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Field Trip: Blount Springs

September 23 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Come along with Birmingham Audubon as we debut a new field trip to the lush woodlands of southwestern Blount County. We’ll begin with a morning of casual birding on the idyllic streets of Blount Springs, a private, 450-acre community about halfway between Birmingham and Cullman. Then, after lunch, we’ll visit Rickwood Caverns State Park for a birding walk around the one-mile Fossil Mountain Loop. The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Fultondale Chik-Fil-A (215 Howell Street, Fultondale), located…

Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area

September 23 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (NABT #21) – 23 September, 2017 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am This trip targets neotropical songbird migrants and shorebirds (depending on water levels), either breeding residents heading south or transients passing through from the north, mostly on their way to Central and South America. As many or more birds actually pass through our area in the fall than in spring, but the migration period is longer and a defined peak is hard to pinpoint. We will meet…

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Fall Migration Count

September 30 @ 5:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Fall Migration Count (NABT) –30 September, 2017 (SATURDAY) 5:00-6:00 am (meeting time varies by count group) The format for this count is similar to that used for Audubon 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. This count is always scheduled during the peak fall migration period. Birders of all skill levels are welcome; we need all…

Birmingham Audubon Fall Bird Count

September 30 @ 7:00 am - 8:00 pm

Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Birmingham Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with four great counts, beginning with our fifty-third annual Fall Bird Count, scheduled for Saturday, September 30th. Together, we’ll spend the day in small groups surveying bird populations at a wide variety of sites located in Jefferson, Shelby, and St. Clair counties. Fall migrants, resident hawks, large waders, even common birds like Northern Mockingbirds and American…

Alabama Coastal BirdFest

October 4 @ 8:00 am - October 8 @ 5:00 pm

Wednesday, October 4, 2017 - 6:00pm to Sunday, October 8, 2017 - 5:00pm The 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest is Oct. 4-7, 2017. Alabama Coastal BirdFest is an annual event with guided trips, speakers, dinners, and free activities on the beautiful Alabama Gulf Coast. Trips and evening events require advance registration. Registration opens in early August. Visit www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com to learn more. Contact Email: john.borom@faulknerstate.edu

Gosse Nature Walk #8: Moss Rock Preserve

October 6 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Our eighth Gosse Nature Walk takes us to Hoover’s Moss Rock Preserve, home to forests, sandstone-glade outcrops, streams, waterfalls, and other interesting features—not to mention records for at least 145 bird species. Special guest Ken Wills, co-author of Exploring Wild Alabama: A Guide to the State’s Publicly Accessible Natural Areas, will join us to provide an expert’s take on this special urban nature preserve.   The details: Check back soon for details on our meetup location—we are working to secure access to a special gated entry that will…

Field Trip: Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park

October 7 @ 7:00 am - 12:00 pm

This month’s half-day field trip takes us to rich woodlands of Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park, the site of an early iron furnace located at the southwestern end of the Appalachian Mountains. A favorite stop on the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail, Tannehill’s easy trails, beautiful scenery, and relative proximity to Birmingham make it a must-visit site for beginning and experienced birders alike. The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the McDonald’s in McCalla (4746 Eastern Valley Road), located just off…

Monte Sano State Park

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

Monte Sano State Park (NABT #29) 7 October, 2017 (SATURDAY) 7:00 am We will be looking again for fall migrants, especially warblers; Monte Sano is one of the better birding spots in the state during migration. 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. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE BIRDING…

Alabama Ornithological Society Fall 2017 Meeting

October 13 @ 8:00 am - October 15 @ 5:00 pm

Registration and Meeting Schedule for Fall AOS Meeting, October 13-15 For a complete Fall Meeting schedule, click here: AOS Fall Meeting 2017 schedule for website To register for the Fall AOS Meeting, click here: AOS Meeting Registration Keynote Speaker Frank R. Moore, Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Southern Mississippi University, will share some of his  knowledge of bird migration at the Fall AOS Meeting October 13-15, 2017.  Dr. Moore worked on the Fort Morgan Peninsula for many years studying the behavior and ecology…

Wheeler NWR (NABT #20), “The Big Sit”

October 15 @ 4:00 am - 6:00 pm

Wheeler NWR (NABT #20), “The Big Sit” – 15 October, 2017 (SUNDAY) 4:00 am until dusk “THE BIG SIT!” is an annual, international, non-competitive birding event hosted by Bird Watcher's Digest and founded by the New Haven (CT) Bird Club. The National Wildlife Refuge System has adopted it as an activity for National Wildlife Refuge Week. We’ll count from a 17-foot diameter circle, set up chairs, scopes and binoculars, and identify as many birds as we can. We’ll count from…

Field Trip: Cheaha State Park

October 21 @ 7:00 am - 5:00 pm

At over 2,400 feet above sea level, Cheaha Mountain is Alabama’s highest point, a magnet for fall migrants, and an almost ideal location for an autumn birding trip. Join us on this full-day trip to one Alabama’s most beautiful highland parks. The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Eastwood Chick-fil-A (1648 Montclair Road), located just south of the Walmart and west of the Starbucks. From there, we’ll carpool and caravan east on I-20 to Oxford/Anniston (Exit 188), before…

Wheeler NWR – Beaverdam Peninsula Tower

November 4 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Wheeler NWR – Beaverdam Peninsula Tower/Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24) – 4 November, 2017 (SATURDAY) 8:00 am (NOTE LATER MEETING TIME) This traditional NABS route is one of the best we have for productive late fall/winter birding and among the best places in the state to get great looks at a variety of waterfowl, which should just be arriving to overwinter. Birding with a group like NABS provides an opportunity to drive behind locked gates (provided…

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