Have you ever sat next to a Cahaba Lily? Try it at the Cahaba Lily Festival this Saturday. (Photos)

Sitting amongst Cahaba lilies. Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society.

Here is an idea for your bucket list. Visit the Cahaba Lilies (here are the directions). Bring a friend, loved one or family member and take a selfie sitting  amongst the lilies.

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5 u-pick strawberry farms just a short drive from Birmingham, and more

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Photo via @LouAllenFarms on Facebook

Slather on the sunscreen and pack a cooler of drinks and snacks. U-pick strawberry season is still in full gear in Alabama for the month of May. Bham Now has the scoop on the strawberry farms within reasonable driving distance of Birmingham. Plus, we’ve got a sneak peek of u-pick options for June right here in Jefferson County.

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Alabama hunters and anglers have paid for wildlife conservation. But the sport is dwindling and so is the budget. What you can do to help now.

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Photo by Jonathan William Fordham from Outdoor Alabama Flickr

For decades, hunters and anglers in Alabama have paid for nearly all of the state’s wildlife and conservation programs through hunting and fishing licence fees and excise taxes on their equipment. As a result, deer and wild turkey, once very rare in Alabama are now abundant. The state’s lakes have become a mecca for sport fishing.

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Who pays for conservation in Alabama? You won’t believe the answer.

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Alabama State Lake opening in the 1960s. Photo courtesy of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Eighty plus years ago, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, previously called Game and Fish Division, began a program to bring back deer and wild turkey from the brink of extinction. Now, deer and turkey are abundant.

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Green Resource Center for Alabama has released the 2017 Green Progress Report

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Ribbon cutting at the new Kiwanis Centennial Park, an expansion to Vulcan Park and Museum

This week, the Green Resource Center for Alabama released their annual 2017 Green Progress Report, the only resource of its kind documenting our state’s wide range of green and sustainable projects and initiatives.

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How hunters saved the deer and turkey in Alabama

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Deer restocking in the 1950s. Photo courtesy of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

Completing a course in Alabama history is a requirement for every fourth grade student in the state. From Native American settlements to rockets manufactured in Huntsville that propelled men and women into space, there is much to learn from our history. However, one historical fact is routinely omitted. It is one of the greatest conservation stories never told. How hunters brought back wildlife in Alabama.

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