Despite being the most populated city in Alabama, the Birmingham Metropolitan area is no exception, and is home to three endangered darters in the genus Etheostoma. Funds provided by the USFWS will support a coordinated effort to enhance and preserve habitat for trust species, expose diverse communities to principles of conservation, ecological restoration methodologies, and ecological services career opportunities. Partners in this endeavor include: USFWS, Geological Survey of Alabama, Freshwater Land Trust. The Nature Conservancy, Alabama Forestry Association and Turkey Creek Nature Preserve. The grant supports habitat improvement, internships, rapid assessment training, endangered species tour and educational material (signage and video).