Thanks to the efforts of Joe Watts, Dee Woodham, the National Audubon Society Board of Directors. and the Alabama Audubon Society, SCP has been officially added to the Appalachian Highlands Trail. "From the forested hills of the Ridge and Valley region to the rich pastures and farmlands of its river-carved valleys, the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail provides a wide diversity of habitats for birds, including the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Especially noteworthy for bird-lovers are the many rivers that flow through this region, including the Black Warrior, the Cahaba, the Coosa, and the Tallapoosa. Shoal Creek Park is a wonderful addition to the state-wide system of eight Alabama Birding Trails."
Bluebirds and Wildflowers!
March 30, 2020
Notes from Shoal Creek Park Blue Bird Team:
We are a 5 member team who are authorized by the Park to monitor the blue bird houses on a weekly basis. During each visit members of the team record time of visit, temperature, weather conditions and any bird activity observed. The team will assess blue bird activity, in the park and will make recommendations to the SCP Board of Directors of any changes, additions etc.
concerning bird house placement and care.
We ask that visitors refrain from adding houses to the park or from disturbing the birdhouses in any way.
We do encourage park visitors to take time to stop and watch the many birds found in the park and to listen to their songs during this Springtime.
In the future we will partner with Alabama Audubon and have educational programs including bird walks and bird identification programs for adults and children.
Please watch for the several wildflowers plots that have been planted in the park and we encourage visitors to enjoy them as they grow and bloom. Our plan is for these wildflowers plots to naturally re-seed; therefore picking wildflowers is discouraged.
Betty Loop Tree Signs
February 23, 2020
Watch for these new signs that will identify the trees along the Betty Loop Trail that connects the 2 bridges along both sides of the creek.
Thanks to Mike Hardig & Terry Arnold for identifying trees. Thanks to Gabby Wolodarski and Joe Arnold for creating the signs.
Grave marker for Elizabeth Teague Lawler in the family cemetery.
Plans are underway to restore the family cemetery at Perry Hall. First, the area will be cleaned out by hand. Next, ground penetrating radar will be used to find and then better mark the graves. We speculate that there was once a church at that site. The same technique with the radar will be used to try to locate its former site.
Friends of the Montevallo Community, the University of Montevallo and officials gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony at Shoal Creek Park in March, 2019.
Also on hand was the Alabama Wildlife Center's Doug Adair, who brought two rehabilitated red tail hawks to be released on the property.