A Significant Forest

A Significant Forest (HM210Z)

Location: Moulton, AL 35650 Lawrence County
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Country: United States of America
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N 34° 20.746', W 87° 20.297'

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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 forest's 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 bird's 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 bird's colloquial names, "Lord God Woodpecker," says it all. This is Alabama's largest woodpecker. Its impressive size and striking black, white,
and red plumage make it a real showstopper. Even if you don't see the bird, its powerful drumming can often be heard from deep within the forest.

Great Crested Flycatcher
This bird's 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 isn't 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
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
HM NumberHM210Z
Placed ByAlabama Wildlife & Freshwater Fisheries North Alabama Birding Trail
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Date Added Wednesday, August 23rd, 2017 at 4:02pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 468887 N 3800546
Decimal Degrees34.34576667, -87.33828333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 34° 20.746', W 87° 20.297'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds34° 20' 44.76" N, 87° 20' 17.82" W
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Area Code(s)256
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 3720-3936 AL-33, Moulton AL 35650, US
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