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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)

Field Trip: Perry Lakes Park and Marion Fish Hatchery

April 6 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

April brings early-spring migrants back through Alabama, and we’ll be there to meet them at one of the best birding locations on the southern coastal plains. First, we’ll visit the moss-draped cypress trees of Perry Lakes Park, located along a series of oxbow lakes created by the meandering Cahaba River. For the botanists among us, we’ll have a chance to see atamasco lilies in the boggy soil below, as well as red buckeye on the forest floor. One special feature at…

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)

Field Trip: Bull’s Gap, Talladega National Forest

April 13 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Scenic Bull’s Gap, located on the Alabama Birding Trail in the southern reaches of the Talladega National Forest east of Sylacauga, hosts many colorful neotropical songbirds. Among them are Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, Black-throated Green Warblers, Ovenbirds, and Worm-eating Warblers. We may even find Blue-headed Vireos, which breed in the higher elevations. We will also visit Red-cockaded Woodpecker colonies that are located west of Bull’s Gap, along AL Hwy 148. As time permits, we will visit other sites within the…

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…

Coastal Bird Banding

April 16 - April 20

Be sure to check the Birmingham Audubon website for up-to-date details about this event! Public bird banding returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast again this spring, courtesy of Birmingham Audubon and its partners (Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources, Mississippi State University, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Alabama Historical Commission, Mobile Bay Audubon Society). Registration is encouraged for planning purposes. This year’s banding event runs from Tuesday, April 16th, 2019, to Saturday, April 20th, at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan (110 AL-180,…

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…

William B. Bankhead National Forest (NABT #14)

May 4 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

Bankhead National Forest (BNF) in northwestern Alabama is 180,000 acres of mesic hardwood, mixed pine-hardwood, shortleaf pine, oak-hickory, hemlock-white pine and mountain longleaf pine forest, with many limestone bluffs, swift flowing streams and waterfalls; the 26,000-acre Sipsey Wilderness is also found here. Migration birding this time of year is usually quite productive in BNF and we’ve had some great trips there the past few years. We’ll meet at Site 14 of the North Alabama Birding Trail (Central Firetower). From Huntsville,…

Indian Creek Greenway

May 5 @ 7:00 am - 10:30 am

The Indian Creek Greenway is a pleasant place to bird, with opportunities to get good looks at migrants. The major reason this trip was planned a few years back was to look for Mourning Warblers. This species is a secretive late spring migrant through this area that is rarely seen. We have had good trips here over the years, e.g., Mourning, Wilson and Canada Warblers, Warbling Vireo, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Black-billed Cuckoo, Yellow-crowned Night Heron and a variety of other species.…

Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop

May 9 - May 12

43rd Annual Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop 9–12 May 2019 Alpine Camp, Mentone, Alabama Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop, one of the Southeast’s largest and oldest events dedicated to the natural history of the southern Appalachians, returns to Mentone for the 43rd year! We hope you’ll consider joining us in May 2019 as we celebrate with another great year of classes exploring the ecology, wildlife, and culture of beautiful northeastern Alabama. Together with our world-class faculty, you’ll enjoy a broad overview of the region’s natural and…

Leighton Area, Town Creek (NABT #4, 5)

May 11 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

We will explore the Leighton area and Town Creek, targeting shorebird migrants, whose movement through our area should be strong at this time of year. Our success will depend largely on water levels and weather. 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 and turn right on Neher St., follow to pavilion parking lot. –…

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