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Wheeler NWR Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 16 @ 5:30 am - 7:00 pm

Wheeler NWR Audubon Christmas Bird Count (NABT) - 16 December, 2017 (SATURDAY) 5:30 am The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science event in the world. For over a hundred years, people have gathered during the winter holiday season to identify and count birds. In the process, they have created a vast pool of bird data that is a valuable source of information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations. Parties of birders…

Cullman Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 17 @ 6:30 am - 6:30 pm

Cullman Audubon Christmas Bird Count - 17 December, 2017 (SUNDAY) 6:30 am Another Christmas Count that sometimes gets overlooked in northern Alabama is held in the Cullman area. Counters meet at Culpepper Real Estate (601 7th Ave SW, Cullman, AL 35055, close to the Post Office) to assign areas to be covered. This count is frequently short-handed, so we hope some of you will consider helping out. Those who want to help for part of the day (morning or afternoon)…

Guntersville Area Audubon Christmas Bird Count

December 26 @ 5:00 am - 6:30 pm

Guntersville Area Audubon Christmas Bird Count (NABT) - 26 December, 2017 (MONDAY) 5:00-6:00 am (meeting time varies by count group) This Count, in another well-known birding area in northern Alabama, yields a wide variety of songbird, raptor and waterfowl species. The format is the same as that of the Wheeler Count. Unlike the Wheeler Christmas Count, there is no single gathering spot for folks to meet and join a group. For this reason, please contact Linda Reynolds if you are…

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

January 6, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 2:00 pm

Wheeler NWR -Beaverdam Peninsula Tower/Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24) – 6 January, 2018 (SATURDAY) 8:00 am (NOTE LATER MEETING TIME) Join us for another trip to one of our favorite birding areas, as we look for waterfowl, raptors, cranes, a variety of songbirds, etc. Expect to be behind locked refuge gates for 2-3 hours, afterwards lunching at Apple Lane Farms, for those interested. Take the Mooresville exit off I-565, go south on Mooresville Road and meet…

Guntersville Dam North/Hawk Farm (NABT #37)

January 13, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

13 January, 2017 (SATURDAY) 8:00 am (NOTE LATER MEETING TIME) This trip highlights one of the areas birded during the Guntersville Christmas Count. We’ll visit the north side of the dam and nearby fields, including the well-known and privately owned “hawk farm”. The hawk farm is ordinarily closed to the public but permission is granted to bird there during the Christmas Count and on this trip. The dam area and farm are both excellent for raptors. There are always bald…

Town Creek Embayment, Wheeler Dam, Joe Wheeler State Park

January 20, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(NABT #2, 3, 4) – 20 January, 2018 (SATURDAY) 8:00 am (NOTE LATER MEETING TIME) This trip primarily targets waterfowl and other water birds, but also includes some productive songbird areas, especially in the state park. We’ll meet at the WalMart parking lot off Hwy 72 W in Athens (34.786933 -86.958486). - Dick Bruer and Harry Dean, Leaders (256-461-0626; hdean@hiwaay.net)

GuntersvilleWaterfront/Peninsula, Guntersville Dam South

February 3, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

(NABT #35, 36) – 3 February, 2018 (SATURDAY) 8:00 am (NOTE LATER MEETING TIME) 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…

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