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

October 12, 2019 , 9:00 am 2:00 pm

October 2018 Habitat Restoration Day at Putnam Middle School. Photo: Mike Fernandez/Audubon.
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Register now! 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. Our plan is to have all invasive species removed at the first event so we may begin planting native plants to restore the meadow and other areas of the preserve during the October 12th event. 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.


October 12, 2019
9:00 am–2:00 pm
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Alabama Audubon
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1757 Montclair Road
Birmingham, 35210 United States
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