Close up of the Birding Tower stairs

Perry Lakes Park Birding Tower

  • Overview


    Marion, AL
    5th Year Project

  • Awards & Media

    Observed: Bird’s Eye View
    Metropolis | Magazine | Tiffany Meyers | February 2007

    Students Build Birding Tower
    The Demopolis Times | Newspaper | Rick Couch | 2006

    Towering Apex for Birders
    The Huntsville Times | Newspaper | Ryan Hickman | October 8, 2006

    Towering Achievements
    The Anniston Star | Newspaper | John Fleming | May 14, 2006

    Birding Site Towers Over Cahaba Park
    The Birmingham News | Newspaper | Thomas Spencer | May 6, 2006

    Rural Studio Perry Lakes 100ft. Canopy Tower
    The Greensboro Watchman | Newspaper | Anne Bailey | April 27, 2006

    Hopes High for Rural Bird Tower
    The Birmingham News | newspaper | John ARchibald | April 24, 2005

  • Project Team

    Natalie Butts, Adrienne Brady, Paul Howard, Coley Mulcahy

Standing exactly 100ft. out of the ground the tower offers birders the unique opportunity to view birds in their habitats above the tree canopy. A decommissioned fire tower purchased for $10, four students deconstructed, re-galvanized and re-built the tower in its new surroundings. In addition the tower was given new stairs and a carefully designed boardwalk and handrail that zig-zags between the trees and over the adjacent lake.

A Boardwalk and handrail zig-zags between the trees and over the adjacent lake
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