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Aug 22

County, State Partnership Renovates Oak Mountain State Park Treetop Nature Trail

Posted on August 22, 2014 at 4:15 PM by Clint Dailey

Shelby County and the State of Alabama’s Department of Conservation and Natural Resources recently partnered and completed renovations and improvements to Oak Mountain State Park’s Treetop Nature Trail.


The popular Treetop Trail includes bird enclosures operated by the Alabama Wildlife Center ( whose goal is to rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds. The Treetop Nature trail is an important part of the organization’s public outreach and includes six enclosures that house red tailed hawks, great horned owls, turkey vultures, black vultures, barn owls and barred owls.


The trail improvements included renovations to approximately 300 linear feet of the elevated wooden boardwalk, safety related structures, structural bolstering and painting. The project began in late April of 2014 and was completed in August of 2014 and culminated in the reintegration of the birds to their improved enclosures.  The below video shows the birds being released into their improved environments and includes a release of a Cooper Hawk.

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