Have you ever wanted to take up bird-watching, but just didn’t know how to begin?
We’ve got the ultimate “how-to” become a birder guide for you.
Learn birding from the best – Birmingham Audubon’s Greg Harber & Paul Franklin
Birmingham is blessed with two of the best birding instructors in the state and the Southeast, Greg Harber and Paul Franklin. Both gentlemen are teaching introductory level birding classes for people of all ages.
Here are the details:
Introduction to Birds and Birding
Greg Harber will be teaching every Wednesday night, everything you need to know to become a birder. He will be holding seven (7) class meetings in September and October at the Birmingham Audubon office in Avondale on Wednesday nights (9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24, 10/31). Classes last 2 hours each night from6:30–8:30 p.m.
Alabama’s Birds of Prey
Paul Franklin helps birders navigate the sometimes confusing world of raptor identification. Expect to experience a portion of the dynamic fall hawk migration, as the birds move toward their wintering grounds. Weekly class field trips provide students with opportunities to test their new skills in the field. Six class meetings will be held at the Birmingham Audubon office, Monday nights (10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19), 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Explore Alabama Birding Trails
Alabama is blessed with 8 birding trails at 280 locations throughout the “Yellowhammer State.”
Called the Alabama Birding Trails, discover the state’s 430 species of birds along this vast network of sites that touch nearly every corner and community in the state. Visit alabamabirdingtrails.com for all the locations.
Join Field Trips
Birding can forge lifetime friendships. Groups such as Birmingham Audubon, Alabama Ornithological Society and the North Alabama Birdwatchers Society offer field trips and meetings year round.
Bookmark the following links to learn about a birding field trip in your community.
Spend October at the John Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest
This October, Alabama is home to one of the largest birding festivals in the nation – the John Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest. Beginning October 3rd, the three day festival is “birding heaven.”
Here is the schedule, and don’t miss the registration deadline which is September 21.