Look at Birmingham’s urban wildlife with Michelle Reynolds (PHOTOS + art)

Michelle Reynolds outside. Photo via Bob Farley
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.

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Today is Birmingham Day! The Magic City was established 148 years ago on December 19, 1871

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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 Birmingham Day.

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Who’s bringing back native plants to the landscape of Alabama? Take a look and see.

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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.

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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

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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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6 ways you can protect Alabama’s public lands including becoming a Wilderness Ranger

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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.

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Guide to 29 Alabama nature based organizations with holiday gifts available

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.

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3 outdoor conservation events in July you don’t want to miss, including the Turkey Creek Float Your Boat Summer Festival

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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.

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