Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Canopy birding in Alabama

Want to climb a 100-foot canopy tower without flying to Panama? Head to Alabama, and try out the new tower at Perry Lakes Park. Constructed by Auburn University's School of Architecture Rural Studio program, the facility near Marion (east of Montgomery) opened last weekend after a four-year effort by architecture students.

the objective for the canopy tower is to create an opportunity for the underserved community in the southern united states to participate in one of the fastest growing sports, birding. participation in the sport of birding increased 235% from 1982 to 2000. the canopy tower will enable birders to access heights not previously available in the past. sport participation and education for local children and families will result from the new viewing opportunities.
The link above leads to details and photographs about the students' work on the boardwalk and the canopy tower, a recycled fire tower donated by the Alabama Forestry Commission. Could this idea lead to more birding towers in North America?

Thanks to reader Bart S. for the news tip!

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