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Eagle Awareness Weekends

January 25 - January 27
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An event every week that begins at 12:00am on Friday, repeating until February 17, 2019

Lake Guntersville State Park is preparing for it’s 34th year of Eagle Awareness Weekends. These events will begin on January 25-27th, 2019 and continue for three consecutive weekends. Scheduled programs and presenters will include (subject to change) Jan. 25-27th-(Reservation Code 7448) Carnivorous Plants of Alabama with Brittney Hughes; Birds of Prey with David Haggard; Whooping Cranes with Shelly Taliaferro; and Birds of Prey with the Alabama Wildlife Center Feb. 1st-3rd- (Reservation Code 7449) Migratory Birds with Big Dave Holloway; the…

Winter Bird Walk with Friends of Lake Jackson

January 26 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am

All interested are invited and encouraged to join Florala natives, Marsha and John Hooten on a Winter Bird Walk! Meet us at 9:00 AM on Saturday, January 26th at Manning's Landing (1/4 mile north of the Florala RV Park, 439 Victoria Lane, Florala, Alabama, 36442). Binoculars recommended! The Hootens will lead the group in identifying and observing all types of fowl and waterfowl present. Birds that may be encountered include sandhill cranes, eagles, coots and other duck species, cardinals, robins,…

Gosse Nature Walk #20: Railroad Park

February 1 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The twentieth installation of our Gosse Nature Walk Series takes us downtown to Railroad Park. Join us as we get to know our urban birds with special guest and master birder Greg Harber. The details: Meetup is at noon in front of the Boxcar Café, just north of the intersection of 17th Street and 1st Avenue South. Insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire may all come in handy, depending on the weather. If you have your own binoculars, you’ll definitely…

Field trip: Coleman Lake, Talladega National Forest

February 2 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers and Red Crossbills are two of the most uncommon species in Alabama, but we will likely see both on our day-long field trip to Coleman Lake and the nearby Pinhoti Trail. Fox and Bachman’s Sparrows may also be found here with some regularity. Following a picnic lunch in the field, we’ll search for Golden Eagles. If time allows and there is an interest, we can continue birding at scenic Pine Glen Campground, located south of Coleman Lake in the…

Guntersville Waterfront/Peninsula, Guntersville Dam South (NABT #35, 36)

February 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

This trip starts on Sunset Parkway along the west side of Guntersville. We should see a great variety of ducks, many loons and grebes, possibly some odd terns and gulls, eagles, etc. Meet in Guntersville at the Chamber of Commerce parking lot on the south end of the Hwy 431 bridge. From there, we’ll go west on the Lake Loop Road and bird the waterfront. The tour will then go south and across the Hwy 69 Causeway to the south…

Mallard-Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area/Wheeler Dam (NABT #1, 2)

February 9 @ 8:00 am - 1:00 pm

We’ll start with the Mallard-Fox Creek WMA and work our way west, searching for water birds, sparrows and other winter residents or early migrants. Mid- to late-February is a transition period for waterfowl and other birds, and weather will play a key role in what we see. We’ll meet at the Ingalls Boat Harbor Pavilion in Decatur: from the direction of Huntsville, cross the river bridge and take the first right onto Alt 72/20 (Wilson St.). Go about a mile…

Wheeler NWR-Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24)

March 2 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Our final trip to White Springs Dike for the season is in its third year, at a time when we are usually taking a break, as waterfowl start moving out of the area, and prior to spring migration. Duck numbers are still usually good, but with less variety, with migrating Blue-winged Teal moving through, good numbers of Green-winged Teal and Shovelers around, etc. A couple of years ago we got a big surprise, with the presence of a beautiful male…

Monte Sano State Park (NABT #29)

March 30 @ 7:00 am - 9:00 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/Goldsmith Sanctuary (NABT #29)

April 13 @ 7:00 am - 10:00 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, Leader (256-534-8354; billmcallister94@gmail.com)

Wheeler NWR – Blackwell Swamp/Penny Bottoms/Buckeye (NABT #26)

April 14 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 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 rarely found here and you might get a glimpse at an…

Wheeler NWR Spring Migration Count (NABT)

April 27 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm

The format for this count is similar to Christmas Counts – identify and count all birds seen or heard from dawn to late afternoon/dusk; different groups bird different parts of the refuge and nearby areas. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and needed, as we are usually short-handed for migration counts. Arrangements can also be made to spend part of the day counting for those who can’t commit to the whole day (morning or afternoon). We’ll regroup at the…

Monte Sano State Park (NABT #29)

April 28 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am

Join us near migration peak as we bird one of the best spots in the state for spring migration. The Park can be filled with birds this time of year, including an impressive variety of beautiful warblers in breeding plumage, orioles, grosbeaks, both species of tanagers, 4-5 species of vireos, all thrush species we can see in this area, etc. The birds are often relatively easy to see, too; several hotspots near our meeting spot are easy to find, including…

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