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Half-Day Field Trip: Turkey Creek Nature Preserve
March 5, 2016, 8:00 am–12:00 pm
Turkey Creek is one of our local treasured gems and home to some of Alabama’s most outstanding natural beauty. Woods on both sides of the road provide habitat for wintering birds.
Also a site on the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail, Turkey Creek is a fast-flowing stream with rapids and waterfalls. This is the also the home of the Vermillion Darter (which lives only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world), the Watercress Darter and the Rush Darter. We should expect to see Cedar Waxwings, and Pileated and Hairy woodpeckers. Winter Wrens are sometimes seen along the stream near exposed tree roots. Species like American Goldfinches and sparrows should also be seen.
Plan to join us on Saturday, March 5 at 8 a.m. for our half-day field trip. Bring snacks and water, binoculars and cameras. Extra binoculars will be available for loan for those that might need them. We will meet at the small museum at the preserve.
Directions: From I 20 E/ I 59 N take exit 128 Tallapoosa Street/ Hwy 79. Continue for approximately 12 miles. Turn left onto Narrows Road, travel 0.25 miles to the entrance of Turkey Creek Nature Preserve.
Trip Leader: Susan Barrow (H)205-942-8667 (C)205-253-8667
A site on the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve is the home of both outstanding natural beauty and the vermillion darter, an endangered fish species found nowhere else in the world. The preserve contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats in the region. The waters of the creek are home to three endangered species of fish: the Vermillion Darter, the Watercress Darter, and the Rush Darter. As well as a safe haven for wildlife, TCNP provides recreational opportunities for the general public and hands-on environmental education for young people, with programs about aquatic ecology, water quality, American history, and more. More than 100,000 visitors enjoy TCNP each year. -Southern Environmental Center