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Field Trip: Oxford—Choccolocco Park

Eastern meadowlark by Charles Grisham.

April 23, 2022 , 7:00 am 3:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, April 22nd.

Registration is now closed. Check out our other upcoming events here.

Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.

Just west of the Talladega National Forest, Choccolocco Park features several walking and biking trails that wind around a thirty-three acre lake, a historic Native American mound, and along Choccolocco Creek. The walking and biking trails make up a combined length of over 2.7 miles and includes an interpretive trail that tells the history of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation that once inhabited the area. We’ll spend our time looking around the park for spring migrants, meadowlarks, sparrows, and raptors.

The details: If you’re in Birmingham, meetup is at 7 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot adjacent to the Chick-fil-a on Montclair Rd (1648 Montclair Rd.). For those coming from other areas, we will plan to meet in the main Choccolocco Park (954 Leon Smith Parkway, Oxford) parking lot at 8 a.m. (The first parking lot off of Leon Smith Parkway, not the lots for the ball fields unless needed for overflow.)

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate attire. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable.

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Accessibility: This trip will be fully accessible with a paved path throughout; however, there are limited places to sit and rest along the path.

Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.

The food: Bring snacks and a picnic lunch if you would like, though there are several restaurant options nearby in the Anniston/Oxford area.

The birds: Expect to see spring migrants, meadowlarks, sparrows, and raptors. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the park here. Share your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!

Trip leaders: Linda Neighbors (205-568-5554) and Anne Miller (205-902-1389) will lead this trip. Please contact them on the day of the field trip only.

Questions? Email the Programs Assistant.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.