Watch videos released about Birmingham Audubon, Freshwater Land Trust and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

Screenshot of the recent Birmingham Audubon video about the W.E. Putnam Urban Farm

Over the past two months, videos about the work of the Birmingham Audubon Society, Freshwater Land Trust and the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve have been published on social media.

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Storm destroys Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Learn how you can help bring it back

Fallen tree destroys the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve greenhouse. Photo by Charles Yeager

As a result of heavy rainfall on Saturday and subsequent late night storms that hit Central Alabama, a tree was uprooted at the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve destroying the nature  center’s recently constructed greenhouse.

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From dumps to natural wonders. See how two communities brought back nature in Birmingham and Jefferson County

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Tire cleanup at Red Mountain Park. The park removed more than 4000 tons of garbage from illegal dumps in 2017. Photo courtesy of Red Mountain Park

Paradise lost. That is how a long time resident once described Pinson, Alabama’s Turkey Creek Falls, in the 1990s, because of the garbage and trash that littered the streamsides, forests and majestic falls. A beloved natural wonder in Jefferson County, this special place, that use to be a playground for residents throughout the region, was surrounded by dumps, and had become a magnet for drugs, crime and a proposed jail.

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Despite a 5-fold return on investment, Forever Wild needs your help. See what you can do now.

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Fishing in Alabama. Photo courtesy of Department of Conservation and Natural Resources by Matt Ragland

Last year, on the 25th anniversary of the Forever Wild program, a study found that for every $1 invested in land conservation by the Forever Wild program, there is a $5 return on that investment in natural goods and services. That includes benefits such as wildlife habitat, flood control, and clean water.

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9 things to do this summer in Birmingham to stay cool but still have fun, including McWane Science Center

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Muggy. Steamy. Stifling. Brutal. Yep, summers in Birmingham are H.O.T. What can you do to make the sweaty days of summer more enjoyable? Check out these nine activities that will entertain you, while keeping you cool.

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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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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild Program needs your help

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. Photo from the Southern Environmental Center.

Located just 15 miles outside the Birmingham city limits, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson is widely regarded as the crown jewel of Alabama’s Forever Wild program.

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – an Alabama natural treasure (photos)

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Turkey Creek’s Charles Yeager – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Last week, Bham Now made a special visit to the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve in Pinson, Alabama, to dip our toes in the creek, look for darters and interview Charles Yeager, the Preserve’s manager, about this incredible natural treasure at Birmingham’s doorstep. Continue reading “Turkey Creek Nature Preserve – an Alabama natural treasure (photos)”

Float Your Boat at Turkey Creek – Alabama’s most popular swimming

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Join the Friends of Turkey Creek on July 15th at the annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival – photo via Turkey Creek Nature Preserve

On July 15th, 2017 the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (TCNP) in Pinson, Alabama will be hosting their 8th annual Float Your Boat Summer Festival. 

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Checkout Ruffner Mountain’s new special donor wall and don’t forget the Annual Native Plant Sale today

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Last night, Ruffner Mountain celebrated its 40th year with the unveiling of a new donor wall. A one of a kind work of art, the colorful mural depicts the urban natural world. The wall honors the Ruffner’s founders, donors, foundations and volunteers who have poured their blood, sweat and tears into a nature preserve in Birmingham that is larger than New York City’s Central Park.

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