnologist at Samford University, to find out about 9 of the spookiest spiders you can find in the Birmingham area this season. Keep reading for all the details.

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Spelunking + exploring some of Alabama’s underground caves

Can you believe Stephens Gap is just a short drive away from Birmingham? Photo via Outdoor Alabama on Facebook

Have you heard of spelunking? I hadn’t until a few weeks ago, but now that I’ve taken a deep dive into everything underground, I’m fascinated. Here’s a look at this adrenaline rush of a hobby and some of Alabama’s most awe-inspiring caves.

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Ruffner Mountain wins nation’s highest abandoned mine land reclamation award

Abandoned mine portal gate at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Bob Farley, provided to Bham Now by the Alabama Abandoned Mine Land Reclamation Program

A project at Ruffner Mountain has won the nation’s highest achievement in the field of abandoned mine land (AML) reclamation, thanks to efforts to protect residents along trails and bats living in abandoned mines.

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Meet Presley, the new emotional support puppy at Vestavia Family Dentistry

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Presley, the emotional support puppy at Vestavia Family & Facial Aesthetics. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Going to the dentist can be a stressful experience, especially for younger children. That’s why Vestavia Family Dentistry & Facial Aesthetics is trying a new strategy. Meet Presley, the new emotional support dog helping patients smile and relax!

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Need a laugh? Check out our caption contest with The Bham Zoo. Win $300+ in prizes!

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What a well-mannered bear. Photo via The Birmingham Zoo

If you follow us on Instagram (which you should 100% be doing 👏), you’ve probably seen our weekly caption contests featuring animals from The Birmingham Zoo. We’ve been sharing silly pictures, asking our followers to share their most creative captions. And trust us, they did not disappoint. 😂

Here’s a recap of the contests including some of our favorite entries + how you can enter our final contest and win $300+ in prizes from The Birmingham Zoo, Red Diamond and Full Moon BBQ!

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5 pet groomers styling Birmingham’s cutest cats and dogs

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Awesome fur cut. Photo via Fancy Fur Pet Grooming & Boutique’s Facebook page

Providing your pet with food, water, love and affection play key roles in their health. But did you know grooming does, too? From fur cuts to nail trims, here are five places around Birmingham providing grooming services to local cats and dogs.

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10 Birmingham animal organizations awarded $55,000 by Remy Fund

Never too many hugs for our furry friends. Photo via Shelby Humane on Facebook

In honor of its 10th anniversary, the Remy Fund for Pets and Animal Services is awarding $55,000 in grants to 10 local animal organizations. Keep reading for more details including how to support these nonprofits doing amazing work in Birmingham.

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