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Alabama Wildlife Center, Pelham

#45 of 63 in Nature in Alabama
The Alabama Wildlife Center is a wildlife rehabilitation and education center located in Oak Mountain State Park in Pelham, Alabama, United States. It is the oldest and largest such center in the state.
The center treats injured or orphaned native birds from across the state of Alabama from over 100 different species. Every year, AWC receives almost 2,000 avian patients.
The Alabama Wildlife Center's education program focuses on conservation education and the preservation of Alabama's biodiversity and avian resources. AWC's programming reaches over 30,000 people annually from Alabama and beyond.
The center was founded in Birmingham in 1977 by Anne Miller as an all-volunteer organization to meet the need for the rescue and rehabilitation of native Alabama wildlife. By 1981, Miller left her job as a zookeeper with the Birmingham Zoo to run the center full-time. In 1987, the state of Alabama, in recognition of the center's service, donated the use of a closed restaurant inside Oak Mountain State Park. Currently the state covers the cost of the building maintenance and most utilities, while the center is responsible for capital improvements and operating expenses.
The center was recognized as a "Best of the Road" destination in the 2006 edition of the Rand McNally road atlas.
While not all of the animals being treated at the center will be on display at once, visitors have the opportunity to observe many of the patients through one-way windows. The nursery, solarium and Backyard Wildlife Demonstration Garden are located inside the building. Adjacent to the main building are the Raptor Wing and Freedom Flight, where large birds on the cusp of release are housed. Nearby is the Treetop Nature Trail, where otherwise-healthy birds unable to be released into the wild may be observed in a natural setting along an elevated boardwalk.
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  • Loved seeing the birds here including multiple different types of owls as well as hawks and a juvenile bald eagle. Also chipmunks and squirrels in the forest. $5 entry into park includes walking on th...  more »
  • Drive up to the center or lace up your hiking boots and hit the trail to hike up to the center. The hike is not a casual stroll do be prepared for a real nature walk with muddy stream banks, a few roc...  more »
  • Really amazing place. They take really great care of the animals there. I absolutely love that they have this place. It wonderful to visit and see the wildlife. It's also a beautiful building with great places to sit and watch the birds. Definitely visit this place if you have the chance.
  • Beautiful place and very clean. Kids enjoyed their time there and plenty to do and talk about for about an hour. The take volunteering if anyone is interested. We just found out . July 14 they will be interviewing volunteers.

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