Trying to hike and avoid the crowds? Check out these Birmingham trails less traveled.

Let’s hit those trails. Photo via Freshwater Land Trust.

Since Birmingham’s quarantine began, many of us have been enjoying the outdoors more. However, with blue skies and beautiful scenery, popular trails around the city have been packed. Kind of defeats the purpose of social distancing right? Luckily, the Freshwater Land Trust has some insight on some alternative, less crowded trails to spend some much-needed time outdoors. Check ’em out!

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Groups release 50th Anniversary Earth Day pledge. Also, see list of 14 local nature nonprofits

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Photo of Little River Canyon 2017 – by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Here is a little Birmingham Earth Day history.  On this day, April 22, 1990, President George H.W. Bush celebrated the 20th Earth Day at Birmingham-Southern College. The occasion?  He was presenting the college a “Point of Light Award” award and signing a national declaration supporting recycling.

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How to keep your kiddos safe while at home, from a poison control expert

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6 weeks of social distancing has me feeling like this, too. Photo via Unsplash

Kiddos are spending more time than ever at home right now. With many parents working from home, 24/7 attention can be a challenge. Ann Slattery, Director of the Alabama Poison Information Center at Children’s of Alabama, weighed in on how parents and caregivers can minimize risks and keep their kids safe inside the house and outside of it. Read on to get her tips!

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How and where to see the Lyrid meteor shower in Birmingham April 20-22

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Ready to go stargazing, Bham? Photo via Unsplash.

Ready to go stargazing, Birmingham? From April 20-22, you may want to turn your eyes to the sky. Add a little extra excitement to your quarantine routine with the Lyrid meteor shower—the oldest meteor shower to ever be recorded. Read on for details.

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Take a walk through Birmingham Botanical Gardens—virtually, of course!

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We couldn’t let you miss cherry blossom season! Photo via Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens

We’ve been cooped up for a while now, and one of the worst parts of that means not getting to fully enjoy the beauty of spring. Birmingham Botanical Gardens is one of the most stunning spots in the state, and it’s especially glorious this time of year. We teamed up to bring you a virtual tour through the Gardens that will hopefully provide a much-needed mental break. Join us, Birmingham!

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5 hikes around Birmingham to try this spring (maps included)

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Over these past several weeks (months?? years?? I’ve lost count) of social distancing, I’ve tried many activities. Baking. Embroidering. DIY projects on an apartment I do not own. So far, trying out new hiking trails is definitely my favorite—and probably the smartest. Check out these five around the Birmingham metro and get outside (6ft apart, of course).

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Birmingham to suspend most curbside recycling after April 8 pickup

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Recycling truck at the Alabama Environmental Council. The AEC recycling center closed in January of 2019. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

At the Birmingham City Council Meeting today, Mayor Woodfin announced that curbside recycling will be temporarily suspended after the Wednesday, April 8th citywide pickup. 

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7 Birmingham garden centers offering curbside pickup and delivery, including Collier’s Nursery

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Look at that fern! Photo via @leafnpetal on Instagram

Social distancing has prompted many Birminghamians to pick up a trowel and put down some seeds. If you’re looking to spruce up your yard, check out these garden centers around Birmingham offering curbside pickup and delivery for all your plant and landscaping needs.

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8 things you can do now if your income has fallen in Birmingham

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As everything around us seems to be changing with the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, we know a lot of people’s income has fallen in Birmingham. Unexpected changes like that can leave even the best-prepared among us feeling bewildered, so we’ve put together some resources to help you begin to navigate these strange new waters. 

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Starting a home garden in Birmingham—including tips from Trevor Mann of Walden Farms

If you’re at home, might as well flex that green thumb! Photo via Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash.

Now that we’re practicing social distancing and springtime is here, it’s the perfect time to start that project that’s been in the back of your mind—a home garden. Check out these tips and tricks to develop your green thumb, including advice from Birmingham’s Trevor Mann of Walden FARMacy.

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BeeSC is buzzing—check out their pollinator gardens + learn how to make your own

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The EcoScape at BSC is a 4-acre outdoor classroom with beneficial bug sculptures, fragrance gardens, and winding paths through a miniature Mobile Basin wetland. Photo via BSC

Wildflower season is my favorite season, and soon it’ll be in full swing. Birmingham-Southern College plays host to some fantastic pollinator gardens, and we’re taking a closer look. Bonus: learn how to make your own—it’s the perfect activity for social distancing!

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Rain, rain go away. Rainfall records shattered in Birmingham, Jan-Feb of 2020.

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Flooding near the UAB campus on 8th street and 6th Avenue South on February 10,2020. Photo by Jon Eastwood for Bham Now

Other than talk about the coronavirus, the number one conversation amongst Birminghamians has been the massive amounts of rainfall we’ve had since the beginning of 2020.

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