Anne Miller, founder of the Alabama Wildlife Center receives Alabama Audubon’s Yellowhammer Award

Anne with her niece Eva Ledvina. Photo by Matt Hunter

Whenever I visit the Alabama Wildlife Center to see the orphaned baby birds or a majestic red-tail hawk, I think of Anne Miller, the Center’s founder and first director.

Anne is a Birmingham original.

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Don’t miss nature-friendly Halloween events this weekend, including Owl-o-ween at Alabama Wildlife Center

Meet Belle at Red Mountain Park’s Trick or Treat Trails. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

Want to meet the world’s largest owl or are you more into Spiderman? Red Mountain Park and Alabama Wildlife Center  will be hosting special Halloween events Saturday for friends and families looking for a nature-friendly “spooky” day.

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Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission honored for support of Oak Mountain State Park

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Alabama Wildlife Center was honored by Alabama State Parks during their annual Eagle Awards ceremony

This past weekend, Alabama State Parks honored the Alabama Wildlife Center and Shelby County Commission for their contributions to Oak Mountain State Park at the second annual Eagle Awards ceremony which was held at Guntersville State Park.

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Nature Roundup January 19th edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

Check out UAB researcher Jim McClintock’s exclusive blog posts and photos from Antarctica in this edition of the Nature Roundup

Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup January 19th edition sponsored by the JSU Little River Canyon Center!

In this edition of the Nature Roundup, we celebrate stewardship of our special places around Alabama and planet Earth.

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Rock stars – Bald Eagles and Eurasian Eagle Owl to make the Alabama Wildlife Center a major destination for bird lovers

Bald Eagle that is currently under the care of the Alabama Wildlife Center. He came in this week, rescued from Lawrence County. He has carpel fractures on his left side – it looks like he was shot through the “wrist” part of his wing.

In the bird world they are “rock stars” – the Bald Eagle and the Eurasian Eagle Owl. The public loves them and people want to see them up-close.

Soon, bird lovers from all over the South and the country will get an opportunity to see our national symbol and the world’s largest owl up-close and personal at the Alabama Wildlife Center.

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Gifts with nature in mind, gifts that give back

 

Are you looking for ways to make your holiday gifts this year more nature-based  and meaningful?

We call it the  “natural twofer.”  Purchase a holiday gift from a nature organization and by doing so, support your local conservation efforts.

Bham Now has compiled a holiday gift list from local nature organizations (follow the links) that offer gift ideas and help you “give back” this holiday season.

Ruffner Mountain Birmingham

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Don’t forget Alabama Wildlife Center’s Holiday cards! (deadline Dec. 14th)

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Photo by: Mary Stockard – Alabama Wildlife Center’s adorable Screech Owls

Love screech owls? Eastern bluebirds? Great Egret?

The Alabama Wildlife Center is selling holiday cards featuring their most famous patients.

Visit the Alabama Wildlife Center Holiday Greeting Cards website to learn how you can surprise someone with a gift of wildlife this holiday season.

The last day to place an order before Christmas is Wednesday, December 14th.

Alabama Weekly Nature Roundup December 2nd edition – brought to you by JSU Little River Canyon Center

lrcc_-_logo_-_vertical This week, we are pleased to announce our new partnership with the JSU Little River Canyon Center.  Along with their support of Bham Now’s Nature Roundup, we also will be updating Bham Now readers regularly about the Canyon Center’s many activities, and developing stories, such as the one posted this morning about Little River Falls coming back to life this week.

Don’t Forget 

Don’t forget to purchase (and save money with an advance tix purchase) your December 6th BOLD Series ticket to see Jim McClintock.

In just four days, we will be holding our 2nd BOLD Speaker Series on Tuesday, December 6th, 5:30 at Avondale Brewery.

Why should you buy a ticket and attend? Check out this video narrated by Harrison Ford – yes, Han Solo/Indiana Jones – describing McClintock’s observations and work.  Join us on Tuesday!

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Alabama weekly nature roundup – November 19 to November 25, 2016

Bankhead National Forest
Bankhead National Forest

Quote of the week:

“In the end we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand. We will understand only what we are taught.” -~Baba Dioum

Our favorite stories this week: Patagonia’s Give 100% to the Planet commitment, the story about the Little River Canyon National Preserve and where you can recycle cooking oil in Jefferson County.

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