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By Stephanie Cunningham
Ledger Staff 

Into the wild


June 14, 2018

Stephanie Cunningham

Ferns grow in circle patterns within the remains of the recently fire cleared bog.

Nestled into the quiet county roads in Northern Baldwin County near Perdido, Ala., lies the Splinter Hill Bog Preserve, one of the most in-tact seepage bog communities remaining on the Gulf Coast area. The preserve contains portions of the Dyas and Bushy creeks, tributaries of the Perdido River and is home to a variety of habitats, including sandy upland longleaf pine forests and swampy forests filled with pitcher plants.

When one enters the habitat, which is managed by The Nature Conservatory, the first impression that is made is a sound of silence. Because the bog is inhabited by over 12...

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