The Sauta Cave National Wildlife Refuge was once called the Blowing Wind Cave National Wildlife Refuge. In the past, the cave served a variety of uses. Cherokee natives mined the soil to make saltpeter for gunpowder. Saltpeter mining continued on occasion across the War of 1812, and the American Civil War.
Fern Cave National Wildlife Refuge
Alabama National Wildlife Refuges Index Page
Fern Cave NWR was purchased in 1981 to provide protection for the federally endangered gray and Indiana bats. It consists of 199 acres of forested hillside underlain by a massive cave with many stalactite and stalagmite-filled rooms. The cave has five hidden entrances with four occurring on the Refuge. Fern Cave contains the largest wintering colony of gray bats in the United States with over one million bats hibernating there in the winter. Bat experts also think that as many as one million Indiana bats may be using the cave and an expedition into the cave is being planned for the future. Getting There .
Situated on the edge of the Cumberland Plateau and the Highland Ridge, Hartselle Alabama is located along Interstate 65 within the Decatur metropolitan Region, and 35 miles from the high tech city of Huntsville, Alabama.
Morgan County Alabama was created by an act of the Alabama Territorial General Assembly on February 6, 1818, preceding Alabama’s statehood by almost two years. The county was originally named Cotaco for a creek that flows through it.
Cook’s Natural Science Museum in Decatur, Alabama, Morgan County, offers an educational experience for individuals, schools, church groups and other organizations FREE of charge. Enjoy an educational and entertaining trip to one of North Alabama’s most inspiring attractions. Our talking exhibits and life displays will impress you. The museum provides extensive collections of beautiful and exotic insects, mounted birds and animals, rocks and minerals, seashells and coral. Protected and endangered species are included in the museum’s vast collection and many animals are displayed in their natural habitats.