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”
Beat the summer heat by planning your fall garden! If the start of some cooler weather has you ready to dig in the dirt, the Fall Plant Sale at Birmingham Botanical Gardens is a must-visit! Don’t miss out on the fun September 14-15.Continue reading “Bonsai, camellias, ferns, oh my! Don’t miss the Fall Plant Sale at Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Sept. 14-15”
Black bears are native to Alabama and their population is on the rise. Historically found in the southwest, bears have also been migrating into northeast Alabama from northwest Georgia over recent years. With sightings in Jefferson, St.Clair and Shelby counties, here’s what you need to know to be bear aware at home and when you’re hiking throughout the state.Continue reading “As bear sightings increase in Alabama, here’s what you need to know”
Whether you’re looking for a canoe adventure or a relaxing float on an inner tube, cooling off at the river is some of the most fun you can have during a Birmingham summer. We’ve got five places to check out within two hours of downtown. Keep reading to find your next weekend expedition!Continue reading “Looking to beat the Birmingham heat? Here are 7 ways to cool off at the river this summer—tubing, kayaking and more!”
Dana Coker Gale is crazy multifaceted—and, she loves snakes. Yoga teacher, fisherwoman, costume-wearer, model, lover of reptiles and amphibians, and mama are just a few of her many talents.
Lately, she’s been adding “amateur naturalist” to the list, so I reached out to talk to her about what to do when you see a snake.Continue reading “What to do when you see a snake: an interview with Birmingham yoga naturalist Dana Coker Gale”
As a result of a recent major sewage spill and fish kill, caused by Tyson Foods/River Valley Ingredients 220,000-gallon wastewater spill two weeks ago, Birmingham area residents have growing concerns about swimming safely in our rivers, lakes and streams.
Happy National Go Fishing Day, Birmingham! With the weather heating up and the days getting longer, what’s a better way to enjoy summertime than by getting out and casting a line? We’ve got your guide to 10 great fishing spots in the Birmingham area.Continue reading “National Go Fishing Day: Guide to 10 fishing spots in and around Birmingham”
Sara Bright, Birmingham co-author and photographer of the book Butterflies of Alabama informed Bham Now this week that the Alabama Butterfly Atlas has added a new “search by color” feature on their popular nature website.
This land is your land, this land is my land… this land was made for you and me. ~excerpt of lyrics from Woody Guthrie’s “This Land Is Your Land.”
Did you know that you, as a citizen of the state of Alabama, and nearly 5 million fellow Alabamians share ownership of more than 1.5 million acres of public land in our state?