Guide to 29 Alabama nature based organizations with holiday gifts available

Baby Barred Owls at the Alabama Wildlife Center. Photos from the Alabama Wildlife Center Facebook page

Are you looking for ways to make your holiday gifts this year more nature-based  and meaningful?

We call it the  “natural twofer.”  Purchase a holiday gift from a nature organization and by doing so, support your local conservation efforts.

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4 Christmas tree farms an hour’s drive or less from Birmingham, plus local lots

Pine Hill Farms, Tarrant, Alabama, Christmas tree farms
Photo via Pine Hill Farms’ Facebook page

Want the full Christmas tree experience, ax, hot chocolate and all? We found four tree farms within an hour’s drive or less from Birmingham. Or, visit a longtime, local family-run lot for pre-cut trees, wreaths and garlands. You can even support your local Boy Scout troop with your tree purchase. If we missed your favorite local spot, let us know.

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7 cause-worthy runs to participate in this November and December in Birmingham, including The Great Amazing Race

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Are you ready to race? Photo via Noojin and White Race to the Courthouse

Are you looking to get active while supporting a good cause? Then sign up for one of these cause-worthy runs happening this Nov. and Dec. in Birmingham.

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Stink bugs in Birmingham: by any other name, they’d stink the same

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Stink bug. Photo via Pixabay

“Shield bugs” is one name, which describes the appearance, like an ornate piece of medieval armor. We call them “stink bugs” stateside, but perhaps the French named it best. “Punaise diabolique.” Devil bug! Whatever you call it, if you’ve got them in your Birmingham home, please don’t squash them. Your nose can thank us later.

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It’s almost Halloween! Drive carefully in Birmingham with these 5 safety tips from Adamson Ford

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Here come all those little pedestrians in costumes! Photo for Bham Now

Driving slowly and distraction-free while toting your trick-or-treaters from house to house on Halloween may seem like a no-brainer for drivers, but these tips will help you creep it real down those Birmingham streets.

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5 awesome pumpkin patches to visit this fall, including Old Baker Farm and Helena Hollow

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Pumpkins galore in Birmingham. Photo via Helena Hollow

It’s pumpkin time again—and you’re in luck! This weekend marks open season for many amazing pick-your-own pumpkin patches around the greater Birmingham area. Which patch should you visit? Continue reading to find out!

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Your how-to guide to Zyp BikeSharing in Birmingham, plus 3 of the best check-out and return stations, including Back Forty

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Zyp bike fun in Birmingham. Photo via Zyp BikeShare

Zyp bikes have been in Birmingham for a couple years now, but if you’re still wondering how to use them, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about how to rent and ride a Zyp bike—and where to find them. 

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Zyp bike fun in Birmingham. Photo via Zyp BikeShare

Zyp bikes have been in Birmingham for a couple years now, but if you’re still wondering how to use them, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything you need to know about how to rent and ride a Zyp bike—and where to find them. 

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12 ethnic food places to try on Green Springs Highway, including Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean

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Red Sea Ethiopian and Mediterranean is stop #12. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

You can find some of the best ethnic food in Birmingham along Green Springs Highway in Homewood. Come along with me for a food tour. 

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