4 environmental volunteering opportunities in Birmingham worth checking out

Birmingham Councilor Clinton Woods cleaned up the community with BWR. (Charles Scribner/Black Warrior Riverkeeper)

Exciting news for all nature lovers looking for volunteer opportunities in Birmingham—Alabama Wildlife Center (AWC), Freshwater Land Trust (FLT), Black Warrior Riverkeeper (BWR), and the Jefferson County Department of Health (JCDH). ) are looking for volunteers. Here’s what you need to know.

1. AWC Volunteer Orientation is Sunday, August 14

AWC looks forward to welcoming more volunteers to the team. (Alabama Wildlife Center/Facebook)

AWC, Alabama’s oldest and largest wildlife rehabilitation center, recently announced it was looking for volunteers to help provide care for orphaned and injured birds. Interested in joining the team? Don’t miss their Volunteer Orientation which will be held Sunday, August 14 from 2-4 p.m. at Oak Mountain State Park.

The orientation will last 1 to 2 hours. Prepare to dress comfortably. The entrance price is:

  • Adults (12 and over): $5
  • Children (6-11 years old): $2
  • Seniors (62+): $2

What to expect

This one-of-a-kind volunteer experience allows you to get involved in many ways, whether you plan to volunteer daily or weekly or help out at the facility or in the community. Volunteer opportunities include:

  • Feed patients in the nursery, solarium and raptor flight cages
  • Maintain a clean space for birds as they heal
  • Assist clinic staff with animal examinations
  • After

You must be 18 or older to volunteer. Learn more about AWC’s volunteer opportunities here.

2. Non-stop volunteer opportunities with BWR

volunteer opportunities in Birmingham
BWR volunteers with Air Force ROTC Detachment 012 at Samford University. (Charles Scribner/Black Warrior Riverkeeper)

Another environmental organization that offers volunteer opportunities in Birmingham is BWR. According to their website, BWR’s mission is to protect and restore the Black Warrior River and its tributaries. A bonus is that they are always looking for new volunteers and have tons of projects suitable for anyone looking to help out.

These projects include:

  • Action Alert Response
  • Cleanings
  • Data entry
  • Media
  • Sensitization
  • To research

“Black Warrior Riverkeeper enthusiastically offers a wide variety of volunteer opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and locations. From cleaning up trash to researching pollution to helping out at public events, we have fun and rewarding ways for anyone to get involved in watershed stewardship.

Charles Scribner, Executive Director, Black Warrior Riverkeeper

Want to join the cause? Email or call Charles Scribner. For updates on volunteer opportunities, sign up for their monthly volunteer newsletter.

3. New opportunities with FLT

Freshwater Land Trust
Volunteers at Seven Springs in Birmingham. (Freshwater Land Trust)

Interested in creating green spaces and trails for our community and future generations? We recommend that you get involved with FLT. They take pride in conserving the land and building trails to make our communities healthier and happier, through several volunteer opportunities.

You can volunteer with FLT individually or with a group. Potential group volunteer activities range from litter cleanup to shoreline stabilization and more. Requirements for volunteer groups include:

  • Apply 30 days before the scheduled start date
  • Groups of at least 10 volunteers
  • Each volunteer must complete a waiver

Individual volunteers can participate in three areas:

  • Trail User Counts and Surveys
  • Annual working days
  • Eagle scout & service projects

Start your volunteer journey by contacting [email protected]

4. Valley Creek cleanup by JCDH | Saturday August 13

JDCH is looking for participants to join them for the Vally Creek cleanup which will take place on Saturday, August 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. Participants can remove trash and trash along the creek bank at five locations, including:

Cleaning supplies will be provided and participants ages 12-15 must be accompanied by an adult. To become a participant, email or call Scott Hofer.

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