We are having a blast geocaching in this beautiful park. They really go all out here with the geocaches. The walking paths take you to beautiful streams with walkways over the water. This is my kind of geocache, the kind that take you to awesome places you would not think to visit without the cache being hidden there. :-)
We also walked more trails through the woods and and watched tons of birds. Afterwards, we visited the Alabama Wildlife Center. It is the oldest and largest such center in the state.
The center treats injured or orphaned wildlife from the greater Birmingham area (Jefferson and Shelby counties) and birds of prey from across the state. It treats approximately 2,500 animals each year.
The center was founded in Birmingham in 1977 by Anne Miller as an all-volunteer organization to meet the need for the rescue and rehabilitation of native Alabama wildlife. By 1981, Miller left her job as a zookeeper with the Birmingham Zoo to run the center full-time. In 1987, the state of Alabama, in recognition of the center's service, donated the use of a closed restaurant inside Oak Mountain State Park. Currently the state covers the cost of the building maintenance and most utilities, while the center is responsible for capital improvements and operating expenses.
The center was recognized as a "Best of the Road" destination in the 2006 edition of the Rand McNally road atlas.
While not all of the animals being treated at the center will be on display at once, visitors have the opportunity to observe many of the patients through one-way windows. The nursery, solarium and Backyard Wildlife Demonstration Garden are located inside the building. Adjacent to the main building are the Raptor Wing and Freedom Flight, where large birds on the cusp of release are housed. Nearby is the Treetop Nature Trail, where otherwise-healthy birds unable to be released into the wild may be observed in a natural setting along an elevated boardwalk.
I took pictures of barred owls, red tailed hawks and more. I hope you enjoy the photos.