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It doesn't take much exploration to realize Alabama is rich in natural resources. The diversity of both plant and animal species is incredible, and can be experienced year round from the northernmost places in Alabama to the Gulf Coast. Did you know there are 420 bird species on the Alabama Ornithological Society (AOS) State List? As we move into late fall, most of the neotropical migrants (e.g. Cerulean Warbler, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Indigo Bunting, etc.) have already departed or passed through Alabama on their journey south. Neotropical migrants are birds that breed in North America and spend their winter in Central or South America or the Caribbean. While we won't be seeing these birds anymore this year...

Campfires and Bigfoot

Alabama State Parks is proud to be a Community Partner of Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics. We join with them in their efforts to share the Seven Principles of Leave No Trace in every park across the country. Through educational programs, learning trails, trainer courses, special events, and more, Alabama State Parks is able to highlight what it means to be good stewards of the land.

The Science of Leaf Color

Temperatures are dropping, daylength is decreasing, and there are fewer hours of sunlight each day. These things trigger the trees to begin making changes for the cooler months ahead. These changes affect leaf pigmentation and cause the beautiful fall colors we see in Alabama State Parks and beyond.

The Cranes are Coming

The whooping crane (Grus americana) is one of just two crane species found in North America. As the tallest flying bird in North America, it stands five feet tall and has a seven to eight foot wing span!

Watching for Monarchs

Have you noticed the hint of autumn in the air? It is probably safe to say most folks across Alabama breathe a sigh of relief when the weather patterns begin their seasonal shift from summer to fall. These changes signal more than just a break from the heat as many migrating animals begin their journey south. One such critter is the monarch butterfly. These beauties usually pass through Alabama in late September and early October as they head to their wintering grounds in Mexico.

Honoring the Work of the CCC

According to the US Department of Labor, "Labor Day is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country." In honor of the upcoming Labor Day holiday, it is only appropriate to pay tribute to the men of the Civilian Conservation Corps and their handiwork in Alabama State Parks.

Watershed Wonder

Alabama is rich with water resources! This state is home to the greatest number of freshwater fishes, snails, mussels, crayfishes, and turtles in the US. With 14 major river basins in the state that can be broken down into over 600 smaller watersheds, good stewardship is crucial to our water resources! The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources provides a great aquatic education program which shares how we can each do our part to ensure Alabama's water resources are here for generations to come.

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

Sweet summertime! Schools across the state are finishing up for the semester, and Alabama State Parks are gearing up for a busy summer enjoying the the great Alabama outdoors. We sure hope you will join us as we take on new adventures and enjoy the many things that make our parks so special! On May 30, there will be a FREE event at Buck's Pocket State Park in Grove Oak, AL.

Waterfalls and Wildflowers

Have you been to an Alabama State Park lately to enjoy the scenery along the many miles of hiking trails? Thanks to the amount of rainfall we received during the end of March and beginning of April, many of our waterfalls are flowing and the wildlflowers are really beginning to bloom!

Springtime Fishin'

Alabama boasts wonderful opportunity for anglers of all experience levels and interests. With more than 47,000 miles of perennial rivers and streams and 30,000 more miles of intermittent streams, Alabama has vast water resources that are home to the highest number of freshwater fish species in the United States. While it is crucial that we protect these valuable resources, we can also enjoy them!

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