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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 5, 2009

Birmingham-Southern environmental center to dedicate Turkey Creek preserve

BIRMINGHAM, Ala.—The Southern Environmental Center at Birmingham-Southern College will host a dedication ceremony at Turkey Creek Nature Preserve May 9 beginning at 9 a.m. The event will begin at the preserve located at 3906 Turkey Creek Road in Pinson with refreshments at 9 a.m. followed by the dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. The event is open to the public and admission is free.

The dedication will mark the opening of a refurbished facility located at the preserve which will serve as a welcome center, education center and residence for the preserve manager. The center is a collaborative project between the Freshwater Land Trust which now maintains its offices on the BSC campus, Forever Wild, Jefferson County, the city of Pinson, Turkey Creek and BSC including a multi-year agreement under which the college will provide educational programs using the center and the 400-plus acre preserve as an outdoor classroom.

Turkey Creek, now open daily except for special events, education programs, maintenance, research or other reasons deemed acceptable for closure, 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, including the Rush Darter, Vermilion Darter and Watercress Darter. The Rush and Vermilion Darters exist only in Turkey Creek and nowhere else in the world.

For more information, contact tsteele@bsc.edu, or 205/680-4116.

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