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Audubon Teaches Nature: Geology & Paleontology
February 19, 2017, 2:00 pm–4:00 pm
Forever Wild Tract Coon Creek by Ken Wills.
Geology and Paleontology in Alabama: a Treasure Underfoot
Dana Ehret, Guest Speaker
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center
Alabama is widely known for the diversity of its plant and animal life, its beautiful landscapes and the abundant riches of its freshwater and marine life. We in Alabama are truly blessed to be able to enjoy and reap the rewards of this natural beauty.
It’s easy to overlook that what lies underneath all of this natural beauty and forget that it too is a treasure. Alabama’s ancient history is written in its rocks and geological formations, and buried in those, like chapters in a book, are its paleontological treasures. Our guest speaker for February’s seminar, Dr. Dana Ehret, of the Alabama Museum of Natural History in Tuscaloosa, will present a general overview of geology and paleontology of Alabama.
If you are like me, you’ll want to hear what Dana has to say, for two reasons: one, it’s a chance to broaden your knowledge, and two, it will add an extra dimension to our Audubon field trips. When you see these formations and fossils for yourself, you’ll have a better appreciation for what treasures lie underfoot, and how they might influence those plants, animals and birds that we see topside.
Remember to come early to enjoy refreshments in the Observation Room (and the birds at the feeders) at the Alabama Wildlife Center, and then, when it’s time for the program, we’ll proceed to the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center.
Next month’s seminar:
Mysteries of Bird Migration
Anne G. Miller, Guest Speaker
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center
Programs are held at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, and the adjacent Oak Mountain Interpretive Center. Admission to the park is $ $5 per adult (age 12+), $2 per child (age 4 to 11), $2 per senior (age 62+) and free for ages 3 & under. There is no charge for the ATN program.
The 2016-2017 Season of Audubon Teaches Nature is co-sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and the Friends of Oak Mountain.