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2017 Great Backyard Bird Count

February 17 - February 20

Bird watchers of all ages count birds to create a real-time snapshot of where birds are. Our friends at the Birmingham Audubon Society will be taking part, but you can do your part anywhere in Alabama, just by looking out your window and counting the birds! Submit your sightings here! We're just a few weeks ago from the 2017 Great Backyard Bird Count!! This is a great opportunity to contribute to conservation science. We will have two bird walks that…

Fins, Feathers & Flowers

February 24 @ 8:00 am - February 26 @ 5:00 pm

A weekend waterfowl/wildlife program centered at the Lakepoint State Park that includes Wiregrass Birding Trail stops, educational programs and visits to the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge

Old Creek Walk

March 1 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

A walk to see an active Eagle nest and learn the basics about nesting, hatching, raising an eaglet! We'll be at a respectable distance!

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge – White Springs Dike (NABT)

March 4 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm

Our final trip to White Springs for the year is a new one for us, at a time we are usually taking a break, as waterfowl start moving out of the area and prior to spring migration. However, last March a few of us did bird a couple of times on the dike (looking for Rusty blackbirds) and found it to be surprisingly productive, hence adding this trip for the upcoming season. There were still good numbers and variety of…

Nature Walk- Perry Lakes Park

March 11 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Naturalists Frank & Shirley Farrell will lead us on nature walk around Perry Lakes Park. Meet at 8:00 a.m. at the dirt road entrance to the park. Plan to stay 3 - 4 hours, or as long as you want. Bring water & insect repellent. There are picnic tables, so you can bring a sack lunch if you want to eat there.

Hickory Dickory Rookery in Prattville

March 16 @ 9:00 am - 2:00 pm

The City of Prattville takes us to see a multi-species rookery, with Great Blue Herons and Great Egrets sharing the condo.

Audubon Teaches Nature: Mysteries of Bird Migration

March 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Black & White Warbler by Matt Hunter. During this twenty-sixth year of Audubon Teaches Nature we will explore and celebrate the diversity of Alabama’s natural history. These seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills to allow you to more fully enjoy your time in the field, whether birding, botanizing, hiking or biking. Audubon Teaches Nature will give you the unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Alabama’s leading naturalists ~ authorities who are willing to share…

A Spring Walk at the Wood Duck Preserve

March 25 @ 8:00 am - 10:00 am

Come see what Spring brings to the Opelika Wood Duck Heritage Preserve & Siddique Nature Park.

Birds, Belles, & Blooms

March 25 @ 10:00 am - March 26 @ 5:00 pm

Join us for 2 days in Camden. On 3/25 from 10:00 a.m. - 2 p.m., we'll visit the Wilcox County Historical Homes Tour. We'll head to Roland Cooper State Park around 2:30 p.m. to bird, & then have a sunset photo walk along the river. On the morning of 3/26, we'll bird some other Black Belt Birding Trail sites. Then at 2:00 p.m., we'll visit the Grampian Hills for a native plant presentation/ tour by Tommy Lawler.

Monte Sano State Park (NABT) – 1 April, 2017 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am

April 1 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

On this trip we hope to catch some early spring migrants, especially Louisiana Waterthrush. To get to our meeting spot, take Monte Sano Boulevard off Governors Drive at the top of the mountain and follow the signs to the park; once there, go in the direction of headquarters and park at the Camp Store, in the gravel, if possible. (34.745325 -86.511672). – John Ehinger, Leader (256-536-2716; johnehinger@yahoo.com)

The Huntsville Botanical Garden – 8 April, 2017 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am

April 8 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 am

This trip will focus on Neotropical migrants. The Garden is a beautiful setting, with a variety of specialty gardens, a butterfly house and nature trails (including the Lewis Birding Trail), some of which wind through native lowland forest. Last year near this date the native azaleas were in their full glory; the birds were good too, with a few migrants around. The Garden is located at 4747 Bob Wallace Ave. SW, near the US Space and Rocket Center; the entrance…

Hays Nature Preserve/Goldsmith-Schiffman Sanctuary – 9 April, 2017 (SUNDAY) 7:00 am

April 9 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

NABS has birded both of these areas regularly, especially Hays; there should be a few migrants present, especially neotropical songbirds. Meet at Hays which, from Huntsville, is about a mile past the Publix shopping center near Hampton Cove on Hwy 431, on the left just past the Taylor Lane light (there is a sign). Follow the road to the parking area on the right (34.644106 -86.466389). – Bill McAllister, Leader (256-534-8354; billmcallister94@gmail.com)

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