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September Field Trip

September 17, 2016, 7:00 am12:00 pm

*Event Cover Photo by AlabamaBirder.com/Charles Grisham*
September Field Trip
Ebenezer Swamp, Meadowview Elementary School and Limestone Park
Saturday, September 17, 2016, 7:00 a.m.

Ebenezer Swamp and nearby Meadowview Elementary School and Limestone Park will surely attract a wide range of migrant songbirds given the varied habitat found in these three local birding sites.

As the name implies, Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve is an upland hardwood swamp, populated with trees typical of this habitat: mainly tupelo gum, but also a mixture of other hardwoods and pines. A boardwalk, built and maintained by the University of Montevallo, provides handicapped access well into the interior. Bird life here is plentiful and the photographers among us will find the scenery and dark waters appealing. Meadowview Elementary School, located nearby, offers wonderful birding opportunities as well.

Limestone Park features much more open habitat than what is found in the hardwood swamp, and thus showcases a different suite of bird life. Eastern meadowlarks and killdeer are often seen and heard calling from the open grassy areas, while the marsh and central pond will likely hold a variety of wading and shorebirds. Waterfowl and raptors are also a good bet here.

Plans: Meet at 7:00 a.m. at the Alabaster McDonald’s at I-65, Exit #238, located at 205 S Colonial Drive , Alabaster AL 35007. The group will carpool and depart from here to our first birding destination, and depending on the birding and weather conditions will finish our outing at Limestone Park.

Trip leaders: Susan Barrow, 205-253-8667, Anne G. Miller, 205-902-1389 and Jean Folsom.

October Field Trips at a glance:
October 1, Oak Mountain State Park
October 22, Montgomery area birding sites

Details

Date:
September 17, 2016
Time:
7:00 am–12:00 pm
Event Category:

Organizer

Venue

Ebenezer Ecological Preserve
1080 County Road 24
Montevallo, AL 35115 United States
Phone:
205-664-6800
Website:
http://www.montevallo.edu/campus-life/campus/ebenezer-swamp/