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Habitat Restoration at Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve, W. E. Putnam Middle School

September 21, 2019, 9:00 am2:00 pm

Habitat Restoration Day at Putnam Middle School 20 October 2018. Photo: Mike Fernandez / Audubon

UPDATE: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we must cancel our habitat restoration day scheduled for Saturday, September 21st, at Putnam Middle School. We apologize for the last minute cancellation. We will still plan on having our second work date of October 12th, and we hope you can join us then (when hopefully the weather is cooler!). Click here for the October 12th work date info.

Join Birmingham Audubon and our partners at Jones Valley Teaching Farm for a day of outdoor work and service at the Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve at Birmingham’s W.E. Putnam Middle School (1757 Montclair Road). With an abundance of mature pines, understory natives, and large oaks, Putnam’s ten acres represent much-needed urban habitat for Red-tailed Hawks, Yellow-rumped Warblers, and climate-endangered Brown-headed Nuthatches. Together, we’ll make that habitat even better by removing invasive plant species (e.g. Chinese privet, sacred bamboo, English ivy) from the property’s southern woodland trail, the first step in our longterm plan to improve breeding conditions for the school’s resident nuthatch population. We’ll have two opportunities this fall, which are open to the public: Saturday, September 21st, and Saturday, October 12th.

The details: Meetup is at 9 a.m. in the school’s side parking lot. If we aren’t in the parking lot when you get there, walk around the back of the school and meet us in the Jones Valley Teaching Farm area. We will be back there working on the trails. All are welcome! 

If you have pruning shears, pruning saws, or loppers, please consider bringing them along; you’ll also want work gloves, although we’ll have a few extra pairs on hand. Long pants and sleeves are recommended due to poison ivy.

Trip leader: Birmingham Audubon’s own Chris Oberholster and Lianne Koczur lead this volunteer event. His cell is 205-966-1547, and hers is 413-262-1981 (day of event only, please). If you have questions, please email us. In the event of inclement weather, feel free to contact the trip leaders the morning of the event.

Want to join our Habitat Volunteer Corps? Visit alaudubon.org/volunteer for more info and to sign up to help us maintain the Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve throughout the year! Learn more about our ongoing work at Putnam here.

If you or your organization require proof of community service hours, please email us prior to the event for documentation.


September 21, 2019
9:00 am–2:00 pm
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Alabama Audubon
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W. E. Putnam Middle School
1757 Montclair Road
Birmingham, 35210 United States
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