Appalachian Highland Birding Trail and LRC-Cherokee County Gateway Site Launch Set for Saturday, May 12


The Appalachian Highland Birding Trail Kick Off and The Little River Canyon-Cherokee County Gateway Site Launch will be Saturday, May 12. 

Canyon Center Hours of Operation are from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. For driving directions to the Canyon Center, please click here.

All activities are FREE!

10:30 a.m. Bird Watching for Beginners (NPS)
11 a.m. Nature Observation Hike (JSU Field Schools)
11:30 a.m. Make and Take Hummingbird Feeders Children's Craft (JSU Field Schools)
1 p.m.


Pete Conroy, EPIC Director

Nisa Miranda, AHBT Project Manager

Anne Miller, AHBT Project Leader

Light Refreshments

2 p.m. Live Bird of Prey Show- Renee Morrison, JSU Field Schools

On-going Learning Stations & Exhibits

JSU Field Schools Wild about Birds Station (Migration Game)

National Park Service Migratory Birds and Information Station and Bird Walks

Alabama Ornithology Society How Big Are Birds? Station  

 Audubon Society Flying Wild Station

Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce 

Other AHBT Gateway Site Exhibits

 Talladega Mountains Natural Resource Center   

 Cheaha State Park   

 Ruffner Mountain Nature Center   

 Oak Mountain Interpretive Center  

 Anniston Museum of Natural History

Off Site Programs

Birds & Blooms: Spring Wildflower Hike at DeSoto State Park 

One of the most beautiful times of the year at DeSoto State Park!  Join DSP Staff on an easy meandering hike along the  ADA-Accessible Azalea Cascade Boardwalk Trail to see blooming-species of plants. Easy Terrain

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Where:  Meet at the Nature Center (Next to DeSoto’s Country Store) 

Time: 10:00-12:00

Fee: Free to the public; registration appreciated but not required. Great for all ages!  Call 256.997.5025 or see  for more details!

Endangered Species (Red-cockaded Woodpecker) Hike (Talladega National Forest)

Join USFS Biologist Jonathon Stober for an interpretive hike in the RCW management areas of  the Shoal Creek District of the Talladega National Forest. Moderate terrain.

Date: Saturday, May 12, 2012

Where: Meet at the Shoal Creek Ranger Station (near Heflin, AL).  Please bring a daypack with plenty of water/snacks & wear comfortable shoes/clothes. Not recommended for children under 8 y ears of age.

Time: 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Fee: $5 per person; pre-registration required by May 4, 2012

Call 256-782-5697 for more information or to pre-register.