FRIENDS of Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve & Siddique Nature Park is a 501(c)(3) organization that works with the City of Opelika to develop the Park & Preserve. FRIENDS was begun by a group of local birders, as the lagoon and its surroundings are a strong draw for migratory and resident waterfowl and other birds. FRIENDS maintain two observation blinds for viewing waterfowl, and over two miles of trails connecting them, plants and maintains a butterfly/pollinator garden, and maintains fifteen wood duck boxes, as well as a number of bluebird houses. FRIENDS also conduct periodic public nature hikes and special programs presented in the pavilion. The Park and Preserve has been used for first grade and elementary outdoor education programs through graduate university classes for research, and is a favorite spot for Alabama Audubon based out of Birmingham to come and see the wide variety of bird species, and is designated as a Piedmont Plateau Birding Site by Alabama Birding Trails.
Your gift will support the purchase and installation of unified signage throughout for site identification, trail identification, mapping with legend, orientation, and directional signs. The friends of the Opelika Wood Duck Preserve and Siddique Nature Park have partnered with Auburn University Professor Robert Finkel and his 2019/2020 Graphic Design Class and have already created a wonderful, professional plan that would add a new level of sophistication there, would help visitors understand what’s there, and would help visitors navigate their way around. So, the planning has been done, and now we are asking for your help to purchase and install the signage.