Tennessee's First State Birding Park Announced
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam, along with Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation Commissioner Bob Martineau, recently announced that Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge in Knox County will become the state’s 56th state park. Seven Islands State Birding Park will become Tennessee’s first birding park and the flagship for a statewide birding tour showcasing watchable wildlife and trails within the park system. Seven Islands will open in 2014.
The site is currently used as a wildlife sanctuary, an area for hiking and observation, an educational facility for schools and other groups, a demonstration area for land use and habitat management techniques and a small boat launch for canoes and kayaks. The property is adjacent to the French Broad River and aquatic and riparian habitats support an impressive diversity of wildlife species. Over 160 species of birds have been identified.
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