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North Alabama Birding Trail Public Meetings Scheduled
October 29, 2003
The Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ Nongame Wildlife Program officially announced that they will be developing the North Alabama Birding Trail over the next year. The project began September 10 and completion is expected by spring 2005.
A series of public meetings is scheduled throughout north
Monday, Nov. 10, 4 p.m., Jackson County Chamber of Commerce Bldg., 407 East Willow Street, Scottsboro, AL 35768. Local contact: J.P. Parsons, Jackson Co. Chamber of Commerce, 256-259-5500.
Wednesday, Nov. 12, 6:30 p.m., Colbert County Complex, 1101 E. U.S. Highway 72, Tuscumbia, AL 35674. Local contact: Susann Hamlin, Colbert County Tourism & Convention Bureau, 256-383-0783.
Thursday, Nov. 13, and (two meetings) Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters,
Friday, Nov. 14, ,
Friday, Nov. 14, , Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau Office,
Funding for the $280,000 project is from a federal grant to the state to provide recreation and education about
Through a competitive bid process, the Division selected FERMATA, Inc., an Austin, Texas-based company, to lead trail development efforts. FERMATA is
The Trail will include approximately 50 diverse birding sites traversing the
A wayfinding sign at the site location and directional signage along highways and roads will identify each site selected. A trail map and guide, as well as an informational brochure, will be published. These materials will provide site locations, bird photos, and specific site characteristics related to birdwatching and significant habitat types. Kiosks will be constructed in six to eight key sites to provide detailed information about the Trail and the nature of north
The presence of a birding trail in
The Department of Conservation’s Web site, www.dcnr.state.al.us, contains a link to the project Web site that will carry updates on the trail’s progress. For more information, contact Mark Sasser, Nongame Wildlife Coordinator, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries,
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