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Granite Shoals unveils wildlife viewing station at Quarry Park on April 30

The view from inside the Granite Shoals wildlife viewing station.

The view from inside the Granite Shoals wildlife viewing station.

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO

GRANITE SHOALS — The city of Granite Shoals will officially unveil its newest addition to Quarry Park: a wildlife viewing station

A ribbon cutting for the station is 3 p.m. Sunday, April 30, at the facility off the Manzano Hike, Bike, and Run Trail. When driving toward city hall, 2221 N. Phillips Ranch Road, look for the directional signs to the viewing station.

The facility was completely paid for by the Highland Lakes chapter of the Texas Master Naturalists and then donated to the city.

The total cost of the station is $12,000.

Scheduled to speak during the event are Mayor Carl Brugger, Master Naturalist project manager Fredi Franki, and city of Granite Shoals parks chairman Seth Smith. Cookies and lemonade will be served.

The view from inside the Granite Shoals wildlife viewing station.
The view from inside the Granite Shoals wildlife viewing station.

City Manager Ken Nickel said the viewing station is an enticing bonus to an already popular Quarry Park.

“We may spark interest in other another group of folks who may not do hike and bike but are interested in doing birding,” he said.

The wildlife viewing station sits in front of a pond with glass windows overlooking the water. The glass is angled so people can watch wildlife without the animals seeing them. The design decreases the chance that birds will fly into the glass and injure themselves.

Benches have been set up inside to accommodate about 25 people.

“I think it’s going to be a good viewing station,” Nickel said.

The Highland Lakes Master Naturalists have built a couple of other viewing stations in the area with the goal of creating a birding trail.

Read more about the station’s design at 101HighlandLakes.com.

jfierro@thepicayune.com