A “Walk in the Woods” with the Birmingham Mountain High Hikers at Ruffner Mountain

Birmingham Mountain High Hikers L to R – Ronald Williams, Darryl Washington, Lavette Evans, Jamaine Stanton, Nathaniel Rutledge, Maurice Miller. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Have you walked in the woods lately? There are many reasons why we do it. 

Solitude. Health. Friendships. Nature.

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Everything you’ve wanted to know about Birmingham’s bats during Bat Week, Oct. 24-31

Volunteers at Ruffner Mountain surveying their bat population. Photo from Ruffner Mountain.
Researchers at Ruffner Mountain surveying their bat population. Photo from Ruffner Mountain.

Did you know that Birmingham and Alabama are home to 16 unique species of bats? If not, Bat Week is the perfect time to learn more about our flying friends.

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Guide to Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you see one

The folks at Ruffner Mountain holding a gray rat snake (nonvenomous)
Chivon Morse and Aaron Hathcock of Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve with Grady the gray rat snake (nonvenomous). (Bham Now)

Alabama is one of the most biologically diverse areas in the United States. Although we have 66 known species and subspecies of snakes, only 6 are venomous. Learn more about Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you encounter one in the wild.

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Discover Shooting Stars and native plants on Birmingham’s Ruffner Mountain this Spring

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Ruffner Mountain’s executive director Carlee Sanford discovered 1980s Nature Preserve newsletters called the Shooting Stars. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just after she became Executive Director for Ruffner Mountain, Carlee Sanford unearthed copies of the organization’s first newsletters from the early 1980s. The name of the publication?

The Shooting Star.

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Birmingham featured in family getaway story by the popular website Scary Mommy

Birmingham, Alabama, Beaker Bash, McWane Science Center, Vulcan Materials Company sponsorship
Supporting McWane Science Center is a hands-on activity at Beaker Bash. Photo submitted

Just in time for Spring Break, Scary Mommy, a digital publication with over 3.9 million “likes” on Facebook, has published a story featuring Birmingham as an ideal family getaway.

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94 ways to get healthier in Alabama and have fun at the same time

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View from Oak Mountain State Park. Photo by Linda Cato Wurstner-Oak Mountain State Park

Our forests, rivers and public lands in Alabama are chock full of opportunity for adventure. But, did you know they offer more than a great place to fish, hunt or hike? They actually help you stay healthier! Read on to find out how.

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Don’t miss 4 guided hikes led by Birmingham conservation groups in October, including Red Mountain Park

Photo courtesy of Freshwater Land Trust

Breakout your hiking boots Birmingham.  4 local conservations groups will be leading specially guided hikes in October. Here is your chance, to get outdoors, breathe some fresh air, recharge your batteries and meet folks.

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