The Audubon Teaches Nature (ATN) seminar series is a joint effort of the Alabama Wildlife Center, Birmingham Audubon Society, Friends of Oak Mountain and the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center. The seminar topics were selected to appeal to a range of natural history interests for all age levels, and it is especially hoped that families with children will attend these family-friendly seminars together. Seminars are presented either in the Alabama Wildlife Center (AWC) or Mountain Interpretive Center (OMIC) in Oak Mountain State Park, Pelham, Alabama.
Be sure to come early and enjoy some refreshments and conversation in the Observation Room at the Alabama Wildlife Center, then, when it is time for the program, we will proceed to the auditorium for the presentation. There is no charge for attending the seminars, but a $3.00 per person fee to enter the park is required.
The first seminar will feature native Alabama snakes, a topic that is sure to be a hit with the younger crowd, if last year's program on Indigo Snakes is any indication! Jay Eubanks, the Director of Outreach and Education at the Alabama Wildlife Center, will speak about one of his favorite subjects: native snakes of Alabama and their natural history. In addition to helpful identification tips, Jay will speak to the issue of safety when around snakes – advice we can all use!
Audubon Teaches Nature 2013-2014 Schedule:
Sunday, October 13th, 2:00 p.m.
"Understanding Native Snakes: Beyond the Myths and Misconceptions"
Jay Eubanks, Guest Speaker
Alabama Wildlife Center Auditorium (AWC)
Sunday, November 10th, 2:00 p.m.
"Alabama's Winter Birds: Waterfowl"
Paul Franklin, Guest Speaker (AWC)
Sunday, January 12th, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m.
"An Introduction to Birds of Prey"
Becky Collier, Coosa River Science School (AWC)
Sunday, February 9th, 2:00 p.m.
"Vernal Pools ~ Nature's Incubator for Cool Critters!"
David Frings, Guest Speaker (OMIC)
Sunday, March 9th, 2:00 p.m.
Larry Davenport and Mike Howell, Guest Speakers (OMIC)
Sunday, April 13th, 2:00 p.m.
"Return of the Spring Migrants ~ Great Expectations!"
Greg Harber, Guest Speaker (AWC)
Sunday, May 4th, 1:00 p.m.
"Butterflies ~ Nature's Bejeweled Winged Wonders"
Vitaly Charny, Guest Speaker (OMIC)