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Friday, 21 February 2014 16:01

02-20butterfliesCritters great and small took to the woods in 3 different races at the 4th annual Critter Crawl at the Alabama Wildlife Federation. See page 7 for details, including information about the upcoming AWF Flora and Fauna Art Festival coming in April.

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Last weekend there were more critters than usual scampering through the woods and around the pond at Lanark, the headquarters of the Alabama Wildlife Federation (AWF) and site of the Alabama Nature Center (ANC). The AWF was the venue for the ANC's fourth annual Critter Crawl, a 10k/5k racecourse through the nearly 5-miles of walking trails at the ANC. Over 250 runners participated in Saturday's race. Avid runners and newbies alike were treated to the sights and sounds of nature as they moved along the course.

Marla Ruskin, Communications Specialist for the AWF, said this event is a fantastic way to expose people to beautiful trails located at Lanark in Millbrook.

02-20lucas10kPhoto: Lucas Culpepper had the best time in the 10k, a new event this year at Critter Crawl.

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The 10K, 5K TRAIL RUN and 1 mile race took runners through a portion of the Alabama Nature Center's 5 mile trail system. Lucas Culpepper took first place in the 10K with a time of 44:59 in the first ever 10K on the trails. "This is my third trail race and I absolutely love to run at Lanark, Lucas stated. I love the hills and the creek crossing was an awesome touch." Kevin Banning had a fantastic time of 23:16 on the 5K TRAIL RUN.

Although most people wore your standard running attire, there were a few butterflies, skunks, birds and other critters running lose on the property. The flight of beautiful butterflies took home the 1st place prize in the critter contest.

AWF Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival

Enjoy nature at its best at the 10th Annual Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival at Lanark on Saturday, April 12, 2014. This artistic celebration of Alabama's magnificent plants and wildlife will feature the original nature-themed works of Alabama artists in a variety of mediums and styles, to include ready-to hang wildlife and floral paintings, wood and stone sculpted items, fine prints, gourd art, photography and much more! The Alabama Flora and Fauna Arts Festival is a juried event that is free and open to the general public on Saturday, April 12, 2014 from 8 am to 6 pm. Only fine art and fine crafts will be exhibited at this event. Although the Festival is only a one-day event, the Alabama Nature Center will be open to the general public Sunday, April 13 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

AWF William R. Ireland, Sr. Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Students K-12 across Alabama are invited to participate in the AWF William R. Ireland, Sr. Youth Wildlife Art Contest. The deadline for entries is February 28, 2014. It's a great way to integrate the arts with research and a fun writing activity. For more details, including how to submit your student's artwork and what the awards include, please visit our website at http://www.alabamawildlife.org/youth-wildlife-art-contest/

 
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