Alabama Birds coming to Landmark Park

 

DOTHAN, AL — Each Friday through July 22, Landmark Park will present Animal Adventures, a special one-hour educational program which provides a unique opportunity to learn about our natural world.

Children ages 5 and older are encouraged to come with their families to see first-hand the wonder of many native animals. Animal Adventure programs begin at 10 a.m. in the Park’s Interpretive Center Auditorium. Animal Adventures are free with admission to the Park.

Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for children, and free for Park members. Registration is required. Call 334-794- 3452 to register.

JULY 8: ALABAMA BIRDS

Terry Morse of Big Bend Wildlife Sanctuary in Enterprise will bring birds native to this region, including owls and other raptors. These beautiful birds are non-releasable rehabilitated birds that have been given a new purpose in life as education birds. their feeding, hunting, and nesting habits will be discussed, as well as what you should do if you find an orphaned or injured wildlife.

JULY 15: GREAT GATORS

Tim Ward, an officer with the Alabama Department of Conservation will present a program on one of South Alabama’s most misunderstood creatures, the American Alligator. A combination of slides, skins, and skulls as well as a live alligator will be used to illustrate and teach participants about the lifestyle and habitats of this threatened animal.

JULY 22: AMPHIBIANS 101

Amphibians can be slimy and lay eggs, but they also have a lot of other interesting characteristics. Join Jimmy Stiles as he talks about various amphibian species including frogs, salamanders, and one big amphiuma. Stiles works with the Alabama Natural Heritage Program through Auburn University and has been involved in herpetology for 25 years.

Landmark Park is a 135-acre natural science and history museum located on the outskirts of Dothan.  Features of the park include nature trails, a planetarium, playground, picnic areas, an elevated boardwalk, a turn-of-the-century farmstead with sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, cows and other farm animals and crops typical of an 1890’s farm.  In addition, the park includes a drugstore with operating soda fountain, one-room school, general store, and historic church, all preserved from the surrounding area. The park is open Monday-Saturday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sundays from noon to 6 p.m.

Admission is $4 adults, $3 for children and is free for park members and children age 2 and under.  The park is located on U.S. Hwy 431 North, three miles north of Dothan’s Ross Clark Circle.  For more info, call 334-794-3452 or visit  www.landmarkparkdothan.com.