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Tom Imhof Annual Field Trip
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Park Lane Road Birmingham, AL 35223
October 4, 2014, 8 a.m.
Join us for a walk through the Birmingham Botanical Gardens as we look for fall migrants. The garden covers 67.5 acres at the southern foot of Red Mountain and serves as home for many year-round species such as woodpeckers and hawks and an important stop along the way for many migrating species including warblers and vireos. Winter migrants such as sparrows and kinglets may also be present by this date.
Meet in the parking lot of Birmingham Botanical Gardens at 8 a.m. This is a half-day field trip involving much walking. Bring liquid refreshment and snacks for the hike.
Trip Leader: Susan Barrow cell 205-253-8667; home 205-942-8667.
October 18, 2013 Field Trip
James D. Martin Wildlife Park , Neely Henry Dam, Ten Islands Historical Park
Meet: 7:00 a.m., McDonald’s, 1569 Montclair, AL 35210
Wintering waterfowl, migrating shorebirds, resident songbirds, long-legged waders and raptors will be among species expected at the three locations included in the October 20 Field Trip. Meet and park at the rear of McDonald’s on Montclair and consider carpooling. The three destinations include: James D. Martin Wildlife Park which boasts a 300-acre lake, three miles of walking/hiking trails (paved and unpaved), wetlands and mudflats, boardwalks bordered by thickets. It is sited on an extensive backwater of the Coosa River and behind Gadsden Mall. Neely Henry Dam is an Alabama Power hydroelectric dam on the Coosa River, approximately 40 miles southwest of Gadsden, near Ragland. Leading south from the parking area is a short nature trail winding through woods and allowing opportunities for observing songbirds. Ten Islands Historic Park, on the shore of Neely Henry Lake near the Dam, was the locale for a pitched battle between Federal and Confederate forces during the Civil War. The area was first used as a village and crossing or ford by the Creeks, named Otipalin (Ten Islands).
Bring along your binoculars and camera, a picnic, drinks and snacks. Have a full tank of gas. Plan for a midday picnic at the James D. Martin Wildlife Park.
GPS: James D. Martin Wildlife Park 33.997351-86.008322
Neely Henry Dam N 33.4708 W 86.0353
Ten Islands Historic Park 3347.058 N 86. 3852 W
Trip leaders: Anne G. Miller 902-1389 (m) or Maureen Shaffer 205-822-8728 (h) or 205-222-2662 (m) .
Mixing It Up: Alternative Strategies for Reproduction in Amphibians
Dr. Megan Gibbons, Birmingham-Southern College
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, East Room
October 16, 2014
Dr. Megan Gibbons will present some of the amazing reproductive adaptations of amphibians, including frog embryos in trees that can detect and escape snake predation, adults that tote their tadpoles from nests to nurseries, and moms who swallow eggs and rear their young in their stomachs. Who knew amphibian reproduction could be so unusual? Dr. Gibbons is a Professor of Biology at Birmingham-Southern College. Her areas of research include amphibian ecology and behavior, particularly heritability (the influence of genetics and environment on behavior) and maternal investment (how much energy does a female provide to her offspring). She earned her B. A. from Emory University and her M. S. and Ph.D. from University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Program is also open to non-members. Join Birmingham Audubon at 6:30 p.m. for refreshments and conversation.
Birds and Brews
Sunday October 26, 2014
Meeting Time: 2:00 p.m. at Avondale Park
Avondale Park provides a wonderful example of the rich birdlife which may be found in an urban park. Join Birmingham Audubon for a leisurely stroll around the park and its variety of habitats while we look for resident and migratory birds. Learn more about Birmingham Audubon’s Avondale Rose & Habitat Project, which in cooperation with Avondale Samaritan Place and other community groups, will restore heirloom gardens and introduce productive plants to attract birds, butterflies, bees and other pollinators. After our walk and garden talk we’ll visit the Avondale Brewery and / or Post Office Pies for refreshments and a snack. Meet at the Rose Garden Pavilion behind the library at 2 PM for a fun and educational afternoon. We will have binoculars to loan to those who need them. Contact: Hans Paul,