Freshwater Land Trust and partners restore watercress darter habitat in Birmingham’s Roebuck Springs

Watercress Darter
Left to right: USFWS Daniel Drennen and Freshwater Land Trust Jeffery Drummond at Roebuck Springs restoration project Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust.

Yesterday, the Freshwater Land Trust announced that they have completed their watercress darter habitat restoration project at Roebuck Springs in Don Hawkins Park, in partnership with the City of Birmingham and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

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Your summer guide to u-pick farms an hour’s drive (or less) from Birmingham, including 6 in Jefferson County

Birmingham, Alabama, U-Pick, June, Blueberries and Blackberries, Judy Bee’s Honey and Berry Farm
Photo via Judy Bee’s Honey and Berry Farm on Facebook

Blueberries, blackberries, peaches, tomatoes, yum! Muscadines? Those will be ready late summer. Check out these u-pick farm locations about an hour’s drive (or less!) from central Birmingham. We’ll start with Jefferson county, then move on to locations in Blount, Chilton, Cullman and Shelby Counties.

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Tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, are rising in Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama, ticks, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, CDC
Photo via Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The carefree days of outdoor summer fun are becoming more risky as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that the number of tick-borne illnesses in Alabama are rising (2,451 tick-borne illness cases reported in the state between 2004 and 2016). But before you get too ticked off, we have everything you need to know to make your summer safer. Continue reading “Tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, are rising in Alabama”

17 Birmingham walking trails, including Kiwanis Vulcan Trail and more

Birmingham walking trails
Rotary Trail – photo from Freshwater Land Trust

We know Birmingham’s hottest days aren’t the best for getting outside. But you don’t have to limit your exercise to the gym during the scorching summer. Birmingham walking trails offer lots of places to get out and get moving—and, in many cases, lots of shade as well.

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Code Orange Air Quality Alert for ozone pollution issued for June 6 in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

Screenshot of the Air Quality Index Code Orange for June 6, 2018.

According to the Jefferson County Department of Health, the  air quality in the Birmingham area is expected to be unhealthy for some sensitive groups today, Wednesday, June 6th.

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Auburn School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences research team discovers Zika-transmitting mosquito species in Alabama

Aedes aegypti is the primary mosquito vector for Zika virus. (Photo: Muhammad Mahdi Karim/Wikimedia Commons)

Auburn University researchers have discovered the presence of Aedes aegypti, the primary mosquito that transmits Zika virus, in Alabama.

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Eye-popping numbers: State removed 20,900 scrap tires and over 4100 tons of garbage from Red Mountain Park

Red Mountain Park
Red Mountain Park staff collecting scrap tires. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park.

Thanks to the Alabama Department of Environmental  Management  (ADEM), Red Mountain Park (RMP) is a great deal greener today. According to a Red Mountain Park news release, ADEM has removed an eye-popping 20,900 scrap tires and over  4100 tons of garbage from the park over the last seven months.

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Nearly 1 billion birds die a year colliding into windows in the U.S. Learn how Birmingham Zoo’s Jessie Griswold is helping solve this problem.

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Birds that have died colliding into downtown Birmingham windows. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now.

According to a 2014  study, up to nearly 1 billion birds die from window collisions each year in the United States.

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