Posts Tagged ‘Ruffner Mountain’

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!

BSC Student Kate LeCroy Begins Project at The Gardens

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

On Tuesday, Birmingham-Southern Biology major, Kate LeCroy, dropped by The Gardens to begin a project. Kate is trying to learn more about moth pollination. She placed a trap here here to attract moths. When she collects the moths, she will look at their tongues for pollen. “That way, I hope to make a moth visitation network,” she said.

LeCroy is currently looking at grad schools, but she has already put her stamp on the field. Recently, she discovered the Symphyotrichum laeve var concinnum at Ruffner Mountain Quarry, the first such occurence in Jefferson County.  LeCroy hopes to learn more about her findings from this project in the next few weeks.