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Near Moulton in Lawrence County, Alabama — The American South (East South Central)
 

A Significant Forest

 
 
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Inscription. A Special Place: for People and Birds
The forest of Bankhead have been here for many generations, witnessing considerable natural, historical and cultural changes. This area was home to native Americans for many years. The pioneers who live here witnessed the events of the War Between the States. Many of the trees growing here were planted by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) on abandoned farms during the Great Depression era. Because of the large area of rich habitat they provide, theses forests host special birds that depend on these trees to make their nest, forage and hide from predators.

Listen Before you Look
The forestís extensive canopy and deep shade can make spotting birds difficult. Birders should listen carefully to the variety of sounds forest residents make. Familiarity with bird songs will often reveal a birdís identity quicker than trying to discern it in a thick canopy of green. Many birds are quite in the middle of the day as they forage for food or tend to their young, but during early morning or late day, visitors might be serenaded with a fantastic chorus of bird song.

Pileated Woodpecker
One of the birdís colloquial names, “Lord God Woodpecker,” says it all. This is Alabamaís largest woodpecker. Its impressive size and striking black, white,
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and red plumage make it a real showstopper. Even if you donít see the bird, its powerful drumming can often be heard from deep within the forest.

Great Crested Flycatcher
This birdís distinctive queeep call will often betray its presence hight in the canopy. Careful observation might find the bird perched over-head or tending to its nest in a tree hollow, often at eye level.

Red-eyed Vireo
The Red-eyed Vireo seems to constantly taunt visitors as it utters a hurried phrase that some interpret as here-I-am, in-the-tree, look-up, at-the-top repeated over and over again. Look for movement in the lower canopy to catch a glimpse of this songster

Wood Thrush
To many, the song of the Wood Thrush represents true forest wilderness east of the Mississippi. This reddish brown thrush sports a heavily spotted potbelly. The warm brown tone and black spots help this bird fade into the background when it isnít actively searching for worms in the dry leaves on the forest.

Bankhead National Forest: An Important Bird Area
The forest habitats of the Bankhead National Forest are unique, diverse and beautiful. Because of the importance of this area to birds, The American Bird Conservancy has designated Bankhead as a globally important bird area (IBA).

One of the most important feature of the Bankhead
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is the large acreage of continuous forest. Forests of this scale are no longer common in north Alabama. Another important feature is the diversity of forest types that provide habitat for many species of birds and other wildlife. Diversity is caused by natural and manmade disturbances. Windstorms, fires, insect outbreaks and floods are examples of natural disturbances. Forest and wildlife management practices such as thinning, prescribed burning and wildlife openings are planned and conducted by the Forest Service Managing for a variety of forest community types and conditions provided habitat for a diversity of birds and other wildlife
 
Erected by Alabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries North Alabama Birding Trail.
 
Location. 34° 20.746′ N, 87° 20.297′ W. Marker is near Moulton, Alabama, in Lawrence County. Marker can be reached from Alabama Route 33 0.2 miles south of County Route 67, on the left when traveling south. Touch for map. Located in the Bankhead National Forest at the Black Warrior Work Center. Marker is in this post office area: Moulton AL 35650, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Explore the Forest (here, next to this marker); Birds of North Alabama (here,
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next to this marker); Warrior Mountains (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Cheatham Road (approx. 5.4 miles away); General Leroy Pope Walker (approx. 9.4 miles away); Judge Thomas M. Peters (approx. 9.4 miles away); General Phillip Dale Roddy (approx. 9.6 miles away); A County Older Than The State (approx. 9.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Moulton.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on August 23, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. This page has been viewed 71 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 20, 2017, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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