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Runaway Branch Park

This area tends to attract many migrants in spring and fall. The park rings with the songs of the Prothonotary Warbler starting in April. Yellow-throated Warblers, Northern Parulas, and Pine Warblers are well represented here, as well.  On the banks an …

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Living River

Living River is a retreat and conference center recently built by a group of Birmingham Presbyterian churches to provide the visitors with a great outdoor  experience. There is a clearing on the north side of the road featuring a canoe launch and swimm …

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Red-cockaded Woodpecker Colony

The Oakmulgee Division of the Talladega National Forest is home to the largest concentration of endangered Red-cockaded Woodpeckers in the state of Alabama – in excess of 100 groups, clusters of the birds live here.

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Lock 5 Park

Maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lock 5 Park is a smaller park with restrooms, picnic tables, a boat ramp, and plenty of nature to see. The dam was destroyed years ago leaving a marker in the river where the dam once was. Because of this …

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Forkland Campground

The campground features a large body of deep water, a boat ramp, picnic area, restrooms, and plenty of nature to view. Expect to see the usual birds of riparian woodlands: many Northern Parulas, Yellow-throated Warblers, Prothonotary Warblers,  Acadian …

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Backbone Boat Ramp

In spring and summer, this site is great for viewing Prothonotary Warblers, Northern Parulas and Yellow-throated Warblers.  Common Yellowthroats are semi-permanent inhabitants of the shrubs and grasses and an be viewed here as well. Look closely for Pu …

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Old Lock 8 Park

This site is great for viewing bluebirds, goldfinches, towhees, Red-headed Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, Great Horned Owls, and Field Sparrows all year. Prairie warblers and Chats are also common from spring through early fall. Swamp and Song Sparrows …

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Old Lock 7 Complex, West Damsite Park

The Lock 7 Recreation Area and West Damsite Park has a Southern and Northern component. The southern section is more open and park-like. It features a large parking area,picnic tables, and a shaded camping area. This section of the park also has higher …

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Arcola Boat Ramp

This overall area is often also known as the Hale County Bottoms. The fields here are full of Meadowlarks and Dickcissels, in warmer months. A few Lark Sparrows and Grasshopper Sparrows breed here. In winter months, look for sparrows (Savannah, Vesper, …

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Barnett Lawley Forever Wild Field Trial Area

This area provides potential for habitat restoration and recreational opportunities. The property, formerly known as the “State Cattle Ranch” has become a premier location for sporting dog competitions. On the property you will also find bird species s …

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