Recent Videos and Activities for Nature

Manitou Cave

Manitou Cave is a mile-long cave near Fort Payne. It was a ceremonial site for Cherokees in the nineteenth century, and inscriptions in the Cherokee syllabary, created by Sequoyah, describe [more]

December 12, 2019

Alabama Red-Bellied Turtle

The Alabama red-bellied turtle was named the Alabama state reptile by the Alabama Legislature in 1990. Found almost exclusively in the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, the turtle is named for the color [more]

December 12, 2019

Alabama Canebrake Pitcher Plant

The Alabama canebrake pitcher plant is a carnivorous plant that is unique to Alabama, growing in only Autauga and Chilton counties. The canebrake is one of two Alabama pitcher plant [more]

December 12, 2019

Oak Mountain State Park

Oak Mountain State Park, located just south of Birmingham in Pelham, is Alabama’s largest state park. The park’s 9,000-plus acres include heavily forested hills and bottomlands. Set amidst a wooded [more]

December 12, 2019

Imported Fire Ants

Fire Ants, native to South America, first entered the United States through the port of Mobile. Two species are found in the state. Black imported fire ants probably arrived about [more]

December 10, 2019

Wetumpka Crater

The Wetumpka Crater in Elmore County is the result of an ancient meteoritic impact about 85 million years ago. The crescent-shaped ridge of hills rising up to 300 feet above [more]

November 27, 2019

Mobile-Tensaw Delta

The Mobile-Tensaw Delta, or simply the delta, is located directly north of Alabama’s Mobile Bay. This vast region of wetlands and broad river valley begins northward to the confluence of [more]

October 9, 2019

Wiregrass Region

The Wiregrass Region of Southeast Alabama is named for the long-stemmed grass of its native ecosystem. When the boll weevil devastated cotton crops in the early 1900s, farmers diversified their [more]

September 20, 2019

White Sand Beaches

Alabama’s Gulf Coast is renowned for its white sand beaches. Bordering the Gulf of Mexico, it is an important part of the quality of life for many of the state’s [more]

August 12, 2019

The Black Belt

The Black Belt of Alabama, named for its dark, rich soils, contains counties in the central part of the state. Alabama’s Black Belt is part of a larger crescent-shaped area [more]

August 12, 2019