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I saw some folks out with binoculars last weekend. Birding. I’ve been birding… from above, yummy!
Well, evidently Alabama is particularly abundant and diverse in its wildlife and bird populations. So state officials have posted birding trails. Coosa is a part of the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail.
The state did this to boost tourism. Now, I know that Coosa has a number of folks that don’t care for tourists hanging around. But the whole point of tourism is that they don’t stay long and they leave their money.
Or they would leave their money if there were stores, shoppes, restaurants, and gas stations large enough to get in with trailers and RVs. With two lakes, scenic creeks, hiking trails, and abundant wildlife and birds, tourism ought to be playing a bigger role in our tax base.
However, our roads aren’t fit to drive; there are no gas stations in the west half of the county, and even my favorite restaurant is already closed for the season, missing a good two months of outdoor dining weather.
Are we just not trying? What would it take to use tourism to give us a boost? I do like to hear your thoughts. And be your eye in the sky.
Editor’s note: Readers can submit “Letters to Buzzy” and “Ask Buzzy” via mail to The Coosa County News; P.O. Box 99; Rockford, AL 35136; or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Any correspondence received will be promptly passed along to Coosa County’s favorite buzzard.