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The Big Day: Get Outdoors Day 2015


Watch the The Big Year and a great Golden Eagle Research Project video. Enjoy a bonfire with s’mores! Participate in your very own BIG DAY competition to spot the most birds! Fishing Derby. More! Have fun!!!! Friday May 8, 2015- Saturday May 9, 2015.

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UWA Prairie Birding Walk

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Saturday, April 4th from 8 am to 11 am. Join John Hall and James Lamb, expert birders and interpreters, along with Stephen Liberman, Black Belt Gardens at Lake LU for a bird walk that is sure to be spectacular. Spring migration will be well underway and this site, considered one of the best in West […]

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Winter Bird Walk at Old Cahawba

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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park will have its first Winter Bird Walk on Saturday, February 7, 2015, from 8:00 to 10:00 AM. Meet at the visitor’s center, rain or shine. The activity fee is $8 per adult. The first ten participants also receive a FREE bird nest box kit. All skill levels are welcome to attend […]

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18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

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OFF THE PORCH with Judy and Don Self  As we write, the 115th Audubon Christmas Bird Count (CBC) is about to get under way. Between the 14th of December and 5th of January, tens of thousands of volunteers will take to the field to count the birds in over 2000 count circles, each 15 miles […]

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Autumn Birding in the Black Belt

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Off The Porch with Judy and Don Self Autumn Birding at Silver Creek Park, Clarke County and Claiborne Dam Site West Park, Monroe County, Alabama (Sites 8 and 9 respectively on the Piney Woods Birding Trail) These two Corps of Engineers parks are located on the west bank of the Alabama River just a few […]

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The Annual Hummer Invasion

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by  Judy and Don Self No, not the 4-wheeled kind, the winged, 1/10th ounce, southbound kind. Fall migration of the Ruby-throated Hummingbirds is in full swing. It began back in late July, but peaks here at Almosta Farm in mid-September. But those of you who enjoy feeding them are already well aware of this. Just […]

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Aldridge Botanical Gardens


by Paul H. Franklin Aldridge Gardens is a 30-acre former private home, lake, gardens, and grounds, conveyed to the city of Hoover in 1997 and converted to use as a botanical garden. It features an abundance of Snowflake hydrangeas – a selected variation of the state’s official wildflower, the Oak-leaded hydrangea. Don’t rush through the […]

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Sanders Ferry Road

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Starting as a semi-suburban two-lane road, Sanders Ferry Rd suddenly changes into open croplands on the south side and semi-open pinewoods on the north. There is excellent birding potential here, and you can reach more farm and field habitat and a sod farm by retracing Sanders Ferry, then turning right on Black Warrior Road. This […]

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Cypress Lake/Foster Fields

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Foster Loop Road is almost impossible to summarize briefly. The loop passes through an almost endless series of habitat types, and thus produces opportunities for an equally varied list of birds. Look for birds of old fields, agricultural lands, roadside scrub, dense pines, cypress swamps, and mixed all-age woodlands. High points: soaring Mississippi Kites, along […]

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Hale County Catfish Ponds

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Hale County is the center of Alabama’s catfish farming industry. These shallow man-made ponds present excellent habitat for swallows; Barn, Cliff, Rough-winged, and Purple Martins breed here, while Tree and Bank swallows are migrants. This is a good area for finding waders, including Wood Storks in summer and fall. You will see Red-winged Blackbirds, Belted […]

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Birding Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, Dallas County, Alabama


Old Cahawba Archaeological Park near Orville was chosen as the site for the Black Belt Birding Trail Advisory Group’s May meeting and, as a bonus, we conducted a 2-hour bird walk prior to the meeting. Although the Clear Creek Nature Trail is located just west of the Visitor’s Center, we chose to bird the Capitol […]

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Sipsey River Bottoms and Shirley’s Bridges


Shirley’s Bridges span the Sipsey River’s bottomlands in northern Tuscaloosa County. The birding here is spectacular from spring through fall, when the birds are abundant and easily observed from the road’s apron around the bridges. You will hardly believe that so many Prothonotary Warblers, Acadian Flycatchers, Louisiana Waterthrushes, and American Redstarts exist. Also look for […]

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