February 24, 2021

State of Alabama
Press Release: Alabama Historical Commission


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                         

Contact: Wendi Lewis, Marketing and Public Relations Manager  

wendi.lewis@ahc.alabama.gov, 334-230-2680

February 24, 2021


Bird Walk for Beginners (& History Buffs) at Old Cahawba set for March 20

Join us on this tour as birding enthusiasts and history buffs alike get a unique “bird’s eye view” of the park. Learn the basics of bird identification from an experienced birder on this easy two-hour walk through historic Old Cahawba Archaeological Park on Saturday, March 20, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Knowledgeable birders Frank and Shirley Farrell of Tyler, Alabama, will guide participants through the park identifying the birds that abound this time of year. From large birds like Bald Eagles to small birds like Chipping Sparrows, a wide variety of species call the park home. So, mark your calendars and plan on joining us on the first day of spring for a morning of bird watching at Alabama’s first state capital. Make sure to wear your walking shoes and don’t forget to bring your binoculars and field guides if you have them.

“We’ve got a multitude of natural resources here that really makes Old Cahawba interesting,” says assistant site director Jonathan Matthews. “Bird watching is a great way to appreciate those resources and we hope tours like this inspire people to visit Old Cahawba.” 

Participants will meet at the visitor center, rain or shine. Tickets are $8 each and available at the Old Cahawba Visitor Center; however, to accommodate social distancing, the tour is allotted for a maximum of 20 participants. Interested parties are encouraged to pre-purchase their tickets in advance of the event. Tickets may be purchased by calling 334-872-8058. Old Cahawba accepts all major credit cards.

Per Governor Ivey’s Safer at Home guidelines, Old Cahawba will require all persons not from the same household to maintain six (6) feet of distance between individuals.

For more information contact Linda Derry at cahawbam@bellsouth.net or call the park at 334-872-8058.

Old Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first capital. From downtown Selma, take Highway 22 (Dallas Avenue) west 8.6 miles. Cross over the Cahaba River and turn left onto County Road 9 and follow this 3.3 miles until it dead ends. Turn left onto County Road 2 and follow this 1.5 miles until you see the Visitor Center on the right. Visitor Center Address: 9518 Cahaba Road, Orrville, AL 36767.

Old Cahawba is a historic property of the Alabama Historical Commission. To learn more about Old Cahawba, or the Alabama Historical Commission, please visit www.ahc.alabama.gov.

About Old Cahawba

Old Cahawba lies at the confluence of the Alabama and Cahaba Rivers, and from 1819 to 1826 it served as Alabama’s first capital. Today, the Alabama Historical Commission owns and operates this significant archaeological site.

About the Alabama Historical Commission

Located in historic downtown Montgomery at 468 S. Perry Street, the Alabama Historical Commission is the state historic preservation agency for Alabama. The agency was created by an act of the state legislature in 1966 with a mission to protect, preserve and interpret Alabama’s historic places. AHC works to accomplish its mission through two fields of endeavor: Preservation and promotion of state-owned historic sites as public attractions; and, statewide programs to assist people, groups, towns, and cities with local preservation activities. For a complete list of programs and properties owned and operated by the AHC, hours of operation, and admission fees please visit ahc.alabama.gov  



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