3 things you need to know about the EPA’s soil cleanup in N Birmingham

Meet Keisha Brown. She lives in the Harriman Park neighborhood that’s been declared part of the North Birmingham Superfund Site. Photo via Kimberly Chandler for NBC News.

Back in 2012, the Environmental Protection Agency designated neighborhoods in the vicinity of 35th Avenue North as a Superfund Site. Areas that once thrived with industry turned out to have contaminated soil.

After a long delay, city leaders and the EPA have begun the cleanup process in North Birmingham. You can help spread the word.

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Spring 2020 is for paddling: a guide to kayak & canoe events near Birmingham

Photo courtesy of Auburn University’s Whitewater Kayaking Club

Any paddling enthusiasts out there? This one’s for you. With all the beautiful rivers we have near Birmingham, paddle sports are a go-to for adventurers in our area. Below is a guide to some events coming up this spring!

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Outside Magazine calls Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail one of the best hikes to take on earth in 2020

Conservation Fund map of the Pinhoti Trail. Graphic from the Pinhoti Trail Alliance

In its latest edition, the nationally acclaimed outdoor adventure publication Outside Magazine recommended the 335 mile Alabama/Georgia Pinhoti Trail as one of the best long-distance hikes to take in the world this year.

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5 Birmingham neighborhoods slated to participate in new pilot recycling program

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Are you ready to recycle Birmingham? A new pilot recycling program called City Haul is about to be launched on April 1, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Here is a piece of Birmingham history trivia.  When was the first curbside recycling program launched in the Magic City?

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Parkside is buzzing—check out the latest updates, including a new Birmingham startup

Craft beer, delicious food trucks, cool startups, great outdoor space—a Birminghamian’s dream if I’ve ever seen it. Renderings via Orchestra Partners

Parkside has been on the up-and-up for a while now. Just take a drive through the area and you’ll see cranes, construction and growth on every corner. Catch up on the latest happenings. PLUS check out Birmingham’s latest tech startup, launching from Parkside.

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Connecting Birmingham: Jones Valley Trail to extend from downtown to Avondale

The Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South is set to connect Downtown to Avondale by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust

Freshwater Land Trust announced some exciting news this week—the Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South will soon connect downtown Birmingham to Avondale. Here’s the latest on the project.

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A century-old Birmingham company provides an easy way for JeffCo residents to go green

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Now, I know we’re fans of some deep-fried goodness here in Alabama. Only question is—when the meal is over, where does the oil go? Photo courtesy of Unsplash

Jefferson County residents are privy to a pretty unique perk, in addition to all the wonderful benefits that the area has to offer. One Birmingham company that’s been serving Central Alabama for almost 115 years helps make it happen. Check it out!

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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.

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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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