Local Spotlight: Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park

Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park

The Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park in Opelika is for the birds. Literally! Part of the larger Piedmont Plateau network of preserves, the preserve and park stretches over 73 acres and plays host to birds and birders, alike.

About the Preserve and Park

Wood ducks and other waterfowl call the Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park home, which is fitting. The preserve and park boasts more than 170 species—and houses a variety of habitats. These include swamps, ponds, and hardwood and pine woodlands.

The Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park owes its origins to the conversion of a 66-acre waste water lagoon. The city of Opelika converted the lagoon, along with a second seven-acre donation, into the preserve and park. The second donation once served as an old home-site.

Access points to the preserve and park include an entrance at the old home-site and at the roadway. The home-site trail offers birders and sightseers a magnificently forested wonderland that follows along a beautiful brook. The trail ends at one of the preserve’s observation blinds, complete with an open water overlook.

The roadway trail boasts a rather dense bird population, with early blue-winged teal sightings recorded. During dryer periods, the stream serves as a haven for all kinds of waterfowl.

The Piedmont Plateau

The Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park is one stop on the broader Piedmont Plateau of Alabama. This plateau covers East Alabama, stretching from the western reaches of Montgomery up to Anniston. With more than 40 sites, the Piedmont Plateau varies in both scenery and birds. Birdwatching and breathtaking views—what a mix!

Summary

Finding fowl comes easy at the Wood Duck Heritage Preserve and Siddique Nature Park. Visit and take some time to sightsee and enjoy the sounds. It’s one of the many reasons we love calling Opelika home.

Speaking of home, have you found yours? If you’re looking, consider Tree Tops. We have a few friendly fowl around the grounds ourselves! But you don’t have to be a birder to come be with us. See why this is where you should nest here. To learn more about local experiences like this one, continue coming back to our blog!