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Audubon at Home: Cranes

Virtual AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, September 20th, and space is limited. Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-09-21/ for more information and to register. Do you give a WHOOP? Educators from the International Crane Foundation will teach you the basics about whooping cranes and sandhill cranes. These incredible bird species find a winter home in northern Alabama in and around Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. Learn about the unique conservation history of these species, how to tell them apart from similar species, and what you can do to help cranes feel at home in Alabama. Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on Tuesday, September 21st, from 6–7 p.m.Continue Reading ...

Free

Alabama Audubon Field Trip: Monte Sano State Park

Monte Sano State Park Huntsville, AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 1st, and space is limited. Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-10-02/ for more information and to register. Huntsville’s Monte Sano State Park (5105 Nolen Ave.) sits on 2,140 acres of woodland habitat with spectacular vistas from atop the mountain—especially when the fall leaves show off their colors. Resident turkey vultures and other raptors can be seen gliding past at eye level, soaring on warm air currents rising from the valley below. Join us as we bird various migration hotspots and take in views of north Alabama’s beautiful mountain plateaus. The details: Meetup is at the Chick-fil-a in Fultondale (215 Howell Street). Plan to departContinue Reading ...

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Swift Night Out: Birmingham

TBD TBD, Hoover, AL

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Thursday, October 7th. Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-10-08/ for more information and to register. Swift Night Out is back in Birmingham! Join us downtown as we enjoy the evening with one of our favorite urban birds, the chimney swift (Chaetura pelagica). All ages and abilities welcome! After these aerial acrobats have fledged their young and cleared out their nests, the entire North American population makes its way south to winter along the remote headwaters of the Amazon River. On their way there, they congregate in huge roosting flocks with as many asContinue Reading ...

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Alabama Audubon’s Gosse Nature Walk: Pelham

Oak Mountain State Park Tranquility Road, Pelham, al

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CDT on Thursday, October 14th. Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-10-15/ for more information and to register. Our Gosse Nature Walk series is back! We love these short nature breaks and think you will too. This one will be at the Treetop Nature Trail at Oak Mountain State Park. The elevated boardwalk is approximately 600 feet long and fifteen feet above ground level. There are six elevated raptor cages spread out along the boardwalk as well as benches for those who want to sit and enjoy the surroundings. The boardwalk winds through a beautiful wooded valley, so it’s a treat toContinue Reading ...

Alabama Audubon Field Trip: Trussville—Cahaba River Greenway

Cahaba River

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 15th, and space is limited. Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-10-16/ for more information and to register. We are incredibly excited to be able to partner with Birdability for this field trip which takes us to the greenway along the Cahaba River at the Trussville Sports Complex. It is a fully paved path with benches along the way. Everyone is invited to stay for as short or as long as they would like. The greenway is approximately a mile long, perfect for those interested in one hour or four hours of birding. Anyone with a disability or other health concern is welcome toContinue Reading ...

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Habitat Restoration at Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve, W. E. Putnam Middle School

W. E. Putnam Middle School 1757 Montclair Road, Birmingham

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, November 12th. Visit https://alaudubon.org/event/2021-11-13/ for more information and to register. Join Alabama Audubon for a day of outdoor work and service at the Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve at Birmingham’s W.E. Putnam Middle School (1757 Montclair Road). With an abundance of mature pines, understory natives, and large oaks, Putnam’s ten acres represent much-needed urban habitat for red-tailed hawks, yellow-rumped warblers, and climate-endangered brown-headed nuthatches, and an ideal on-site outdoor classroom for students. In fall 2019 we established a large prairie/meadow area with many native plant species, in 2020 we added a split-rail fence to enclose the meadow, and in AprilContinue Reading ...

Alabama Audubon Field Trip: BIRDingham Parks

Avondale Park Avondale Park, Birmingham, AL

January 8, 2022 , 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, January 7th, and space is limited. Visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-01-08 for more information and to register. Our January half-day field trip will be a sampling of Birmingham’s urban parks with a wide array of winter species in both water, open, and woodland settings. Avondale Park (1401 5th Ave. S.), the centerpiece of one of Birmingham’s historic districts, hosts a rich collection of birds in and around a spring-fed lake. Wintering woodland species and waterfowl will be the focus of this stop. W. C. Patton Park (1200 Sipsey St.), just off I-20/59 at TallapoosaContinue Reading ...

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Alabama Audubon at Home: Mastering Winter Water Birds

Virtual AL

Pre-registration is required by 2 p.m. CST Friday, January 7th. Visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-01-10 for more information and to register. Greg Harber provides a comprehensive look at all the birds you’re likely to encounter on or near Alabama’s winter waterways. Topics include identifying loons, grebes, geese, ducks, and cranes, as well as finding reliable populations of these birds throughout Alabama. One local field trip may be offered as pandemic precautions permit in late January or early February to supplement classroom learning. Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on four Mondays (1/10, 1/24, 1/31, 2/7), from 6–8 p.m. CST,Continue Reading ...

$40

Alabama Audubon’s 4th Annual MLK Day Habitat Restoration at W. E. Putnam Middle School

W. E. Putnam Middle School 1757 Montclair Road, Birmingham

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, January 14th. For more information and to register, please visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-01-17. Join Alabama Audubon for a morning of outdoor work and service at the Audubon-Datnow Forest Preserve at Birmingham’s W.E. Putnam Middle School (1757 Montclair Road). With an abundance of mature pines, understory natives, and large oaks, Putnam’s ten acres represent much-needed urban habitat for red-tailed hawks, yellow-rumped warblers, and climate-endangered brown-headed nuthatches. Together, we’ll make that habitat even better by removing invasive plant species (e.g. Chinese privet, sacred bamboo, English ivy) from the property’s southern woodland trail and focusing on other trail maintenanceContinue Reading ...

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Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Gosse Nature Walk: Moundville

Moundville Archaeological Park 13075 Moundville Archaeological Park, Moundville, AL

Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CST on Thursday, January 20th. Visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-01-21 for more information and to register. Join us and special guests from Black Warrior Riverkeeper as we have a wintertime exploration of Moundville Archaeological Park. This historic site was once a powerful Native American community that, at its peak, was America’s largest city north of Mexico. Located on the Black Warrior River thirteen miles south of Tuscaloosa, the park preserves 326 acres where, 800 years ago, Mississippian people constructed 29 massive flat-topped earthen mounds, arranged carefully around a vast central plaza. Mound Parkway is a loop road circling the openContinue Reading ...

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Alabama Audubon Field Trip: Guntersville waterfront

Guntersville Lake Guntersville, AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, January 21st, and space is limited. Visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-01-22 for more information and to register. The deep waters of Guntersville Lake and the Guntersville waterfront are excellent places to search for waterfowl in winter. We will also be hoping to find nesting bald eagles along our birding route down Sunset Drive and the AL Hwy 69 causeway. The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (2612 Lane Park Road, Birmingham). We will reconvene at the Guntersville McDonald’s (1745 Gunter Ave) at 8:30 a.m. for anyone meeting us there.Continue Reading ...

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ONLINE: Winter Audubon Talk—Alabama’s Birdlife and the Climate Crisis: Changes, Challenges, and Choices

Virtual AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST Wednesday, January 26th. Visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-01-27 for more information and to register. While this is a free event, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/annualfund. Join Dr. R. Scot Duncan, Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College and author of Southern Wonder: Alabama’s Surprising Biodiversity, as he explores the impacts of climate change on our state’s bird populations, and how we can ensure Alabama’s birdlife enjoys the best possible future. Make dinner and enjoy it while you watch this engaging live-streamed presentation. There will be time at the end for questionsContinue Reading ...

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Alabama Audubon Live Online Course: Audubon at Home: Gulls

Virtual AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST on Monday, February 14th. For more information and to register, visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-02-15. Gulls, along with small shorebirds, are one of the most confusing groups for many birders—especially those just starting out in birding or just starting to tackle these more difficult groups. Join Drew Haffenden for this two session course designed to introduce you to gulls. We’ll learn how to identify them along the same lines as the approach taken in previous classes with shorebirds and terns. We will be looking at the gulls likely to be seen in Alabama in winter andContinue Reading ...

$20

ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Native Tree Identification

Virtual AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Monday, March 21st. For more information and to register, visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-03-22. Spring is an excellent time to learn to identify native trees by their leaves and flowers, branch and bark patterns, and site and soil preferences. Join Henry Hughes and Michelle Blackwood for this spring-focused class on native tree identification! Our class will begin just as leaves are starting to emerge for the 2022 growing season. We will visit native forests in rural and urban settings through photographs taken by the instructors and will learn the common and scientific names of over sixty prevalent nativeContinue Reading ...

$50

ONLINE: Spring Audubon Talk—The Surprising Secrets of Rock Pigeons

Virtual AL

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT Wednesday, April 20th. For more information and to register, visit alaudubon.org/event/2022-04-21. While this is a free event, please support our work if you are able and make a tax-deductible donation at alaudubon.org/give. Most people don’t give city pigeons a second look—and that’s a shame, at least according to Rosemary Mosco, author of A Pocket Guide to Pigeon Watching: Getting to Know the World’s Most Misunderstood Bird. Not only are pigeons worth watching, but their millenia-long history of domestication makes them endlessly fascinating from a historical perspective. Using humor and cutting edge science, Rosemary will show you whyContinue Reading ...

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