Happy National Take a Hike Day Birmingham!
East Lake Park is experiencing an ecological renaissance.
Where can you find the best color-explosive fall drives around Birmingham? Here are six that will make you say “Wow!”
In our first two installments “Protecting Alabama the Beautiful by cleaning up our mess” and “Turning dumps into natural wonders” we examined Alabama’s legacy of pollution problems and remarkable comeback stories, including Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Red Mountain Park. In this, our third and final installment, we provide 3 ways you can help make, and keep, Alabama the Beautiful.
Moss Rock Festival, Birmingham’s premier eco-creative festival, drew large crowds for its 13th annual festival weekend. The festival lasted all weekend (November 3-4) and featured local musicians, bouldering, wonderful art and an epic beer garden.Continue reading “The 13th annual Moss Rock Festival was a blast! Here’s what you missed.”
What’s lightweight, goes with anything and looks killer with a high ponytail? Your favorite baseball cap, of course. But as your wardrobe gets cozier for fall and winter, the summer go-to can look a little out of place. Fortunately, Aviate, the Birmingham-based, nationally loved lifestyle apparel brand, has the answer: the Jet Setter Collection. Even better, profits from the collection benefit the No-Shave November organization all month long.
Last week, before the Magic City Classic, the Toyota Green Initiative (TGI) joined forces with Birmingham West End neighborhood volunteers and students from Alabama State University, Alabama A&M and nearby colleges to make some “magic” of their own, volunteering at the West End Community Garden.
Paradise lost. That is how a long time resident once described Pinson, Alabama’s Turkey Creek Falls, in the 1990s, because of the garbage and trash that littered the streamsides, forests and majestic falls. A beloved natural wonder in Jefferson County, this special place, that use to be a playground for residents throughout the region, was surrounded by dumps, and had become a magnet for drugs, crime and a proposed jail.
“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.Continue reading “Stink bugs in Birmingham: by any other name, they’d stink the same”
Have you ever hiked on a trail and saw a flowering plant that you wanted to identify? Or experienced a butterfly fluttering past you, to its next destination in a forest? If you are curious about plants and butterflies, the state of Alabama has two of the most comprehensive guides/inventories on the internet – the Alabama Plant Atlas and the Alabama Butterfly Atlas.
Earlier this week, Bham Now featured a story about illegal garbage dumps and rampant problems with litter within our communities in Alabama. On Saturday, October 20, between 8am to 1:00pm, you have a chance in Birmingham to combat these problems by participating in the Fall City-wide Cleanup.
As the days grow shorter and the nights grow longer, some may start to wonder about all the space above us. Unknown to many, Birmingham offers the community multiple ways to observe the galaxies.
Alabama is not exactly known for solar homes. But drive north from Birmingham through the beautiful countryside of Blount County, and you will find five, all within 10 minutes of each other. Earlier this October, I went up for this small community’s annual solar home tour. Here’s what I learned.
When travelers enter the state of Alabama via interstate highways, they are welcomed, in most places, by a sign declaring “Alabama the Beautiful.” Continue reading “Protecting ‘Alabama the Beautiful’ by cleaning up our mess”
Got trees? Ruffner Mountain does.