CONTRIBUTED BY FRIENDS OF WOOD DUCK NATURE PRESERVE
Friends of Wood Duck Nature Preserve will conduct a Nature Walk this Saturday, Jan. 21, rain or shine. Those intereseted should meet at the pavilion, 3601 Waverly Parkway (one-half mile from U.S. Highway 280). Things of special interest that might be seen on the walk include migratory birds, especially waterfowl and warblers; resident wood ducks returning to nesting boxes; Opelika’s Charlie Woodchuck; and identification of forest trees. Coffee and snacks for early birds will be available at 7:30 a.m.; walks to the two covered viewing houses start at 8 a.m. The walk usually takes about two to three hours, but people may return to the parking area at any time. Several loaner binoculars will be available.
The Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park, a restored habitat for migratory and local birds, is a popular destination for birders and residents who have a common interest in wildlife preservation. It is one of the 34 sites along the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail.
ABOUT THE PRESERVE:
This 85-acre preserve and park has been made possible by the use of a 78-acre waste water lagoon property owned by the city, combined with the private donation of seven acres of land adjacent to the lagoon site. The park has become home to a significant population of wood ducks and waterfowl. More than 170 species of birds have been identified at the Wood Duck Nature Park, including residents and those that pass though the Opelika community. It is home to a variety of habitats, including hardwood and pine forests, swamps and ponds.