Wild bird rescue, rehabilitate, return is the mantra for the Alabama Wildlife Center. And they want you to be a part of it. Many rehabilitation centers don’t have room for education programs, but the AWC is built in an old restaurant in Oak Mountain State Park and has the room, staff and Avian Ambassadors to help us learn to love wild birds. They host summer programs, Audubon Teaches Nature monthly lectures and k-12 education programs.
Experts in bird care they have facilities for every stage of recovery including incubators for hatchlings and special cages to keep birds from flying while recovering. Larger birds of prey also use a large flight cage prior to release. Open every day, visitors can observe the care of Alabama wild bird patients in the nurseries, solarium and raptor flight cages via camera monitors or one-way glass viewing windows.
Oak Mountain State Park
200 Terrace Drive, Pelham AL 35124
• What To Do •
Come see what birds are in the woods this time of year by visiting the Observation Room inside the Center. Behind the Center in the flight cage see wild hawks exercising and healing up for release back into the wild. The Treetop Trail connects from the Center to six outdoor viewing cages with vultures, hawks and owls. Open every day, visitors can observe the care of Alabama wild bird patients in the nurseries, solarium and raptor flight cages via camera monitors or one-way glass viewing windows. Free admission after paid entrance to Oak Mountain State Park.
• Seasonal Highlights •
Baby bird season at the bird hospital starts around March and continues through the summer. Come see fledglings and young birds on the mend.