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Gosse Nature Walk #13: Red Mountain Park

March 2 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our thirteenth Gosse Nature Walk takes us to Red Mountain Park, Birmingham’s largest urban green space and a must-visit site for outdoors explorers of all stripes. Special guest Rachel Ahrnsen, Red Mountain’s Natural Resources Specialist, joins us to provide an insider’s look at life on the mountain, and to help us visualize one of the South’s great post-industrial ecological recoveries. The details: Meet up is at noon in the Red Mountain parking lot, located at the intersection of Frankfurt Drive and Lyon Lane…

Field Trip: Ebenezer Swamp

March 3 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Explore this remarkably diverse habitat just a short drive south of the city. The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Alabaster McDonald’s (205 South Colonial Drive), located just off I-65 (Exit 238) on US 31. As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, a full tank of gas, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire. (Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.) The birds: You can find the most…

Wheeler NWR-Beaverdam Peninsula Tower/Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike

March 3 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wheeler NWR-Beaverdam Peninsula Tower/Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24) - 3 March, 2018 (SATURDAY) 8:00 am (NOTE LATER MEETING TIME) Our final trip to White Springs Dike for the year is in its second year, at a time when we are usually taking a break, as waterfowl start moving out of the area, and prior to spring migration. Last year’s trip was great, with good numbers of several duck species, including especially Blue- and Green-winged Teal, Shoveler…

Monte Sano State Park Field Trip

March 31 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monte Sano State Park (NABT #29) – 31 March, 2018 (SATURDAY) 7:00 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)

Hays Nature Preserve Field Trip

April 7 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Hays Nature Preserve/Goldsmith-Schiffman Sanctuary (NABT #30) – 7 April, 2018 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am NABS has birded both 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,…

Monte Sano State Park Field Trip

April 14 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Monte Sano State Park (NABT #29)) – 14 April, 2018 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am Join us for a nice morning of birding as trees start to leaf out on Monte Sano. Monte Sano State Park is one of the best known and most productive spots in the state for neotropical migration birding; we are still 10-14 days from migration peak, but there should be some nice birds up there, including some of our returning resident warblers, tanagers, perhaps some orioles, vireos,…

Blackwell Swamp Field Trip

April 15 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Blackwell Swamp (NABT #26) – 15 April, 2018 (SUNDAY) 7:00 am This area has been getting more attention lately as a prime birding spot. There is flooded woodland and marsh habitat here, which can be explored by car, on foot or by canoe. A variety of wetland species may be present, including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Green Heron, and perhaps some other less common species, such as Snowy Egret or Little Blue Heron. Common Gallinule and Anhinga are…

2nd annual Purple Martin Jamboree

June 15 - June 17

2nd annual Purple Martin Jamboree birdwatching event for Purple Martin enthusiast from all over the world! Information will be available from several places on Purple Martin products, drinks, snacks, hopeful meal served, hopeful bird banding, donations accepted, no vendor or entrance fee, product giveaway drawings, products available for sale, gospel singing on Sunday, The Boys of Alabama! https://www.facebook.com/events/1367164526722380/?ti=cl

The Alabama Coastal Birdfest

October 3 @ 8:00 am - October 6 @ 5:00 pm

From Oct. 3-6 in Spanish Fort, bird watchers fly in from all over the country to view more than 100 species of migrating birds that are doing the same. www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com BirdFest showcases great bird- and nature-watching spots all around Baldwin and Mobile counties, including Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Weeks Bay, Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Bayou La Batre, Forever Wild Grand Bay Savanna, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour River, Fly Creek, Environmental Studies Center (a wildlife rehabilitation facility), Alligator Alley (a “gator rescue” facility),…

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