Oops they did it again! UAB robins shatter Alabama natural history record with 3 more babies

A family of American robins nesting at a UAB courtyard in January 2020. The latest confirmed nesting of robins in Alabama was September 2nd, before  robins were hatched in this courtyard in November and December. Photo courtesy of Greg Harber

Remember our “Thanksgiving Miracle” American robin babies story last year?

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Hike 26.3 miles + grant wishes. Be a Trailblazer with Make-A-Wish Alabama!

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26.3 miles in one day—that’s more than a marathon! Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama

Calling all adventurers! This spring, you can join a team of Alabamians on a 26.3-mile hike in support of children with critical illnesses waiting on a wish in Alabama. Find out how.

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5 new plant skills you can learn this winter+spring, including caring for houseplants

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Cat not included. Photo via Botanica on Facebook

Still in search of that perfect New Year’s Resolution for 2020? How about taking up a new hobby, spending more time outside, and meeting a wonderful community of people?

If this sounds right up your alley, find it all at Saturdays in the Gardens with the Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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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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Recycle your Christmas tree, Birmingham! Here’s how.

Photo via @stgemmahospice, Facebook

The holiday season is nearing its end, which means it will soon be time to say so long to that once magical Christmas tree. How do you dispose of natural Christmas trees? Unfortunately, you can’t replant it, but you can recycle it! Here’s how and where around Birmingham. 

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Interested in recycling Christmas wrappings and other items in Birmingham? See infographs.

Cat ready to pounce on Christmas wrapping paper that is recycled in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Ok, the family just ripped into all those packages on Christmas morning. There are ribbons, wrapping paper and boxes thrown all over the living room around the Christmas tree.

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Pratt City has a new park! 3 reasons why this is a win for the Birmingham community

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One Pratt Park is the newest addition to a community set on growing and moving forward. Photo by Lauren Moore for Bham Now.

If you lived in the Birmingham area during 2011 like me, then you probably remember the tornadoes that destroyed much of Alabama that spring. To this day, many affected areas are still getting back on their feet, one of these being Pratt City.  

Now, after eight years of construction, a new park in Pratt City just recently opened, titled One Pratt Park. Want to learn more about this new outdoor space? Here are three reasons to get excited about Pratt City’s new park.

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Blooming Birmingham: Planting 5000 flowers around Children’s of Alabama and Parkside District

Blooming Birmingham volunteers gather at Children’s of Alabama lobby on December 13, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Birmingham’s Parkside District, home to Children’s of Alabama, Ronald McDonald House, Railroad Park and Regions Field is “blooming” with over 5000 flowers today.

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Freshwater Land Trust installs “Litter Gitter” at Valley Creek

Freshwater Land Trust and Osprey Initiative installed a “Litter Gitter” at Valley Creek last week. Photo via Osprey Initiative on Facebook

We all know litter is bad for the environment, yet it continues to be a problem. Last week, Freshwater Land Trust, Osprey Initiative, River Network and the City of Birmingham installed a “Litter Gitter” in Valley Creek to help with the issue. 

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Who’s bringing back native plants to the landscape of Alabama? Take a look and see.

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St. Stephen’s native plant volunteers (L to R)  Gwendolyn Griffith, Lois Chaplin, and Chris Boles. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“They know what to do.”

That’s how John Manion, curator of the Kaul Wildflower Garden at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, explains why native plants are important for our gardens and natural landscapes in Birmingham.

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Your gifts can bring good to a Birmingham treasure—here’s how.

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Give the gift of the Gardens this holiday season. Photos via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

This holiday season, do some good with your gift-giving! Birmingham Botanical Gardens, which is open sunrise to sunset every day of the year, is a local treasure. Here are 3 ways you can give the gift of the Gardens this year.

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Meet Blaze. The UAB baby robin that just made Alabama natural history. (Update and photos)

Meet Blaze, the first confirmed American robin to ever fledge in Alabama in the month of December. Photo by Greg Harber

The first ever confirmed baby American robin born in Alabama during the month of November, successfully left its nest on December 8th.

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