Building Your Birdhouse at Russell Cave

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Date: May 17, 2014
Contact: , 256-495-2672

Young environmentalists 12 years of age and under are invited to Russell Cave on June 21, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. CST to construct and paint their own birdhouse. The project is limited to 40 children.Registration closes June 6th. Call Shelia Reed at 256-495-2672 to register for this free program.

Russell Cave and Home Depot are working together to educate the kids in our community about nature and birds. Home Depot will furnish all materials including an apron for participants. After completion of the birdhouse children may take them home.

Although the main attraction is the cave shelter, Russell Cave is known for birds.Site Number 44 on the North Alabama Birding Trail is located at Russell Cave National Monument. Today people can see a variety of birds and there are over 140 birds listed on the park's birding checklist.However, archeologists found the remains of birds including turkey bones during their work in the 1950's. Because of their findings, we know today that turkey meat was a major food source for the ancient inhabitants of Russell Cave.

Superintendent Gail Bishop invites everyone out to the workshop for a hands-on experience. Visit us on our Facebook. Our website is www.nps.gov/ruca.Call 256-495-2672 for reservations.

Did You Know?

Atlatal and Spear

The atlatl, a spear thrower, was used for hunting at Russell Cave National Monument. This tool multiplies the force and distance of the spear and acts as an arm extension. The archeological evidence at this site includes deer antler hooks, deer antler handles, and stone weights.

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