Learn About The Cahaba Lily On A Guided Field Trip
We’re surrounded by natural beauty here in Alabama, and nature lovers come from all around to explore the extraordinary biodiversity of the Cahaba River. The Cahaba Lily is one of the most beloved flowers in our state, and you may have even seen it on some local license plates. This June, you can take a field trip to see it up-close.
When and Where
The trip will begin at 9 a.m. at Oak Mountain State Park’s Interpretive Center on Saturday, June 1. The OMSP is located at 200 Terrace Drive, Pelham, Alabama 35124. The refuge is about one hour away from the starting point at the state park. It would be wise to prepare for a day on the river, and the organizers recommend bringing water shoes, a water bottle, waders, bug spray, and sunscreen among other necessities. Since parking at the OMSP is limited, they also suggest carpooling to the starting point.
Exploring the Refuge
Once everyone has gathered at the state park, the group will caravan to the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge. This pristine natural sanctuary is absolutely teeming with beautiful Cahaba Lilies, and you’ll have an unprecedented view of the rare species in its natural habitat. These gorgeous flowers are a state treasure, and one of the primary reasons that the land was designated as a refuge in the first place. The refuge is also home to over 60 other elusive plant and animal species, like the Goldline darter and Cahaba Shiner.
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While in Pelham
If you’re on the lookout for a new vehicle this season, come find out what we can do for you at Med Center Mazda. Our dealership is conveniently located just a few minutes away from Oak Mountain State Park. Our helpful team of Mazda experts is prepared to serve drivers from Pelham, Helena, Hoover, Birmingham, and all around the state. Our new and pre-owned lineup includes an eclectic variety of popular vehicles, from the athletic Miata to the roomy Mazda5. You can check out our inventory online, then come by to take something interesting out for a test drive. While you’re speaking with our team, don’t forget to bring up our special offers to see how affordable a new car can really be!