Posts Tagged ‘Birmingham Zoo’

Wilds to Woodlands

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

Wilds to Woodlands

Saturday, Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted the Birmingham Zoo and Ernie, a 20-year-old gopher tortoise. Ernie plays a very important role in the wild. The gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) is a keystone species in his native habitat, which means Ernie’s ability to burrow tunnels in the sandy soil of Alabama’s longleaf pine forest provides shelter for over 300 other species.

The longleaf pine forest ecosystem of Alabama made up the majority of the Coastal Plain physiographic section of Alabama, which covers much of the lower portion of the state. It was excluded only from the Black Belt and northwest portions of the state. North of the Black Belt, longleaf pine forest could be found on dry ridgetops in the Piedmont, Valley and Ridge, Cumberland Plateau and Highland Rim physiographic sections as far north as Marshall, Etowah and DeKalb counties. These ridgetop longleaf forests are typically called mountain longleaf forests. Native to the southeastern United States, the longleaf pine (Pinus palustris) grows from Virginia to Texas, inhabiting a variety of sites from very dry to seasonally wet areas. Its original range has been shapely reduced because of agriculture, harvesting and fire suppression.

Because of the dramatic reduction to the longleaf pine ecosystems, the Gopher Tortoise is now listed as a ”threatened” species by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

To learn more about upcoming collaborations between Birmingham Botanical Gardens and the Birmingham Zoo in the “Wilds to Woodlands” program, visit www.bbgardens.org/weekends.

 

 

Urban Farm Camp, Zoo Day

Wednesday, June 24th, 2015

Urban Farm Camp, Zoo Day

A new camp for 2015, Urban Farm Camp teaches children where their food comes from and how to grow it. During the week long, full-day camp, campers visited our neighbors at the Birmingham Zoo. Check out the photos!

 

Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

Monday, June 17th, 2013

Birmingham’s Butterfly Education and Awareness Day

This past Saturday, Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted the inaugral Birmingham Butterfly Education and Awareness Day. Among the organizations participating in the event were the Birmingham Zoo, McWane Science Center, Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve and native landscape expert Arnie Rutkis. Over 200 people enjoyed the day learning about butterfly species native to Alabama, native host plants that are essential to butterflies, and the release of over 40 native butterflies to Alabama.
 
The Gardens plans on this unique partnership becoming an annual event; we hope to see you next June!

Volunteers Work at the Birmingham Zoo Quail Habitat

Friday, December 9th, 2011

On Saturday, December 3, volunteers from our Certificate in Native Plant Studies series spent time working at the quail habitat at the Birmingham Zoo. This unique volunteer opportunity is one of many only available to participants in the program. For more information on how you can enroll in the program and take advantage of volunteer opportunities like these, visit our website. While you’re there, you can register for classes online.