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Urban Environmental Studies

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve


Starting the Boat RacesIn partnership with the Southern Environmental Center and others, the College runs the Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. The Center runs educational programming in one of the most beautiful natural settings in the region – just 25 minutes from campus. The preserve contains some of the most biologically diverse habitats in this region of Alabama. The waters of Turkey Creek are home to three endangered species of fish: the Vermilion Darter (Etheostoma chermocki), the Watercress Darter (Etheostoma nuchale), and the Rush Darter (Etheostoma phytophilum). The Vermilion Darter occurs only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world. Preserve manager Charles Yeager majored in Urban Environmental Studies while attending BSC, and obtained his BA in 2010. He is no stranger to Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, having spent many hours doing onsite GIS mapping and wetland restoration work, as an intern with Fresh Water Land Trust.

Visit the Turkey Creek pages on the SEC website.


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