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Annual MLK Day Habitat Restoration at W. E. Putnam Middle School


January 16 , 9:00 am 1:00 pm

Pre-registration is requested by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, January 13th. 

Didn’t get to register? You can still meet us there!

Join Alabama Audubon 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 hawksYellow-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 focusing on other trail maintenance and upkeep for the outdoor classroom in the forest.

Learn more about our ongoing work at Putnam here.

The details: Meetup is at 9 a.m. in the parking lot off Briar Meadow Road. 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, and/or loppers, please consider bringing them along. You’ll also want work gloves, although we’ll have a few extra pairs on-hand.

Trip leader: Alabama Audubon’s own Lianne Koczur leads this volunteer event. Her cell is 413-262-1981 (day-of-event only, please). If you have questions, please email lianne@audubon. In the event of inclement weather, feel free to reach out 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.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. This same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable and inclusive opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes everyong to participate in our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events welcome, inclusive, and accessible to all.