Fayette field trip
AOS Birds and Barbecue eBird Field Trip to Fayette County Planned for
Saturday, May 20, 2017
The Alabama Ornithological Society plans an all-day birding blitz in Fayette County on Saturday, May 20, led by Greg Harber, one of Alabama’s leading birders.
AOS has undertaken a multi-year project in cooperation with Cornell Lab of Ornithology to boost Alabama’s records of bird occurrences in the eBird database. eBird is Cornell Lab’s citizen science project that tracks bird population dynamics using input from birders across the United States and also globally. Several areas within our state are seriously lacking in eBird reports, and AOS is targeting these areas for special attention. AOS plans include a series of field trips to the under-reported areas to help collect the missing data. The first field trip will help bolster the data for Fayette County. Birders who participate in the all-day field trip will also have a chance to explore the best barbecue in Fayette County at the renowned Sam’s Smokehouse in Fayette, named by AL.com as Fayette County’s Best Barbecue.
Meeting Place and Travel Plans: Our meeting place is the Fultondale Chik-fil-A, located at 215 Howell Street, Fultondale, which is off I-65 at exit 267. We will leave at 7 a.m. (please arrive early for pre-trip instructions) and caravan via I-22 to Jasper, then AL Hwy 124/102 and US Hwy 43 to Fayette, where we will reconvene at approximately 8:30 a.m. at the McDonald’s (1421 Temple Ave. N) — a drive of approximately 75 miles.
Van Gravlee, our local host, will then guide the group to several birding locations in the area. Our goal is to visit several habitat types in order to maximize our species count for the day. The Sipsey River is one of the dominant landscape features in the county and so we will attempt to gain access at several areas to properly survey the species that occur there. We will also visit farm-and-field habitat to document the birds found in grassland habitat. Even the Fayette city park will hold species we will want to document. Essentially, we will count every bird we see!
This will be an all-day trip, so bring a picnic lunch, drinks and snacks. Remember, weather this time of year can be changeable, so dress appropriately. Have a full tank of gas. Bring your binoculars and spotting scopes. For those who wish, we will have an early supper at the highly acclaimed Sam’s Smokehouse. Read more about it here: http://www.al.com/entertainment/index.ssf/2014/09/alabamas_best_bbq_ribs_finalis_12.html
Trip leader: Greg Harber, 205-251-2133, home/evenings, or 205-807-8055, day of field trip only.