Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.Continue reading “Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help 50+ local nonprofits today”
Here is something to do in the morning between 5:00am to 7:00am: Open your window or walk out on your porch/backyard. Quietly stop.
Listen to the hundreds of birds singing a “dawn chorus.”
Just about the only thing, we CAN do right now is go outside—at least it’s spring. However, not everyone is able to travel to Birmingham’s beautiful state parks in response to COVID-19 precautions. Luckily, they’ve worked hard to bring the park to you with virtual resources like park tours, online animal encounters and more.Continue reading “Alabama State Parks are going virtual—why it’s awesome”
Our local nonprofits need our help, Birmingham. We’re making it easy. Check back once a week and see who we’re spotlighting—we’ll be adding more nonprofits as the COVID-19 response continues. Learn how you can be a part of important work serving our community.Continue reading “Birmingham nonprofit spotlight—here’s how you can help today”
When it rains it pours, especially in Alabama. But, when the sun shines again, make sure you take advantage of those beautiful spring days at one of these Birmingham outdoor classes.Continue reading “Spring hikes, classes + more at Birmingham nature spots”
SponsoredContinue reading “Unique event—brunch with elephants at The Zoo. Here’s how.”
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.Continue reading “Discover local Birmingham critters at the 16th annual Salamander Festival on Jan. 25”
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.Continue reading “Want to help Australian wildlife? Here’s how to do it in Birmingham”
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.Continue reading “Meet the new ancient shark species found in southern Alabama”
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.
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.Continue reading “Green thumbs, hearts of gold. Meet the volunteers that keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens beautiful!”
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!Continue reading “Want to clean up the planet? Start with the Birmingham area—here’s how.”
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!Continue reading “5 reasons you should attend EcoFest Market and Auction on November 7”
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.Continue reading “Everything you’ve wanted to know about Birmingham’s bats during Bat Week, Oct. 24-31”
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.Continue reading “Guide to Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you see one”