Love nature? Learn how to support 5 of Birmingham’s beautiful parks!

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View from Hawk’s View Overlook at Ruffner Mountain. Photo via Ruffner Mountain on Facebook

The Magic City has no shortage of beautiful views—but one of the most unique perspectives are at our local parks. Check out these ways to support our beautiful nature preserves!

If you can’t make it out to one of Alabama’s parks right now, many of them are going virtual—learn more!

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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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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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17 Birmingham walking trails, including Kiwanis Vulcan Trail and more

Birmingham walking trails
Rotary Trail – photo from Freshwater Land Trust

We know Birmingham’s hottest days aren’t the best for getting outside. But you don’t have to limit your exercise to the gym during the scorching summer. Birmingham walking trails offer lots of places to get out and get moving—and, in many cases, lots of shade as well.

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