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April 16, 2009   Email to Friend 

David Rainer
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April 16, 2009

The Outdoor Alabama Expo, scheduled for May 2 at Oak Mountain State Park near Birmingham, will offer attendees a chance to touch a variety of sea creatures from the Alabama Gulf Coast at the Marine Resources' touch tank.
PELHAM, Ala. -- The hands-on, family-friendly Outdoor Alabama Expo returns to Oak Mountain State Park on Saturday, May 2, with outdoors-related activities for youngsters and adults alike.

The Expo will be open to the public and the admission fee to the park, located just south of Birmingham near Pelham, will be waived for that day. A wide array of activities are planned -- fishing, shooting sports, boating, nature trails, just to name a few, as well as a wide variety of exhibits and demonstrations.

The Marine Resources Division will fill a saltwater tank with species caught on the Alabama Gulf Coast, including starfish, shrimp, crabs and sting rays.

The Marine Police Division will offer boating in the form of a personal watercraft simulator, small, battery-powered boats at the beach area for kids and canoeing.

Conservation Enforcement Officers will also offer a guided nature trail where participants will be able to spot different animals that have been placed near the trails.

State Lands will provide information on the Forever Wild program that protects sensitive ecosystems and will highlight the educational opportunities available at 5 Rivers in Spanish Fort.

Retriever dogs and upland bird-pointing dogs will be among the demonstrations planned, which also include turkey calling, backyard wildlife enhancement, snake identification and birds of prey from the 4-H Center in Columbiana.

For a list of activities and demonstrations, visit www.outdooralabama.com/outdoor-adventures/expo/.

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