Alabama Audubon’s Alliemarie Humphries holding a banded green heron at Avondale Park in Birmingham. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
Attention all tardy Christmas shoppers! Are you looking for last-minute ways to make your holiday gifts this year more nature-based and meaningful?
Below are some holiday gift ideas for that nature lover in your household.
Continue reading “Guide to last minute holiday gift ideas from Birmingham nature-based organizations”
Is there anything prettier than a scenic drive in the fall? Photo via Matthew Niblett for Bham Now
You heard it here first, folks. Fall is
the prettiest time to enjoy the beauty of some of Birmingham’s best parks. If you want to see the changing leaves in all their glory, there is no better time than now—so, we rounded up five of the best spots to see the changing Fall landscape in Birmingham.
We hopped in a new 2020 GLE350 for our drive out to Oak Mountain. Check out the inventory at Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham to learn more. Continue reading “5 spots to FALL in love with the changing leaves in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park”
Michelle Reynolds where she’s happiest. Photo via Bob Farley
If you love the natural world and its creatures, you need to know Michelle Reynolds. Among other things, she’s a regular explorer of Birmingham’s urban wildlife, often posting gorgeous photos of her surprising discoveries so the rest of us can armchair travel with her. Keep reading to find out what I learned during our Q+A.
Continue reading “Look at Birmingham’s urban wildlife with Michelle Reynolds (PHOTOS + art)”
Volunteers work to remove weeds around the native plant habitat gardens at Ruffner Mountain. Photo by Bob Farley
Did you know that Julia Tutwiler, one of the most famous
women in Alabama history, discovered a native plant found nowhere else on earth?
Continue reading “6 ways to become an Alabama native plant champion like Julia Tutwiler”
The Vulcan statue watches over Birmingham. Photo via Vulcan Park and Museum
Happy 148th birthday Birmingham!
On this day, December 19th, 1871, the city of Birmingham was incorporated by the state of Alabama. In 1925, the Birmingham City Commission officially adopted December 19th as
Continue reading “Today is Birmingham Day! The Magic City was established 148 years ago on December 19, 1871”
St. Stephen’s native plant volunteers (L to R) Gwendolyn Griffith, Lois Chaplin, and Chris Boles. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now
“They know what to do.”
That’s how John Manion, curator of the Kaul Wildflower Garden at the
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, explains why native plants are important for our gardens and natural landscapes in Birmingham.
Continue reading “Who’s bringing back native plants to the landscape of Alabama? Take a look and see.”
Planting native trees at East Lake Park. Photo via of The Nature Conservancy
Since October, the internet has been buzzing about
#teamtrees. See what the movement is about and how you can make Birmingham even more beautiful by planting a tree. Continue reading “Love trees? How to contribute to the #teamtrees campaign in Birmingham”
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. Continue reading “Everything you’ve wanted to know about Birmingham’s bats during Bat Week, Oct. 24-31”
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. Continue reading “Guide to Alabama’s 6 venomous snakes and how to react if you see one”
The “Big Tree” in the Sipsey Wilderness. Photo credit: Tony Barber
This past December 2018, heavy rains and winds blew down a large pine tree on top of the
Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Constructed only a couple of years ago, the purpose of the greenhouse was to grow native trees and flora and plant them within Forever Wild’s Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Its untimely destruction was a huge setback for the preserve financially and ecologically.
Continue reading “6 ways you can protect Alabama’s public lands including becoming a Wilderness Ranger”
Pitcher plant at The Nature Conservancy’s Splinter Hill Bog, photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy in Alabama
Welcome to the Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 2, 2019.
Continue reading “Bham Now Nature Roundup for the week of February 2, 2019”
Baby Barred Owls at the Alabama Wildlife Center. Photos from the Alabama Wildlife Center Facebook page
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.
Continue reading “Guide to 29 Alabama nature based organizations with holiday gifts available”
Planting native trees at East Lake Park. Photo courtesy of The Nature Conservancy
East Lake Park is experiencing an ecological renaissance.
Continue reading “Reforesting and restoring East Lake Park, Birmingham’s original Railroad Park”
Join the Friends of Turkey Creek on July 14th at the annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival
Over the next two weekends, three important “can’t miss” July outdoor conservation events have been scheduled by the Alabama Rivers Alliance, Friends of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve and Ruffner Mountain.
Continue reading “3 outdoor conservation events in July you don’t want to miss, including the Turkey Creek Float Your Boat Summer Festival”
Photo by Daniel DeVaughn
It is a simple idea. Renovate a greenhouse. The project started in the fall of 2017 and culminated this spring at Ruffner Mountain. Find out why the improved greenhouse is important for the preserve and for Birmingham.
Continue reading “3 things you need to know about Ruffner Mountain’s newly renovated greenhouse”