In the early 1990's, a wonderful and generous couple, Diane S. and Paul Trammell Sessions, Jr., wanted to protect 3.3 acres of property they owned between their house and Shades Creek, as wildlife habitat. They determined to make a gift of the property to Birmingham Audubon Society. Unfortunately, Mrs. Sessions passed away before the gift could be completed. Following through on their joint decision, Mr. Sessions, on December 30,1996, deeded the Property to the Society. In addition, Mr. Sessions made a significant cash donation to fund the maintenance of the sanctuary.
Since acquiring the property, Birmingham Audubon Society has maintained it as a bird, plant and wildlife sanctuary. Twice a year, the Sanctuary Committee and other members work at the property to keep down invasive plants and trees and have certain areas mowed to promote bird habitat. Professors from Samford University and Birmingham Southern College have used the property as a field classroom for some of their courses.
Some of the birds seen on or near the property are:
Wood Duck, Belted Kingfisher, Red-shouldered Hawk, Carolina Chickadee, Brown-headed Nuthatch, American Robin, American Crow, Northern Cardinal and a number of others.
Some of the wildflowers seen on the propeerty include:
Angelica, Atamasco Lily, Perfoliate Bellwort, Blue Star, Virginia Bluebells, Geranium, Cross Vine, Toothwort, Asiatic Dayflower