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Birds & BBQ
March 27, 2016, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
One of Birmingham Audubon’s Urban Bird Habitat Initiative sites, Limestone Park, is an interesting combination of wetlands, grasslands, and Tupelo gum swamp that provides habitat for wading birds, swamp and marsh birds, grassland species, and some waterfowl in winter. You will also find songbirds and shorebirds in migration at this site. Best birds are Anhinga (breeds in and around the park), and Bobolinks, Dickcissels, and Grasshopper Sparrows (late spring). A Roseate Spoonbill is sometimes spotted here in summer.
Located in a rural industrial area in southern Shelby County, this park preserves a rich remnant of the habitat mosaic that makes this area especially attractive to birds. The Birmingham Audubon‘s Conservation Committee is currently working with the City of Alabaster and other partners to reintroduce prairie and enrich the habitat at this popular birding site.
Directions: From I-65 in Shelby County, take exit 238 to US 31 South. Follow US 31 south for 4.2 miles, turning right onto a gravel road with a yellow pipe gate. The address is 2400 Highway 31 South, Alabaster, AL 35080. There is no admission fee. The gate to the park is open from 6 a.m. to dusk, throughout the year. The gate is just past Saginaw Pipe and the entrance sign of a mobile home area. There is a handicapped-accessible birding observation deck overlooking the wetlands on the north-western side of the park, with adjacent parking for all.
Meet in the parking lot close to the first lake you encounter on the gravel road leading into the park. Please join us at 2 p.m. for a fun and educational afternoon. We will have binoculars to loan to those who need them. After we are through looking at birds, we will reconvene at the nearby Jim ‘N Nicks BBQ Restaurant.
For more information, email Hans Paul firstname.lastname@example.org.