Coastal Bird Banding with Alabama Audubon
April 14 - April 18
Public bird banding returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast again spring of 2020, courtesy of Alabama Audubon and its partners (Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Edwin L. and Elizabeth L. Skelton Foundation, the Alabama Historical Commission, Mobile Bay Audubon Society). Registration is encouraged for planning purposes. Registration link coming soon!
Next year’s banding event runs from Tuesday, April 14th, 2020, to Saturday, April 18th, at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan (110 AL-180, Gulf Shores). Alabama Audubon invites the public to join during the following hours:
- Tuesday, April 14th, noon to 3 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 15th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Thursday, April 16th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Friday, April 17th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- Saturday, April 18th, 8 a.m. to noon
Reviving the bird banding program originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this event provides an invaluable look at spring migrants traveling across the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway. Throughout the week, participants enjoy unparalleled access to the researchers and the work, with up-close-and-personal views of some amazing birds.
Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. (Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit http://www.fort-morgan.org.)