5 spots to FALL in love with the changing leaves in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park

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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.

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Property exchange at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve a win-win for nature education and conservation

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Turkey Creek – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

The land at the entrance of the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, the “gateway” to the popular recreational area, is now owned by the city of Pinson, thanks to a win-win land exchange with the Freshwater Land Trust. 

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6 mountain biking trails to check out in Birmingham, including Oak Mountain State Park

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Perfect weather + beautiful Birmingham trails = your weekend plans. Photo via Birmingham Urban Mountain Pedalers

Temperatures in the 60s, nothing on our to-do lists until Monday morning, and plans that involve social distancing—sounds like the perfect time to go mountain biking. If you’re looking for a great bike ride, keep reading for awesome mountain biking trails in Birmingham. Plus, check out different groups for fellow mountain bike lovers!

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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Southern Environmental Center offering fall outdoor education programs

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Turkey Creek – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Seeking outdoor education programs this school year?

The Turkey Creek Nature Preserve (TCNP) and Southern Environmental Center (SEC) have options for students at home during the pandemic and schools looking to get the kids outside this fall.

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

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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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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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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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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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