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3rd Annual MLK Day Habitat Restoration at W. E. Putnam

January 20 , 9:00 am 1:00 pm

Join Alabama Audubon and our partners at Jones Valley Teaching Farm for a morning 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 and focus on other trail maintenance and upkeep for the 1,500+ native plants we installed in November.

Learn more about our ongoing work at Putnam here.

The details: Meetup is at 9 a.m. in the school’s main 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’ll be working back there most of the day. 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. Executive Director Ansel Payne will be the trip leader. His cell is 304-533-4741 (day of event only, please). In the event of inclement weather, feel free to contact the trip leader 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! 

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