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Join us Oct 16 for Hands-On Birding Experience


According to the national survey conducted by the US Fish and Wildlife Service approximately 71 million Americans are birdwatchers and spend more money on wildlife watching expeditions than hunting and fishing. The Alabama Department of Tourism has recognized this opportunity and initiated the development of eight birding trails across the state.

Under the leadership of the University of Alabama Center for Economic Development, the Alabama Cooperative Extension System (ACES) across the state has led the way in promoting and providing educational resources. ACES/Tuscaloosa County was instrumental in developing the West Alabama Birding Trail and assisting with several birding launches.

Join us for our next hands-on educational birding experience! Bring your picnic lunch on Friday, October 16, 2015 to Lake Lurleen State Park – Pavilion One. The fun begins at 9:00 am.  Lake Lurleen provides great birding opportunities for beginning birders as well as experts and has been named a Gateway Site on the West Alabama Birding Trail.

Agri-Tourism in Alabama

zucchini, tomatoes, bell peppers, eggplant, rhubarb, beans in the foreground, people buying and selling under umbrellas in soft focus in the background

Agri-tourism can take many forms. Roadside stands and farmers’ markets offer farm-fresh produce and interaction with growers. Farms may open to the public for wildlife watching and hunting. Ag tours, on farm bed-and-breakfasts, and dude ranches give tourists the fresh air, open space, and relaxation of country life.

U-pick operations, pumpkin patches, Christmas tree farms, hay mazes, farm-animal petting zoos, wine tasting, ag heritage museums, festivals, and fairs all attract visitors.

Find your Agri-Tourism destination today!