Alabama Wildlife Center
We rescue, rehabilitate and return to the wild Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds. Mostly a volunteer-operated nonprofit, the Alabama Wildlife Center was founded in 1977 and is Alabama’s oldest and largest Wildlife Rehabilitation and Education Center. From baby Ruby-throated Hummingbirds to mature Bald Eagles, AWC annually receives almost 2,000 native wild birds from over 100 different species. AWC’s dual mission is to provide medical and rehabilitative care for Alabama’s injured and orphaned native birds in order to permit their return to the wild, and to provide conservation education to people of all ages in order to heighten awareness and appreciation of Alabama’s precious wildlife resources, and how we can responsibly preserve and protect them. Visitors can enjoy a self-guided tour of the facility and observe patients via camera monitors or one-way glass viewing windows. Educational programs and tours are available with the opportunity to meet AWC’s education ambassadors: American Kestrel, Barred Owl, Eastern Screech Owl, Eurasian Eagle-owl, Great Horned Owl, Merlin, Mississippi Kite, and Red-tailed Hawk. From the AWC building, a .3 mile hike of Treetop Nature Trail ends with a 750-foot elevated boardwalk that winds through a wooded valley and provides close up views of non-releasable hawks, owls and vultures living in naturally furnished cages. AWC is located in the heart of Oak Mountain State Park and is open to visitors every day 9am-5pm. Entrance is free after paid admission to the park.