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Ruffner Moutain Nature Preserve Field Trip
October 3, 2015, 7:00 am–12:00 pm
One of the special natural places in Alabama is Birmingham’s own Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve located mere minutes from the city center in the South East Lake neighborhood. This 1,011 acre park will be the site of Birmingham Audubon’s October half-day field trip.
The preserve is many things: a wildlife sanctuary, a historic park showcasing the region’s industrial and mining heritage, host to a wetland complex, a leading example of LEED Gold construction and the host of two sites on the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail.
The second growth forests of the preserve are comprised of mixed oak-hickory forests with basswoods, pawpaw and hackberry adding to the mix. These elements attract both migrant and resident birds.
Travel Plans: Please meet in the parking lot of the preserve near the Treehouse Visitor’s Center at 7 a.m. **10-2-15 update about parking: ‘Ruffner is having a wedding at the Back Porch and the lower parking lot will be reserved for the wedding party. Birders should park in the upper lot only. The exception will be for those that are leaving the lot before 10 am. In case some of the younger birders or families want to join in, we are also having Story Time from 10 – 11 am in the Treehouse Visitor Center as well.” Thank you!!
Address: Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
1214 81st Street South
Birmingham, Alabama 35206
GPS: 33.559635 86.699038
For more information, please contact trip leader: Maureen Shaffer 205-822-8728 (home) 205-222-2662 (mobile)