Native Pollinator Workshop - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED
Mar
25
9:00 am09:00

Native Pollinator Workshop - REGISTRATION IS CLOSED

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

We are at capacity for this workshop and registration is full.  Please check our calendar for more upcoming educational workshops, hikes and community workdays. 

Did you know that a single bee can pollinate up to 6000 flowers in its short lifetime?

Are you interested in creating habitats for solitary bee species in order to increase the number of local pollinators and promote biodiversity in your own backyard? Come out to Ruffner and assemble your own pollinator condo!

You will also receive a native pollinator plant to take home and install to help your garden thrive.

This workshop will consist of a number of activities aimed at raising awareness of our native pollinators while becoming more effective in our home gardens and creating biodiversity.

Details:

  • Bee scientists from Auburn University will be in attendance to discuss pollinators and to answer questions. Common misconceptions of bees and pollinators will also be addressed.

  • Become a citizen scientist by identifying the pollinators you would like to have in your backyard habitat, and inputting your findings into a world wide database, iNaturalist.org that will help scientists learn more about the pollinators populations.
     

  • Discuss common misconceptions of bees and pollinators.
     

  • Resources to take home that can add to your pollinator knowledge and create a successful habitat in your yard.

     

  • Please bring your own power drill and or/hammer if you have one
     

  • We have a 20 person capacity for this workshop. If you sign up and cannot attend, please let us know asap, so that we can make room for all who would like to attend. 
     

  • Due to limited resources, we ask that you only make one per household if you are attending with family members

Click here for WAIVER

 

 

 

Mar
28
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

Guided Hike: Spring Wildflowers with Michelle Reynolds

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Come enjoy the spring beauty offered by the countless wildflowers on the Mountain. Our own Michelle Reynolds will guide you down the trail, while sharing her vast wildflower knowledge. 

To attend this hike please read and sign our waiver and complete the registration form below.

Waiver:

Click here for Waiver

Registration:

Name *
Name
Apr
4
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Apr
11
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Community Work Day
Apr
15
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain

Work Sites will span the mountain, from our Eastside Park property, to our Nature Center, to Ruffner Road.  This is a great opportunity to get out and engage with your community, and maybe get your hands a little dirty in the process.

Please fill out our waiver below and pre-register.

Click here for waiver

Name *
Name
Apr
15
2:00 pm14:00

Guided Hike: Native Plants with Jamie and John

 

If you missed our first wildflower hike of the season, join Ruffner's Conservation Director, Jamie Nobles and John Manion, Kaul Wildflower Garden Curator at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for a Spring time hike on the mountain.

Participants on this walk will have the opportunity to view, learn to identify and discuss the numerous spring-flowering plants that grace Ruffner Mountain. The forests and fields of Alabama are magical in the spring because of our state’s incredible biodiversity. 

To attend this hike, please read and complete our waiver and fill out the registration form:

Waiver: Click here for waiver

Registration form:

Name *
Name
Apr
18
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Apr
22
9:00 am09:00

Guided Hike: Alabama Ecology and Geology

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Hike Ruffner Mountain for Earth Day while celebrating the amazing biodiversity of Alabama.  This nature hike will include a trip to Ruffner's limestone quarry where we will learn about the ancient fossils found there.  We will then head up to the overlook for the best view of Bham!  Hike is approximately 3 miles overall and is suited for families with moderate hiking experience. 
 

Apr
25
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Music with Ms. Meg
May
6
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Wildlife Up Close
May
7
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this presentation focusing on the birds that roam through our forests. 

This program is best suited for individuals and families with children ages six and up.

May
27
9:00 am09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Quilt the Forest

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join textile artist and nature enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds, for this fun quilt block workshop. Design, cut, layer, and stitch to make a one-of-a-kind fabric-art block to take home. The event is FREE, open to people of all ages, and no experience is necessary to participate.

Find inspiration in nature, develop ideas, and learn to tell a story through art. Using fabric and applique techniques, you will combine color, pattern, and texture to create a square. Enjoy camaraderie of fellow participants and explore techniques that work for you. Fabric and supplies will be provided.

In accordance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all programs of the AFA are held in venues that meet these standards. Special accommodations will be made for persons with visual, hearing, or other disabilities upon request. Please contact alabamafolklife@att.net or 205.956.9888.

Creating nature-inspired art from recycled fabrics and telling stories through her writing, teaching, and through her story quilts, Michelle Reynolds strives to weave together lessons in sustainability and appreciation for the natural world. In addition, she is a columnist for Alabama Gardener, native plant specialist, and contributes to numerous organizations and community projects dedicated to conservation, education, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quilt-the-forest-2017-registration-30278645243#tickets

Music with Ms. Meg
Jun
3
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Jun
17
9:00 am09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Cherokee Leaf Pounding Workshop

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

The Alabama Folklife Association is pleased to offer a Cherokee Leaf Pounding workshop at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. The instructor is TBA. Carrying on the tradition of National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Bettye Kimbrell, AFA is pleased to be able to provide these workshops. We will be pounding away on The Back Porch, shaded by the pavilion while enjoying the surrounding woods and gardens. In accordance with federal laws, AFA events are held at facilities that meet ADA. If you need any specialized accommodations for other disabilities, please contact the AFA via email: alabamafolklife@att.net or phone 205.956.9888. You do not need experience to enjoy the morning, but you do need to bring some supplies. Refreshments will be provided. We would like to thank the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama State Council on the Arts for making this event possible.

VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

Bring your own supplies:

  • A wooden cutting board with a smooth surface --not the other kind-wooden and smooth

  • 4 or 5 leaves (do not take from the park)

  • 100% COTTON material, preferably MUSLIN, but MUST be 100% cotton

  • Small hammer with a smooth-faced head

  • Wide masking tape

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cherokee-leaf-pounding-2017-tickets-30277792693

Community Work Day
Jul
15
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

Work sites will span the mountain from our Eastside Park property, to our Nature Center, to Ruffner Road. This is a great opportunity to get out and engage with your community, and maybe get your hands a little dirty in the process.

Please complete our waiver below:

Click here for waiver

Jul
21
Jul 31

Moth Week

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Music with Ms. Meg
Aug
12
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Aug
19
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Fugitive Nest & Shelters

Participants will be led on a short hike to collect objects from the natural environment (nothing may be broken or picked from any living thing—only lying or resting objects) under the supervision of the two teachers. Each person keeps their object hidden from all other workshop attendees. After the hike, each person is given the opportunity to build a small nest shelter for his or her new "nature friend". They come up with a name, and a way to care for and protect the friend as if it was still in a natural environment. There will be a guided meditation journaling module within the project.

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

  

 

Wildlife Up Close
Sep
3
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands - on presentation focusing on the reptiles that roam through our forests. Going relatively unnoticed, these reptiles have unique adaptations such as camouflage that keep them hiding out of sight. Experience an up-close encounter with Ruffner's reptile animal ambassadors and learn more about why they play a key role in our ecosystem. 

This program is best suited for individuals and families with children ages six and up.

Music with Ms. Meg
Sep
9
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Sep
16
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Lifecycle Calligraphy Contours

Participants will create and experiment with ink and drawing tools made from plants at Ruffner. We will use leaf, insect, and animal plastic contours and talk about identification in the forest through silhouette. Participants will gain useful knowledge of creating inks and paints from local plant sources as well as myriad drawing and calligraphy techniques useful for illustration, drawing, and journaling (4 hours). 

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

Oct
7
8:00 am08:00

Crusher Ridge Run

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Start: 8:00am for 21K/42K, 8:30 a.m. for 5K

Course: 21k loop, 2 loops to make the 42k, 5k lollipop

Race day registration and packet pick up: 6:30am; $5 increase for race day registration (shirts not guaranteed for race day registrants).

Aid Stations: There will be an aid station at the start/finish, at Salvage Rd and at Gray Fox Gap (you go through this aid station twice). Aid stations will have water, Tailwind, gels and other basic ultra aid station fare. NOTE: please bring a handheld or hydration pack. October in Alabama tends to get warm in the afternoon. Most of you will NEED hydration between aid stations.

Food: We will have the grill going at the finish. Please hang out after you finish your race and have a burger, chips, cookies, and a beverage. Vegetarian option will be available. Cahaba Brewing Co is providing beer for the festivities. Families are welcome to eat as well!

Wildlife Up Close
Oct
15
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands - on presentation focusing on the reptiles that roam through our forests. Going relatively unnoticed, these reptiles have unique adaptations such as camouflage that keep them hiding out of sight. Experience an up-close encounter with Ruffner's reptile animal ambassadors and learn more about why they play a key role in our ecosystem. 

This program is best suited for individuals and families with children ages six and up.

Oct
21
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Eco-Printing & Sewing Workshop

Eco-printing is contact printing of plants onto fabric. Participants will learn about plants, fabrics, paper equipment, process, and bundling techniques. Participants will sew/applique and experiment with fabric abstraction to capture the essence of their favorite flora and fauna. Silk and linen fabric and various papers will be used as they have an affinity for plants and create fantastic prints. We will look at various traditional ways to design using natural dyes including print, paints or tie and then dye in the vat. Using bandhani and leheria techniques. No experience necessary, just a willingness to experiment and enjoy the bounties of nature. (6 - 8 hours)

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

Music with Ms. Meg
Nov
11
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

Nov
18
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Shinrin-yoku Watercolor & Marbling Nature Lab

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

A forest bathing trip involves visiting a forest for relaxation and recreation while breathing in phytoncides, or wood essential oils, which are antimicrobial volatile organic compounds derived from trees, such as α-Pinene and limonene. This lab workshop will focus on observing and heightening awareness of textures and patterns observed at Ruffner and learning how to create beautiful watercolor washes and other watercolor and marbling techniques to promote field inquiry and your artistic and mediation practice. Support well-being through sensory immersion in the forest and through establishing a daily watercolor practice. Shinrin-yoku is a recognized relaxation and/or stress management activity in Japan
(4-5 hours).

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org

Dec
16
9:00 am09:00

Visual Ecology with Doug Baulos: Kirigami Native Birds & Bees of Ruffner

In this workshop, participants will experiment with drawing, folding, and simple sewing to create a wonderful, re-imagined habitat sculptural landscape zine (small book) out of paper. Kirigami is a variation of origami that includes cutting paper (from Japanese  "kiru" = to cut, "kami = paper), rather than solely folding the paper as is the case with origami. (4 hours)

  • Ages 12 and up

  • Free to Ruffner Members

  • Non-members must pay a non-refundable material fee of $10

  • B.Y.O.L. (bring your own lunch)

Have a question? 
Contact info@ruffnermountain.org


Mar
21
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Community Work Day
Mar
18
9:00 am09:00

Community Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Work Sites will span the mountain, from our Eastside Park property, to our Nature Center, to Ruffner Road.  This is a great opportunity to get out and engage with your community, and maybe get your hands a little dirty in the process.

Meet at the nature center for March 18th workday.  This volunteer opportunity will be focused on improving one of our owl exhibits!

 

Please fill out our waiver below and pre-register 

Click here for waiver

Name *
Name
Mar
7
9:00 am09:00

Habitat Garden Club at Ruffner Mountain

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join us as we prep our native plant education garden sites for new plantings and the beginning of spring. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the wildlife benefits of native plants while sharpening your gardening skills!

The native plant education gardens will enhance the aesthetics of the Nature Center and surrounding area while demonstrating the geology and ecology of the mountain, for both visitors and local schools. By evoking a sense of place and history these gardens will provide hands-on knowledge about the native plant communities and forest types on the mountain.

Where: the round-a-bout (chert circle), and the triangle median (limestone triangle)

Tasks:

  • pulling weeds

  • digging and potting up plants to transplant

  • pruning and cutting back plants

  • site cleanup

What to Bring:

  • gloves

  • hat

  • appropriate shoes and clothes

  • water and snacks

  • *hand tools

  • shovel

  • sunscreen

We hope to see you there!

*If you don't have tools of your own to bring, we will be able to provide some tools. 

Mar
4
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg - CLASS IS FULL

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

Mar
4
7:30 am07:30

District 9 Day of Service

  • 700 Lexington Street

Eight Projects. Seven Neighborhoods. One Day. 

The home base for the Wylam project that Ruffner will be leading is Fire Station #17 (700 Lexington Street, Birmingham, AL 35224).

Other projects will be in the Dolomite, South Pratt, East Thomas, Enon Ridge, and Evergreen neighborhoods, in addition to a second project in the Wylam neighborhood.

Ruffner will be teaming up with 1st Baptist Church East Thomas on a clean up of Tin Mill Road and 8th Avenue.

Finale/lunch celebration from 12:00 - 1:30 pm

Pick-up sticks, Gloves, Vests, and Glasses will be provided by Ruffner Mountain. Trash bags and recycled bags donated by KBB and AEC.

For more information, contact Ruffner at 205-833-8264. 

 

Feb
25
4:00 pm16:00

Citizen Science: Frogwatch USA - Registration Closed

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

FrogWatch USA provides individuals, groups, and families opportunities to learn about wetlands in their communities by reporting on the calls of local frogs and toads.

This year Ruffner will be holding its 2017 Frogwatch at the Wetlands area of Ruffner Mountain. This will be a 4 hour event, beginning at the Nature Center, where a 2 hour lecture will be held. After the lecture, we will carpool to the Wetlands for the Frogwatch itself. Be sure to wear sturdy, close-toed shoes. Flashlights, especially red spectrum flashlights, are useful but not required. 

If you plant to attend, please fill out a waiver form and complete registration below. Families or those who are bringing children, please notify us in the Message field of the registration form how many you plan to bring. Thanks!

REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS NOW CLOSED. THANKS FOR YOUR INTEREST!

 

Feb
19
8:00 am08:00

Audubon's Great Backyard Bird Count Hike

Join Outreach Director Ansel Payne for a morning bird walk on Ruffner Mountain! Together, we'll look for common (and uncommon) winter birds, talk about best practices for woodland birding, and generate important citizen-science data for the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count. Bring a coat, some water, and a sense of adventure as we explore this cherished Birmingham green space. No experience necessary!

Meetup is at 8 a.m. in the main Ruffner parking lot (33.55848, -86.70746). Please bring binoculars if you have them, although we will have several extra pairs on hand. And we're not kidding about the coats—last year's walk was super cold!
 

 If you plant to attend please fill out a waiver and register using the form below. Also, please let us know if there will be other with you in your group. 

WAIVER 

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Feb
17
Feb 20

Audubon Presents: The Great Backyard Bird Count

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

As noted on the GBBC website (http://gbbc.birdcount.org/), the Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of where the birds are across the continent. Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts. It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. It’s free, fun, and easy – and it helps the birds.

Birmingham Audubon will be leading a guided bird count walk at Ruffner, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Sunday morning.

Come to Ruffner Mountain for a great birding location or count birds in your own backyard!

Great Backyard Bird Count Instructions
HOW TO COUNT THE BIRDS: Easy as 1-2-3!

  • Count birds anywhere you like. We recommend at LEAST 15 minutes—or even longer if you wish. Keep track of the numbers and species of birds you see and how long you watched.
  •  Make your best estimate of how many birds you saw of each species. For example, 5 Northern Cardinals, 3 American Crows. Huge flocks may be a challenge, but your best guess is still valuable.
  •  Enter your list(s) online at BirdCount.org. Put in a new checklist:

--for each new day
--for each different location
--for the same location, same day, if you counted at a different time of day

Check out these apps for Bird Identification: Audubon Birds App, Ebird Mobile App, and Merlin Bird ID App

Feb
12
2:00 pm14:00

Wildlife Up Close

Discover the wonderful wildlife of Alabama with this hands-on presentation focusing on the reptiles that roam through our forests. Going relatively unnoticed, these reptiles have unique adaptations such as camouflage that keep them out of sight. Experience an up-close encounter with a Ruffner animal ambassador and learn more about why reptiles play a key role in our ecosystem.

If you plan to attend, please fill our waiver and register using the registration form below. Also, please let us know if you will be coming with others in your group. Thanks!

WAIVER

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Feb
11
10:00 am10:00

Guided Hike: Mining History with Gary Bostany - REGISTRATION CLOSED

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Miner’s Hike At Ruffner Mountain:

Join Gary Bostany on a hike at Ruffner Mountain while learning the history and its early beginnings. View some of the mining relics, iron-ore crushers— learn their purpose, and view mine openings that visitors rarely get to see. Learn about the extended railroad system “the old mineral railroad” that serviced Ruffner and the rest of Red Mountain.


Ruffner Mountain was once home to the Sloss-Sheffield Mines where iron-ore and limestone were extracted and sent to the blast furnaces at Sloss. Discover Ruffner’s role in the mining heyday of Birmingham while exploring these sites and artifacts up close.

The hike is approximately 3 miles total, usually about 3.5 hours, with moderate inclines and slopes. The hike will take us to Mine Site #3, and the Quarry. Adults and children 10 and up are welcome. We will meet at the tree house at the nature center and please bring water and any snacks or a bag lunch. Registration is required for these hikes.

Gary Bostany is a volunteer educational docent at Vulcan Park and Museum, and a history buff regarding Birmingham’s early days of the making of Iron and steel.

THIS EVENT IS NOW FULL. THANKS!

Feb
10
12:00 pm12:00

Bird Habitat Workday

I hope you can join u next Friday February, 10 from 12-4 for our annual Bird Habitat workday. See flyer for more details. This year we plan to scale-down the project a bit and work on designing a new Bluebird Trail to enhance some of the new garden and nature center features developed in the past year. If we have enough volunteers we will also do some work in the greenhouse for our Raising Native Plant Species project.  

Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Music with Ms. Meg

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Birmingham-based musician Meg Ford for a celebration of urban wildlife!

Each class will focus on a new aspect of urban habitat, taught through song, dance, instrument crafting, book reading, and nature play. Attendees will learn about the benefits and resources gained from our wildlife "neighbors" and be empowered to help conserve their living spaces. Suitable for students ages 6 and under.

If you plan to attend, please register below. 

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Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Lichen & Moss Hike - FULL

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Naturalist and Biology Professor Carl Sloan on this guided hike of Ruffner Mountain to discover the world of lichens and mosses and how they play a role in our ecosystems.  Are they plants? Fungi? We will examine the intricacies of lichens and mosses, including what makes them the unique organisms they are.

Jan
22
1:00 pm13:00

Audubon Teaches Nature: Birds of Prey

  • Alabama Wildlife Center

Turkey Vulture in Flight by Greg Harber.


During this twenty-sixth year of Audubon Teaches Nature we will explore and celebrate the diversity of Alabama’s natural history. These seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills to allow you to more fully enjoy your time in the field, whether birding, botanizing, hiking or biking. Audubon Teaches Nature will give you the unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Alabama’s leading naturalists ~ authorities who are willing to share their years of experience and special knowledge to make your outdoor experiences more enjoyable. Our programs are designed to showcase the beauty and natural history of Oak Mountain State Park and the central Alabama region.

An Introduction to Birds of Prey ~ Presented by Alabama Wildlife Center Raptor Team Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park The month of January is a good time to look for raptors in Alabama. Their silhouettes are easy to spot in trees bereft of their leaves, and a long drive through the countryside can reward you with sightings of multiple species that are found here in the winter. To whet your appetite, we have arranged once again to feature raptors as our topic for the January Audubon Teaches Nature seminar.

Our program will feature the Alabama Wildlife Center’s birds of prey, each one of which is an Avian Ambassador for the center. The natural history of each bird will be presented, and a special effort will be made highlight the field marks of each species in order to help you learn how to identify these birds in the field. Everyone is fascinated by raptors so we are offering programs at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Although there is no charge for this program after park admission, seating is limited (60 seats per program) in the AWC auditorium. Note that there are two presentations scheduled, so plan your visit accordingly. Be sure to bring your kids and grandkids, and your best camera too! Plus, there will almost assuredly be a good selection of birds at the feeders to help you pass the time while you wait for the program to start. Refreshments will be served in the Observation Room beginning at 12:30 p.m. Next month’s seminar: An Overview of the Geology and Paleontology of Alabama Sunday, February 19th, 2:00 p.m. ~ Dana Ehret, Guest Speaker (OMIC)
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Programs are held at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, and the adjacent Oak Mountain Interpretive Center. Admission to the park is $ $5 per adult (age 12+), $2 per child (age 4 to 11), $2 per senior (age 62+) and free for ages 3 & under. There is no charge for the ATN program.

The 2016-2017 Season of Audubon Teaches Nature is co-sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and the Friends of Oak Mountain.

Jan
21
7:00 am07:00

Birmingham Audubon Guntersville Lake Field Trip

  • Guntersville Lake

Bald Eagle by Bob Farley.
January Field Trip: Guntersville Lake and the Guntersville waterfront Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:00 a.m.

The deep waters of Guntersville Lake and the Guntersville waterfront are excellent places to search for waterfowl in winter. Thousands of ducks of a variety of species are to be expected, with a good number of loons (common, mostly, but pacific and red-throated are possible, too) and grebes can be expected.

We will spend the morning birding at various sites along the Guntersville waterfront, on Sunset Drive and the AL Hwy 69 causeway. Bring a picnic lunch with you, and if it can be arranged, we will have lunch inside the community center on the lakefront. Following lunch, and if enough folks are interested, we’ll make the drive to the north side of the Guntersville Dam to view Bald Eagles at their nest, and perhaps locate a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the pines near there – we’ll have to listen for their nasal, kazoo-like “toot” calls.

Meeting Place and Travel Plans: Our meeting place is the parking lot at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (please park at the far end). We will leave at 7:00 a.m. and caravan to Guntersville via AL Hwy 79. We will reconvene at the McDonald’s in Guntersville at 8:30 a.m. should anyone wish to meet the group there. This will be an all-day trip, so bring a picnic lunch, drinks and snacks. Remember, weather this time of year can be changeable, so dressing in layers is advised. Come prepared with a full tank of gas and bring your binoculars and spotting scopes. For those who wish, supper may be shared at a local restaurant at day’s end. Alabama Birding Trails website and GPS information:

http://alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/guntersville-peninsula/ (GPS: N 34.3630,
W 86.2916)
Trip leader: Greg Harber, 205-251-2133, home/evenings, or 205-807-8055, day of field trip only.

Jan
14
8:00 am08:00

Tom Imhof Beginner Bird Walk at Wheeler NWR

  • Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Birmingham Audubon’s Tom Imhoff Beginner Bird Walk series continues in January, with a trip to Decatur’s Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re new to birding, returning after an absence, or just Interested in seeing some exceptional winter birds, we invite you to join us for an exciting day on the banks of the Tennessee River.

Click here for more information and to sign up: http://birminghamaudubon.org/event/tom-imhof-beginner-bird-walk-at-wheeler-nwr/

Jan
13
8:00 am08:00

Staff Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join us outside at Ruffner for a day of clearing, planting, landscaping, and more as we continue our work to install new habitats and expand Ruffner green space. 

If you plan to attend you can sign up below and please be sure to fill out a waiver. 

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Jan
7
7:00 am07:00

Birmingham Audubon Field Trip - CANCELLED

  • Railroad Park

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Hermit Thrush by Debbie McKenzie
January Half-day Field Trip Railroad Park and Avondale Park Saturday, January 7, 2017, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Local favorites Railroad and Avondale Parks offer a selection of bird life that can be found in our urban parks and will serve as our destinations for the January half-day field trip. Railroad Park is a relatively recent addition to downtown Birmingham, having once been the site of abandoned lots and warehouses, while Avondale Park is one of our city’s oldest and the former home of the zoo.

Click here for more information: http://birminghamaudubon.org/event/january-7-field-trip/