Exploring Wild Alabama

Author: Kenneth M. Wills
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817358307
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"Exploring Wild Alabama" is the most comprehensive guide available to Alabama s publicly accessible natural destinations. Written for sports enthusiasts, hikers, and birders, as well as for ecotourists and readers interested in Alabama s rich biodiversity, "Exploring Wild Alabama" is an essential part of any day trip or overnight stay in the state."

Explorer s Guide 50 Hikes in Alabama

Author: Johnny Molloy
Publisher: The Countryman Press
ISBN: 158157858X
Format: PDF
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A hike for every interest and ability! Alabama has so many great hikes to offer, including those in national and state parks and forests and in national wildlife refuges. In this book, the emphasis is on the most scenic destinations and unique places that help make Alabama so beautiful, like the rock formations of the Wall of Jericho, or the dunes of Bon Secour. Many hikes described here are off-the-beaten-path treks to lesser-known sites such as Needles Eye and Blue Spring; they show visitors the state’s wide range of beauty and biodiversity. Others take place at various spots along the Pinhoti Trail, the master path through Alabama’s mountains.

Butterflies of Alabama

Author: Paulette Haywood Ogard
Publisher: University of Alabama Press
ISBN: 0817355952
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A richly illustrated guide to the 84 known species of "true" butterflies living within the state's borders--Back cover.

Southern Wonder

Author: R. Scot Duncan
Publisher: University Alabama Press
ISBN: 9780817318024
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Southern Wonder explores Alabama’s amazing biological diversity, the reasons for the large number of species in the state, and the importance of their preservation. Alabama ranks fifth in the nation in number of species of plants and animals found in the state, surpassed only by the much larger western states of California,Texas, Arizona, and New Mexico. When all the species of birds, trees, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fishes, wildflowers, dragonflies, tiger beetles, and ants are tallied, Alabama harbors more species than 90 percent of the other states in the United States. Alabamais particularly rich in aquatic biodiversity, leading the nation in species of freshwater fishes, turtles, mussels, crayfish, snails, damselflies, and carnivorous plants. The state also hosts an exceptional number of endemic species—those not found beyond its borders—ranking seventh in the nation with 144 species. The state’s 4,533 species, with more being inventoried and discovered each year, are supported by no less than 64 distinct ecological systems—each a unique blend of soil, water, sunlight, heat, and natural disturbance regimes. Habitats include dry forests, moist forests, swamp forests, sunny prairies, grassy barrens, scorching glades, rolling dunes, and bogs filled with pitcher plants and sundews. The state also includes a region of subterranean ecosystems that are more elaborate and species rich than any other place on the continent. Although Alabama is teeming with life, the state’s prominence as a refuge for plants and animals is poorly appreciated. Even among Alabama’s citizens, few outside a small circle of biologists, advocates, and other naturalists understand the special quality of the state’s natural heritage. R. Scot Duncan rectifies this situation in Southern Wonder by providing a well-written, comprehensive overview that the general public, policy makers, and teachers can understand and use. Readers are taken on an exploratory journey of the state’s varied landscapes—from the Tennessee River Valley to the coastal dunes—and are introduced to remarkable species, such as the cave salamander and the beach mouse. By interweaving the disciplines of ecology, evolution, meteorology, and geology into an accessible whole, Duncan explains clearly why Alabama is so biotically rich and champions efforts for its careful preservation. Published in Cooperation with The Nature Conservancy

Alabama Off the Beaten Path

Author: Jackie Sheckler Finch
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493014099
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Tired of the same old tourist traps? Whether you’re a visitor or a local looking for something different, let Alabama Off the Beaten Path show you the Alabama you never knew existed. Go spelunking and discover stalagmitic formations at Cathedral Caverns. Take a walk through history at Fort Morgan then hop the Mobile Bay Ferry for Fort Gaines. Rejoice if you are a fan of Hank Williams and follow the country music legend through the Alabama Music Hall of Fame to the life-size statue of Hank Williams, then to the Hank WilliamsMuseumand Hank Williams, Sr.,Boyhood Home and Museum. So if you’ve “been there, done that” one too many times, get off the main road and venture Off the Beaten Path.

Hiking the Gulf Coast

Author: Joe Cuhaj
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 1493014501
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Hiking the Gulf Coast highlights the 40 best hikes in the “Third Coast” region, from easy to more moderate and difficult. The book spans Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Texas. Complete with full-color and maps throughout, this is a must-have hiking guide to the area.

Historic Alabama Courthouses

Author: Delos Hughes
Publisher: NewSouth Books
ISBN: 1588383342
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Alabama’s oldest courthouses have witnessed a panorama of history. Historic Alabama Courthouses resurrects historical facts and images of buildings that were the centers of much of the state’s public life during its first century. Photographs of more than 120 buildings, the earliest that the author could find for each structure, are gathered in this significant volume along with historical, architectural, social, legal, and political accounts of their contributions to the landscape of Alabama. Historic Alabama Courthouses also emphasizes architects and builders. Although the names of many of the principals are unknown, those who can be identified play large roles in the stories told in the book. Not only are the architects’ personal histories important, but also the history of the architecture profession in the state can be observed through the relationships and projects they created. Finally, the stories of Alabama’s courthouse builders and contractors are accounts of technical innovation, entrepreneurship, and sometimes imitation, revealing that fashions spread as widely and rapidly in building design and construction as in any other endeavor.

Five Star Trails Birmingham

Author: Thomas M. Spencer
Publisher: Menasha Ridge Press
ISBN: 089732515X
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In the first decade of the 21st century, Birmingham is building again on its natural resources, but this time it's not to fire steel-making smokestacks. Instead, where railroads ran and mines once burrowed into mountains, the healed landscape is being repurposed for hiking and biking. New and expanding venues around the city are providing more opportunities not only to get outside and exercise but also to appreciate the labor and industry that built the city. In Five-Star Trails: Birmingham local author Thomas Spencer leads readers to some of the best hikes around the city. Within a short drive from Birmingham, you can find yourself on an Appalachian mountain peak or on the banks of the Cahaba River as it broadens to snake through the Coastal Plain. You can visit old growth forest in the Sipsey Wilderness or hike down into the "Grand Canyon of the East" at Little River Canyon. And that's only the start. Across this landscape, you'll find a level of diversity of plant and animal species, some rare and endangered, that rivals anywhere in the North America.

Ancient America

Author: Kenneth L. Feder
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 144226313X
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Presenting “the real deal” of American antiquity—as opposed to the hyped fare of many cable TV shows—Kenneth Feder invites readers to explore the stunning technological, architectural, engineering, and artistic achievements of America’s first peoples. Part travel guide, part friendly reference, Ancient America showcases fifty iconic and publicly-accessible sites located across the contiguous United States—including monumental pyramids of earth, “castles” ensconced in cliff niches, and vast rock art galleries. Among the places profiled are four World Heritage Sites (Chaco Canyon, NM; Mesa Verde, CO; Cahokia, IL; Poverty Point, LA); numerous Historic Landmarks and National Monuments (including Crystal River, FL; Town Creek Mound, NC; Casa Grande, AZ; and Hovenweep, UT); and stunningly diverse sites ranging from Serpent Mound (OH) and Horsethief Lake (WA) to Canyon de Chelly (AZ) and Nine Mile Canyon (UT). In addition to practical visitor information, Feder tells the fascinating stories of each site as revealed by archaeological research. Introductory chapters delve into the deep past of Native America; historical and cultural details as well as original photography round out the site entries. Readers will be inspired to visit these remarkable places where the past continues to resonate in the present.