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2017 Exploring Dauphin Island and the Coastal Birding Trail’s Western Section

Tuesday, April 4, 2017 Dauphin Island, AL After ‘dining,’ using the term loosely, at our normal go-to Dauphin Island eatery (JT’s Sunset Grill), we visited Shell Mound and Cadillac Square. There were essentially NO birds present! However, although we o …

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Blakeley Delta Explorer Birding Trip January 18, 2017 (AESB)

We had 47 birders join us for the birding Cruise out of Blakeley Historic State Park on January 18, 2017.  Amazingly everyone was there and on the boat EARLY.  Our Captain, Steve and his mate, Richard were so helpful and fun too!  Mike Bunn, our contac …

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Ruffner Mountain Birding Report, October 9, 2016

White-throated Sparrow, photo by Paul H. Franklin A Report on Ruffner Mountain from Scot Duncan It was a chilly morning at the Ruffner Mountain Wetlands this Sunday (checklist below). The pre-dawn was calm, but as the sun rose the winds brought by the …

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8 Places You Shouldn’t Miss in East Alabama

This slideshow requires JavaScript. 1.     West Point Dam and surroundings: Spectacular opportunities to watch Bald Eagles and Osprey. And, of course, access to water. 2.     Cherokee Ridge Hiking Trails. Good hiking with lots of views of Lake Martin. …

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State Park Memories Make Me Smile

By Joe Watts, the president of the Birmingham Audubon Society and a long-time part of the Alabama Birding Trails program and of the Alabama State Park system. This op-ed originally appeared in al.com. State Parks have always mattered to me. I can’t rec …

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

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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A Tribute to Maureen Shaffer

Maureen enjoying the Christmas Bird Count in Gulf Shores, Alabama by Anne Miller, President of Alabama Ornithological Society Note from the Alabama Birding Trails Program: Maureen offered so much to the program, from visiting sites and attending meetin …

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A Wake-up Call for Alabama’s Birders

By Anne G. Miller, President, Alabama Ornithological Society This is a wake-up call for Alabama’s birders. Most of us know how important it is for us to contribute our bird sightings to eBird, but too few of us are doing it. Sponsored by the Cornell La …

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

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

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.

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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Sherling Lake

Just 5 minutes from Greenville, the parks rolling hills feature mature, open pines along the ridges and all-age mixed pine-oak woods in the valleys.

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Perry Lakes Park

An 800 acre mosaic of habitats offering an old growth floodplain with mixed hardwood bottomlands, oxbow lakes and 7 miles of trails.

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Moundville Park

The park’s American Indian mounds dot a large field with multiple marshes; the western edge abuts the Black Warrior River.

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