Turkey 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
Trip Leader: Susan Barrow 205-942-8667 or 205-253-8667