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February Field Trip to Gadsden
February 4, 2017, 7:00 am–3:00 pm
Photo by Paul Franklin for Alabama Birding Trails.
The Birmingham Audubon February Full-day Field Trip at James D. Martin Wildlife Park, Gadsden on Saturday, February 4, 2017, 7:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
The James D. Martin Wildlife Park, located behind the Gadsden Mall and a stop on the Appalachian Highlands section of the Alabama Birding Trail, is a haven for bird life year-round, and on this outing we’ll see a diversity of waterfowl that winter there, and perhaps sight a Bald Eagle or two.
A network of boardwalks extends over the 300-acre lake, which is an impoundment of the Coosa River, and connects to several wooded islands in the lake. Resident and winter passerines can be observed on the islands, while the boardwalks offer the best views of the waterfowl. Also, there is an island situated behind the mall where we might find herons or egrets that will nest there later in the year.
Plans: Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Eastwood Village Chick-fil-A, located at 1648 Montclair Rd, Irondale, AL 35210. We will carpool and caravan from there to the park in Gadsden. Be sure to bring a lunch and dress warmly for the weather, as we will be on or near the water most of the day.
Trip leaders: Susan Barrow, 205-253-8667, Matt Hunter, 205-915-8186, and Anne Miller, 205-902-1389.