A Weekend of Wildlife Watching and Fun!
 
The Fins, Feathers and Flowers Weekend at Lakepoint Resort State Park is scheduled for February 24-26, 2017. 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 2017 begins with a Friday evening social, field trip sign-up and information on the weekend activities. Also Friday evening, Carrie Threadgill, ADCNR Nongame Wildlife Biologist, will present a program entitled “Colonial Wading Birds of 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 Ken Wills and Larry Davenport will conduct a book signing of their book Exploring Wild Alabama: A Guide to the State's Publicly Accessible Natural Areas prior to a cookout and live birds of prey program presented by the Alabama Wildlife Center. Sunday events include early bird coffee, buffet breakfast and individual field trips.
 
Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge provides ideal viewing locations for ducks, geese, water birds, shorebirds, song birds, small mammals and a tremendous variety of other wildlife species. The refuge was created primarily to provide feeding and resting habitat for waterfowl migrating through the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf Coast.
 
Lakepoint 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. Rates are $169 single, $215 double. For more information and reservations, call 334-687-8011 or visit www.alapark.com/lakepoint-state-park.
 
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.
 
#

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

Photo by Billy Pope, ADCNR