Spring is officially here! Trees and shrubs are putting on their new leaves, warm season grasses are beginning to break dormancy, and many migrating birds have made their trek back to breeding grounds. The displays of spring are all around us, and Alabama State Parks have plenty of sights to see. Have you ever thought about what your favorite spring nature sighting is?
As winter is winding down so that spring can be ushered in with its bright blooms and fascinating migrants, Alabama State Parks have plenty of sights to see. We encourage you to take advantage of the warming weather and plan a visit to the parks. Spring break is coming up for many of you, and the parks are a great way to get the kids outside. Spending time in nature has been shown to have many benefits, and the Nature Conservancy put together a great infographic detailing some of these (see below).
Alabama State Parks are full of quiet places to retreat from hustle and bustle and enjoy the sights and sounds of nature. Alabama offers both its residents and visitors opportunities to see an overwhelming variety of plant and animal species. From the foothills of the Appalachians to the Gulf of Mexico, Alabama provides habitat to the fifth largest number of plant and animal species of any state in the United States!
For many people, the month of January is a time to return from the holiday schedule to work, school, and the normal routine. For the folks at Lake Guntersville State Park, January represents the return of the esteemed Eagle Awareness weekends. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Eagle Awareness, and there is a sense of excitement in the air with each of this year’s programs.
Welcome to the new Alabama State Parks Explorer! As we celebrate our 75th year of service, we are proud to launch this new venture to help us share information about our parks with you. This column will feature a wide range of articles to include event announcements, details from parks history, stories from our parks staff, articles about our beautiful and diverse landscapes, and much more.