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AnhingaWorking Field Trip to Limestone Park and Optional Lunch At Vizzini Farms Winery
Saturday, May 3, 2104
8 a.m.

Join Birmingham Audubon performing conservation work at Limestone Park and be rewarded with birding and fellowship. We will begin our day with an hour of birding at 8 a.m. We hope to start the day by spotting migrating shorebirds, songbirds as well as resident grassland and wetland birds. Sighting an anhinga is even a distinct possibility.  READ MORE 

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 April 2014 10:54 )
 
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Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
Half-day Field Trip
Saturday, May 3, 2014
Time: Meet at Turkey Creek Preserve at 8 a.m.
Trip Leader: Susan Barrow

Turkey Creek waterfallTurkey Creek Nature Preserve, a site on the Appalachian Highlands portion of the Alabama Birding Trail, is home to some of Alabama's most outstanding natural beauty and some of its more interesting fauna. The creek, a tributary of the Black Warrior River, helps to create biodiverse habitats that not only provides for a multitude of bird species, but within the creek itself one can find three endangered endemic fish: vermillion darters, watercress darters, and rush darters. Turkey Creek is the only place in the entire world where one could see vermillion darters.

During our excursion to the preserve, we hope to encounter spring migrants such as warblers, vireos, tanagers, and flycatchers. Year round residents of the area include herons, kingfishers and hawks.

Please meet at Turkey Creek Preserve Nature Center at 8 a.m. The center is located at 3906 Turkey Creek Road, Pinson, Alabama 35126. We will be met there by Charles Yeager, manager of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, who will provide us with us a history of the area and answer any of our questions.

Directions from Birmingham: take Interstate 20 East/Interstate-59 North. Exit at Tallapoosa Street (exit #128). Keep right at the fork to merge onto Highway.79/Tallapoosa Street. Continue on these roads for approximately 11.9 miles. Turn left onto Narrows Road (at the intersection of Hwy 75). Turn right onto Turkey Creek Road.

This is a half-day trip; there are places to picnic, if desired. There are four trails open on the preserve for hiking. Bring water or snacks
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Trip Leader: Susan Barrow 205-942-8667 or 205-253-8667

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 April 2014 14:19 )
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Limestone Park Beginning Bird Walk 3-30-14Limestone Park BBW 2014

On a warm sunny Sunday, approximately 60 adults and children gathered at one of the Alabama Birding Trail sites, Limestone Park in Alabaster, for a Beginner Bird Walk sponsored by Birmingham Audubon. 

The event started with Greg Harber releasing a rehabilitated Northern bobwhite. The bird flew off as soon as the box was cracked open showing its healthy status.


Ken Wills and Dick Mills talked about Birmingham Audubon's part in the conservation efforts at Limestone includingthe planting of prairie plants and the removal of evasive plants. Ken led the group to observe birds at the park's pond and on the handicapped accessible bird blind, installed overlooking the wetland area of the park. Birmingham Audubon members Anne Miller and Maureen Shaffer were recognized for their efforts in getting the bird platform built. Ken ended the bird walk by taking participants on a real "snipe hunt" and flushing 11 snipe for participants to observe.

For access to the al.com blog written about the birdwalk at Limestone Park CLICK HERE.

Enjoy more photos of the event taken by Pat Dortch.

Last Updated ( Monday, 14 April 2014 11:07 )
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