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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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Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve & Siddique Nature Park Saturday, October 11, 2014


Please join us at the Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve & Siddique Nature Park Saturday, October 11, 2014 at 8:45 a.m. The Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve & Siddique Nature Park is a beautiful respite from concrete and asphalt! The woods are full of hawks, warblers, owls, songbirds and, of course, Wood Ducks. Join us for […]

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Brierfield Boasts Birds and Botanical Wonders Saturday May 10


See magnificent birds of prey—an eagle, hawks and owls—and take a wildflower walk and a bird watching walk at Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park Saturday, May 10 from 9am-12Noon. Bibb County’s only state park will be a great place for the whole family to enjoy the wonders of nature. The occasion is the official Bibb County […]

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Wiregrass Birding Trail Event at Conecuh National Forest

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The Annual Walk In The Forest for area school children included a Wiregrass Birding Trail Dedication on Wednesday April 16th. Attendance was nearly 400 people including students, teachers, parents, United States Forest Service personnel, State Forestry Commission personnel and Alabama Extension System (ACES) employees. The children  numbered around 350 for all three days. The Andalusia […]

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Give the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) a try!

An Eastern Screech Owl takes a mid-day snooze in a hackberry tree.  Don Self

OFF THE PORCH with Judy and Don Self Okay, so February is here.  Deer and duck season have come and gone; neither of our football teams won the national championship; and you feel a bad case of cabin fever coming on.  Well, I have a solution, at least for four days at mid-month.  Give the […]

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Winter Birding at Monroe County Lake

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by Judy and Don Self Beatrice, Monroe County, Alabama (Site 14 on the Piney Woods Birding Trail) Birding Monroe County Lake in the winter when there is less human activity around the lake is guaranteed to produce some interesting birds.  Our visit on a recent January was no exception.  Birds were literally everywhere! Directions from […]

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Bird-watching Hot Spots in Alabama

Painted Bunting, just one of the many birds found along Alabama's Birding Trails

Thanks to a long-term project of the Alabama Tourism Department and the Alabama Department of Conservation, Alabama has a much easier way to be part of the great eco-vacation explosion: the Alabama Birding Trails. With over 430 bird species documented in Alabama, there’s more to see here than you can imagine. Watching a Bald Eagle […]

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April 26, 2013-West Alabama Birding Launch Lake Lurleen State Park


Please join us for a West Alabama Birding Launch at Lake Lurleen State Park – Pavilion One Park Admission is FREE for this special event! 13226 Lake Lurleen Road Coker, Alabama 35452 Friday, April 26, 2013 9:30 am – 1:00 pm BIRDS, BIRDS, BIRDS! Join us for a hands-on educational birding experience and birding walk! […]

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Hosts A Celebration of Cranes

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge will hold its first Festival of the Cranes, a one-day event filled with refuge tours, up-close viewings, workshops, live raptors, and nature walks, January 12, 2013, kicking off a year-long celebration of Wheeler’s 75th anniversary. The celebration of Sandhill Cranes and Whooping Cranes will bring together experienced birders and those who […]

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