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68th Birmingham Audubon Annual Banquet

December 4, 2014
Birds & Climate Change: Conservation Status of North American Birds
Protective Life Corporation Main Campus

Gary Langham, Chief Scientist for National Audubon Society, is the featured speaker at the 2014 Annual Banquet. Langham, a birder since childhood, led the team of Audubon ornithologists reporting in September that 314 of the 588 bird species in North America are at risk due to climate change. The report was based on a seven-year investigation of 40 years of historical climate data, U.S. Geological Survey’s North American Breeding Bird Survey and Audubon’s Christmas Bird Count. Thanks to the generous sponsorship of Protective Life Corporation, the event will take place at the company’s main campus on Highway 280 in the Grand Bay Dining Room. Reception with cash bar begins at 6:00 p.m. Dinner begins at 7:00 p.m. with the program following. Complete your online registration here.



Fall Campout
November 14-16, 2014
Foscue Creek Park Campground
Demopolis, AL

Foscue Creek Park lies south of the confluence of the Black Warrior and Tombigbee Rivers. The waters and woods of the campground hold chances for viewing wintering and resident waterfowl, permanent woodland residents, wintering songbirds and sparrows. The campground has a boat ramp and a hiking trail. Five campsites, reserved in Campout leader’s (Maureen Shaffer) name, are spacious, private and near the water. They feature picnic tables, electric and water hookups and campfire rings with grill. In addition to the campground, there are two other Birding Trail sites in Demopolis. For questions or further information, please contact Maureen Shaffer at 205-822-8728 (h) or 205-222-2662 (m)

GPS: 32.512838 -87.87181
Foscue Creek Park Campground
1800 Lock and Dam Road
Demopolis, AL 36732
(334) 289-5535



John DindoMembership Program

“Coastal Alabama: It’s for the Birds”
John Dindo, Associate Director, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, East Room
November 20, 2014
7 p.m.

Mobile Bay is the fourth largest drainage basin in North America by volume and provides a continuous supply of nutrients that make the bay highly productive. Colonies of herons and egrets can be found from the Mobile-Tensaw Delta to the islands within Mississippi Sound. John Dindo, associate director of the Dauphin Island Sea Lab, will discuss several hot spots of coastal birding along Alabama’s gulf coast. For example, Gaillard Island, a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers spoil island, has become the site for the largest single colony of brown pelicans in the Gulf of Mexico. The island is also used by a plethora of other birds in the spring and summer.



November 22 Field Trip

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
7 a.m.
Meet: Wells Fargo Bank, Gardendale

View thousands of snow geese, ducks, ducks and more ducks, perhaps a few Sandhill cranes, various hawk species and whatever decides to surprise us at one of the South’s best autumn birding spots!

Travel Plans: Our gathering place is the parking lot behind the Wells Fargo Bank at the Fieldstown Road Shopping Center in Gardendale, just off I-65 North at exit #271 (665Fieldstown Road, Gardendale, AL, 35071). Turn right on to Fieldstown Road, another right onto Odum Road, and an immediate left into the shopping center. We will leave at 7 a.m. and caravan up I-65 toward Decatur to the Priceville exit (# 334), a drive of approximately 60 miles, and reconvene at the Hardee’s at 8:30 a.m.

After a rest break, we will announce any further details. Dwight Cooley, refuge manager, will lead us through various sections of the refuge and we will travel to areas that are behind gates normally locked and inaccessible to cars.

This is an all-day trip. Bring a picnic lunch, drinks and snacks. If you do not have binoculars, we will have some for use on this trip. For those who wish, supper may be shared at a local restaurant at day’s end. Trip leader: Greg Harber, 205-251-2133.


Last Updated ( Tuesday, 18 November 2014 10:53 )
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Birmingham Audubon Field Trips 2014-2015

Birders copyAll Birmingham Audubon field trips are free and open to the public. Field Trips are held on Saturdays. The Beginner Bird Walks are held another day; please note day.



11-1         Railroad Park, Avondale Park and East Lake
11-1         Nov 1-2 Planting Work Days at Avaondale Park
11-8         Prairie Seed Collecting and Habitat Restoration Field Trip 
11-11       Beginner Bird Walk –Veteran's Day

11-14/16  Foscue Creek Campground Campout
11-16       Audubon Teaches Nature
11-20       Coastal Alabama: It’s for the Birds
11-22       Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
1-28       Birmingham Christmass Bird Count

No Field Trips

1-10       Guntersville, AL
1-17       Cahaba Treatment Plant
1-19       Beginner Bird Walk – Martin Luther King Day

2-7         Beeswax Creek and Lake Purdy
2-14       Great Back Yard Bird Count - Birmingham Zoo
2-21       Fort Toulouse/Fort Jackson Wetumpka Astrobleme

MARCH 2015

3-7         Limestone Park and Ebenezer Swamp
3-21       Perry Lakes and environs
3-29       Beginner Bird Walk – Sunday

APRIL 2015
4-4         Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
4-11       Vulcan Trail

MAY 2015
5-1,2,3   Campout - Wehle Nature Center with a field trip May 2nd for the day trippers
5-23       Hamilton Indian MoundsHamilton, First Marion County Courthouse and Military Road, Marion Public Fishing Lake, and environs

JUNE 2015

6-13        Beginner Bird Walk – Saturday
6-20        Paint Rock-Larkin Fork, Walls of Jericho, Skyline Wildlife Management Area

July 2015

7-28        Kite Trip #1  Prattville, Autaugaville, AL

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 30 October 2014 14:30 )