Golden Silk Spider. Photo courtesy of Mike Howell
When I began writing this series about Alabama’s changing climate and the impacts it will have on us and our natural world, I am reminded of the line in the
Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy, the Tin Man, and The Scarecrow are frightened in the forest. They started chanting, “lions and tigers and bears,” oh my!
Continue reading “Spiders, ticks and poison ivy. Local scientists share examples of Alabama’s changing climate”
Waterkeepers in Alabama honored by the Alabama Rivers Alliance. Photo from Facebook
With all the rain we’ve been having – 20+ inches! – since the new year, isn’t this a good time to learn how to defend our rivers, lakes and streams?
Continue reading “3 river events near Birmingham in March, including Alabama Water Rally”
Photo via West Homewood Farmer’s Market on Facebook
We all know March comes in like a lion, but we’re holding out hope that sunshine and warmer weather is on the horizon. Everyone knows that in Birmingham, springtime means farmers markets. Find the early spring lineup here.
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Meet Keisha Brown. She lives in the Harriman Park neighborhood that’s been declared part of the North Birmingham Superfund Site. Photo via Kimberly Chandler for NBC News.
Back in 2012, the
Environmental Protection Agency designated neighborhoods in the vicinity of 35th Avenue North as a Superfund Site. Areas that once thrived with industry turned out to have contaminated soil.
After a long delay, city leaders and the EPA have begun the cleanup process in North Birmingham. You can help spread the word.
Continue reading “3 things you need to know about the EPA’s soil cleanup in N Birmingham”
Photo courtesy of Auburn University’s Whitewater Kayaking Club
Any paddling enthusiasts out there? This one’s for you. With all the
beautiful rivers we have near Birmingham, paddle sports are a go-to for adventurers in our area. Below is a guide to some events coming up this spring! Continue reading “Spring 2020 is for paddling: a guide to kayak & canoe events near Birmingham”
Conservation Fund map of the Pinhoti Trail. Graphic from the Pinhoti Trail Alliance
In its latest edition, the nationally acclaimed outdoor adventure publication Outside Magazine recommended the 335 mile Alabama/Georgia Pinhoti Trail as one of the best long-distance hikes to take in the world this year.
Continue reading “Outside Magazine calls Alabama’s Pinhoti Trail one of the best hikes to take on earth in 2020”
Trunks up for the coolest brunch ever! Photo courtesy of the Birmingham Zoo
It’s Sunday brunch, but instead of just your friends, you’re hanging out with real live elephants at the
Birmingham Zoo. Interested? Read on to learn more, plus get your tickets. Continue reading “Unique event—brunch with elephants at The Zoo. Here’s how.”
Are you ready to recycle Birmingham? A new pilot recycling program called City Haul is about to be launched on April 1, 2020. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
Here is a piece of Birmingham history trivia. When was the first curbside recycling program launched in the Magic City?
Continue reading “5 Birmingham neighborhoods slated to participate in new pilot recycling program”
Craft beer, delicious food trucks, cool startups, great outdoor space—a Birminghamian’s dream if I’ve ever seen it. Renderings via Orchestra Partners
Parkside has been on the up-and-up for a while now. Just take a drive through the area and you’ll see cranes, construction and growth on every corner. Catch up on the latest happenings. PLUS check out Birmingham’s latest tech startup, launching from Parkside.
Continue reading “Parkside is buzzing—check out the latest updates, including a new Birmingham startup”
The Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South is set to connect Downtown to Avondale by the end of the year. Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust
Freshwater Land Trust announced some exciting news this week—the Jones Valley Trail along First Avenue South will soon connect downtown Birmingham to Avondale. Here’s the latest on the project. Continue reading “Connecting Birmingham: Jones Valley Trail to extend from downtown to Avondale”
Now, I know we’re fans of some deep-fried goodness here in Alabama. Only question is—when the meal is over, where does the oil go? Photo courtesy of Unsplash
Jefferson County residents are privy to a pretty unique perk, in addition to all the wonderful benefits that the area has to offer. One Birmingham company that’s been serving Central Alabama for almost 115 years helps make it happen. Check it out! Continue reading “A century-old Birmingham company provides an easy way for JeffCo residents to go green”
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo by Pat Byington
I always liked the slogan,
Think Globally, Act Locally.
Continue reading “Think globally, act locally, lots of nature events on tap in Birmingham this winter”
A family of American robins nesting at a UAB courtyard in January 2020. The latest confirmed nesting of robins in Alabama was September 2nd, before robins were hatched in this courtyard in November and December. Photo courtesy of Greg Harber
“Thanksgiving Miracle” American robin babies story last year?
Continue reading “Oops they did it again! UAB robins shatter Alabama natural history record with 3 more babies”
26.3 miles in one day—that’s more than a marathon! Photo via Make-A-Wish Alabama
Calling all adventurers! This spring, you can join a team of Alabamians on a
26.3-mile hike in support of children with critical illnesses waiting on a wish in Alabama. Find out how. Continue reading “Hike 26.3 miles + grant wishes. Be a Trailblazer with Make-A-Wish Alabama!”
Cat not included. Photo via Botanica on Facebook
Still in search of that perfect New Year’s Resolution for 2020? How about taking up a new hobby, spending more time outside, and meeting a wonderful community of people?
If this sounds right up your alley, find it all at Saturdays in the Gardens with the Friends of
Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Continue reading “5 new plant skills you can learn this winter+spring, including caring for houseplants”