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January

Take a Hike-Pinhoti Trail with Anniston Outdoors

The JSU Field Schools partner with Anniston Outdoors to offer diverse moderate-level hikes each second Saturday of the month. Throughout the year, we will be hiking different sections of the Pinhoti trail.

Continuing south, this hike will begin at the USFS Road 531 crossing just south of the Lower Shoal Shelter and will end at the USFS Road 500 Trailhead located by a train track adjacent to the Shoal Creek District Ranger Office near US Hwy 78 and AL Hwy 281 (the Scenic Byway). This section is 6.6 miles and crosses several springs, offers a view from Sister Ridge, and travels by areas such as Brymer Gorge and the “Birds in the Pines” campsite. Participants should pack a lunch with something to drink and dress appropriately for the forecasted weather conditions on the day of the hike. The departure time and location for this outing will be 8:00 am from the Publix parking lot located across from the Oxford Exchange adjacent to Exit 188 on I-20 and US Hwy 78. Those planning to participate in this hike, should contact Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527 or by email atanniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com by Thursday, January 12.

Date: Second Saturdays each month; January 14, 2017   Where: Locations vary; Pinhoti Trail

Time: 8:00 am CST (may vary depending upon length of hike)

Fee: $5 per person; pre-registration required by contacting Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527 or by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com by Thursday, January 12.

 February

Take a Hike-Pinhoti Trail with Anniston Outdoors

The JSU Field Schools partner with Anniston Outdoors to offer diverse moderate-level hikes each second Saturday of the month. Throughout the year, we will be hiking different sections of the Pinhoti trail. Contact Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527 or by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com for details.

Date: Second Saturdays each month; February 11, 2017

Where: Locations vary; Pinhoti Trail    Time: 8:00 am CST (may vary depending upon length of hike)

Fee: $5 per person; pre-registration required by contacting Keith Hudson by phone at 256-453-9527 or by email at anniston.outdoor.assn@gmail.com by 5 days prior.

 

Birding Hike-Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count

Start your Saturday morning off with the birds (and a few fellow birders). JSU professor, Dr. Robert Carter, will be leading this birding hike at the Little River Canyon Center. This hike is for new and experienced birders. This will be a part of the Audubon’s annual Great Backyard Bird Count weekend. Launched in 1998 by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and National Audubon Society, the Great Backyard Bird Count was the first online citizen-science project to collect data on wild birds and to display results in near real-time. Now, more than 160,000 people worldwide join the four-day count each February to create an annual snapshot of the distribution and abundance of birds. Things to Bring: Plenty of water, snacks, sturdy shoes (open toe shoes are not recommended), binoculars (if you have them). Please be sure to dress appropriately according to seasonal temperatures/weather.

WEATHER: As with all outdoor events, if it's raining/stormy or very poor trail conditions, we may have to cancel. If the weather is questionable, please check with the park before leaving home. Any last minute changes will also be noted on our Facebook page. Please make every effort to arrive early or on time so that you do not hold up the group.

Date: Saturday, February 18, 2017  Where: Meet in the lobby of the Little River Canyon Center  Time: 9 am (CST)

Fee: Free and open to the public

For details, contact 256-845-3548                                                                                                                                                 

For more information contact the JSU Field School office at (256) 845-3548 or (256) 782-8010

 

 

 

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