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Fins, Feathers and Flowers Event at Lakepoint State Park, Feb. 15-17

Fins, Feathers and Flowers attendees are likely to see a wide variety shorebirds and waterfowl including resident wood ducks. Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR

A Weekend of Wildlife Watching and Fun!

The Fins, Feathers and Flowers Weekend at Lakepoint Resort State Park is scheduled for February 15-17, 2019. Similar to the Eagle Awareness Weekends held at Lake Guntersville, the program offers a variety of activities for wildlife watchers. The weekend is a cooperative effort of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) State Parks Division and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. The park is located adjacent to Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge in Eufaula, Ala.

Fins, Feathers and Flowers 2019 begins Friday afternoon with a Conservation Fair prior to the evening social, welcome session, and field trip sign-ups. Also Friday evening, Mercedes Bartkovich, ADCNR Nongame Wildlife Biologist, will present a program entitled “Soaring Back: The Recovery of Bald Eagles in Alabama.”

The Saturday morning session begins with a field trip to the refuge followed by breakfast at the lodge. Bird viewing outings at the park and refuge are also planned for Saturday afternoon. Saturday evening Roger Clay from the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries will deliver the keynote speech entitled “Dredging Up Pelicans: A History of the Brown Pelican in Coastal Alabama.” Sunday events include an early bird coffee, buffet breakfast, and a field trip to the Wehle Land Conservation Center in Midway, Ala.

Lakepoint State Park is offering a Fins, Feathers and Flowers overnight package that includes lodging for three days and two nights and attendance at the social, cookout, breakfast, lectures, field trips, and other presentations. For more information and reservations, call 334-687-8011 or visit www.alapark.com/lakepoint-state-park.

The Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge is an ideal viewing location for ducks, geese, water birds, shorebirds, song birds, small mammals, and a variety of other wildlife species. The refuge was created to provide feeding and resting habitat for waterfowl migrating through the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast. To learn more about the refuge, visit www.fws.gov/refuge/Eufaula.

The Alabama State Parks Division relies on visitor fees and the support of other partners like local communities to fund the majority of their operations. To learn more about Alabama State Parks, visit www.alapark.com.

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