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 Kickoff of the West Alabama Birding Trail, which will be held in and near the Kermit Stephens Pavilion at the park. Though the state birding trail has existed nearly 10 years, and the West Alabama Birding Trail was formed from it several years ago, there has not been a Bibb County launch of the trail.
Opening the Kickoff at 9am will be a Raptor Trek Presentation by Becky Collier of the Coosa River Science School at the Alabama 4-H Center. An experienced handler of raptors, Collier will be accompanied by an American Bald Eagle, owls and hawks. In addition to showing the raptors, Collier will discuss the habitat, lifestyles and ecological roles associated with the large birds.
After the Raptor Trek Presentation, there will be a bird watching walk led by Ty Keith, a volunteer with the Birmingham Audubon Society. Keith will provide general information about bird watching, such as ‘how-to’ tips, birding etiquette, and an overview of bird species that can be seen in Bibb County and central Alabama.
Kickoff activities will conclude with a ‘Wildflower Walk’ led by the Bibb County Citizens for Wildflowers (BCCW). BCCW is a local, nonprofit organization that promotes good stewardship of the county’s natural resources and awareness of the beautiful wildflowers in the county.
Complimentary light refreshments will also be available during the Kickoff.
Bibb County is one of nine counties in the West Alabama Birding Trail. The others are Marion, Lamar, Fayette, Pickens, Walker, Tuscaloosa, Greene and Hale. Bibb County’s bird watching sites listed on the Trail, in addition to Brierfield Ironworks Park, are West Blocton Coke Ovens Park, Living River, Bibb County Glades Preserve, Talladega National Forest-Oakmulgee Division, and the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge.
The Bibb County Kickoff of the West Alabama Birding Trail is made possible by a county partnership award from The University of West Alabama Center for the Study of the Black Belt and the Alabama Black Belt Heritage Area. Program partners are Cahaba Riverkeeper, Bibb County Extension Office, Birmingham Audubon Society, Friends of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park, and BCCW.