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Inez Watts and the author at Desoto State Park in 1975

By Joe Watts, the president of the Birmingham Audubon Society and a long-time part of the Alabama Birding Trails program. This op-ed originally appeared in State Parks have always mattered to me. I can’t recall a time in my memory when a trip t …

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Fall Migration: Plan A Fun Event to an Alabama Birding Trail

Signage for the Wiregrass Birding Trail, designed by Joe Watts for the Florala Wetlands Park

Fall migration is the perfect time to plan a visit to an Alabama Birding Trail! The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED), The Alabama Tourism Department, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, The Birming …

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eBird and Alabama: Details About Which Counties Use It


By Anne G. Miller, President, Alabama Ornithological Society (AOS) The Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s eBird database is based on checklists of bird sightings submitted from the field by amateur birders as well as ornithologists. eBird uses these checklis …

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Ruffner Report – 1 November 2015 – Black-throated Blue Warbler

White-throated Sparrow, photo by Paul H. Franklin

by R. Scot Duncan After spending about 10 hours prepping for teaching this week, I headed out to Ruffner late this afternoon, despite the gloomy weather to get some fresh (but damp) air. A thin drizzle was falling, just enough to necessitate keeping yo …

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8 Birding Trail Sites Perfect for Fall

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Fall migration is getting into full swing. There are many locations throughout Alabama that are genuine hotspots to watch as our feathered friends head south for winter. With 270 sites along all 8 of Alabama Birding Trails, what locations should you pi …

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Birds aren’t the only colorful thing you’ll see along Alabama’s Birding Trails.

Holy Ground Battlefield Park

The fall foliage can be amazing! The Alabama Birding Trails highlight the best public locations for watching birds year-round. Find sites by location or by season. Discover “secret” locations from experienced birders. Learn what birds are being reporte …

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May 16 Birdwalk at Coosa Wildlife Management Area


7 a.m. – 9:15 Raptor release at 9:30 Coosa Wildlife Management Area The Coosa Wildlife Management Area offers outstanding birding opportunities.  The Double Bridges location is on Hatchet Creek at Lake Mitchell, and offers access to a trail that is cur …

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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 an …

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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 bir …

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18th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count

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OFF THE PORCH with Judy and Don Self Click for larger image  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 …

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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 …

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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 w …

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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 …

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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 Chipping Sparrows, American Goldfinches, and a lone Pine Warbler cover feeders in our backyard. Don Self Okay, so February is here.  Deer and duck season have come and gone; neither of our football teams won the nat …

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