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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Preview of the Wacky Tacky Christmas Light Tour that begins December 9

One of the light show on the Fresh Air Family Wacky Tacky Light Show. Photo by Pat Byington

Thousands of lights! Gravity defying displays! Blow-ups with enough hot air for a local election!

Join Fresh Air Family as they present the best, worst and wackiest light displays in the Birmingham metro area during their  two- hour guided bus ride “Wacky Tacky Light Tour” fundraiser.

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7 local spots to find your perfect Christmas tree in Birmingham

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Christmas tree shopping is that much better with that quintessential shiny red truck. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Birmingham! Now is the time to deck the halls and trim the trees. If you’re on the hunt for that idyllic evergreen, never fear! Here are 7 places in Birmingham where you can pick out your perfect pine.

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What are native plants and why do they matter here in Birmingham?

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HICA volunteers weeded and planted in Ruffner Mountain’s bird habitat garden. Photo courtesy of Bob Farley

You might have heard talk about ’native’ plants. But, what are they and more importantly, why should you care? We’re going to take a look at these questions in this first of a three part series. I invite you to come along with me to explore.

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Birding expert discovers “Thanksgiving miracle” at UAB. Latest confirmed robin nesting in Alabama.

Photo by Greg Harber for Bham Now

Here is fun nature story for Bham Now readers.

Greg Harber, a volunteer and renown  birding instructor at Alabama Audubon, witnessed a “Thanksgiving miracle” while working at UAB on Thanksgiving.

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10 Ways to Kick the Holiday Stress in Birmingham

Even with a year to prepare, Santa can get stressed too. Photo via New York Post

The holidays are a time to relax, catch up with friends and enjoy the company of family. However, for many of us, this isn’t always the case. The holidays can easily turn into a marathon of cooking, decorating, shopping and giving—but not this year. Here are 10 ways to kick the holiday stress in Birmingham!

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Green thumbs, hearts of gold. Meet the volunteers that keep Birmingham Botanical Gardens beautiful!

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Volunteers are an indispensable resource in fulfilling the Friends’ promise of protecting, nurturing, and sharing the wonders of the Gardens. Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Similar to most nonprofits, Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens is dependent upon volunteers and the work they do. The Friends honored volunteers this month at their annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

As Executive Director of the Friends—Tom Underwood—stated, just one person’s decision to volunteer helps build the network of community support that keeps the Gardens thriving.

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New mural at Birmingham-Southern College pays tribute to school symbol (PHOTOS)

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Claire LeSar and Aaron Beane are the current co-presidents of BSC’s Art Students League. Photo via Beth Cunningham for Bham Now

If you’ve ever been on Birmingham-Southern College’s campus, you know it’s beautiful. All red brick and greenery—and in the fall, it’s even more stunning.

Several art students at BSC created a mural on campus that represents one of the school’s most beloved symbols—keep reading to check it out!

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75 trees planted in East Lake Park thanks to Ruffner Mountain, Nature Conservancy, and neighbors (8 photos)

Tree planting at East Lake Park on November 16, 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

“Find your place on the planet. Dig in, and take responsibility from there,” ~ Quote from conservationist Gary Snyder

Literally, “digging in” – neighbors and supporters of historic East Lake Park planted 75 trees on Saturday morning, November 16, as part of a urban forest restoration program championed by The Nature Conservancy, Ruffner Mountain and several other conservation groups.

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Want to clean up the planet? Start with the Birmingham area—here’s how.

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Leeds residents team up to pick up! Photo submitted

Listen up, litterbugs! We all know littering is not the best thing for the environment. In fact, it’s one of the worst things that we can do because of its far-reaching effects on many aspects of our lives here in Jefferson County. It hurts wildlife, damages ecosystems—plus, it makes Birmingham the beautiful look downright dingy.

If you do litter, here are three reasons you should stop.  If you don’t and would like to make an even bigger impact on the littering problem, engage your community and organize a litter cleanup,  Here’s how to get started!

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Ready for a day trip? 3 reasons to visit stunning Little River Canyon and the JSU Canyon Center

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Little River Canyon. Photo via Taylor Babington for Bham Now

Waterfalls, sandstone cliffs, a beautiful river and amazing views—Little River Canyon has it all. And it’s less than two hours from Birmingham, y’all. I am thrilled to share more about one of my favorite places in Alabama. Here are just a few reasons why you should check out Little River Canyon ASAP.

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