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Bald is Beautiful: Conservation Efforts to Save South Africa’s Vultures

January 15, 2015- 7 p.m
Birmingham Botanical Gardens East Room
Presented by Jessie Griswold, Birmingham Zoo

Vultures may not be the embodiment of beauty and inspiration, but they are vitally important to our ecosystem because they rid the environment of bacteria, diseases and rotting meat. Unfortunately, their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. Our January speaker, Jessie Griswold, will talk about her experience in South Africa as a volunteer for VulPro or Vulture Conservation Programme, an organization intensively working to save Africa’s vultures. Jessie Griswold is an Animal Health Center Keeper at the Birmingham Zoo and is a member of the Birmingham Audubon Conservation Committee. This program is free to the public.

 


 

Upcoming Field Trips: Birmingham Audubon Field Trips 2014-2015

All 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. See the complete list of Upcoming Field Trips.

 


 

Audubon Teaches Nature

January 18th, 2:00 p.m.
“The Wetumpka Astrobleme, An Ancient Tale”
David Frings, Guest Speaker,
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

The Wetumpka Astrobleme is a crescent-shaped crater in Elmore County created 83 million years ago by the impact of a comet or asteroid. The energy released by the impact was 175,000 greater than the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima in 1945. The February Birmingham Audubon field trip will include a visit to the astrobleme, so be sure attend this special program designed to enhance your visit. Come early for refreshments and bring binoculars for a bird walk after the program.

 


 

Beginner Bird Walk

January 19
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
Decatur, AL

The next Beginner Bird Walk is scheduled for January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when we travel to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, AL. This trip will introduce new birders to waterfowl that migrate to the refuge for the winter including snow geese, ruddy ducks, sand hill cranes, and possibly a small group of endangered whooping cranes! For more details, RSVP with Teaching Naturalist Helena Uber-Wamble at 205-714-8228 and leave your name, phone number and email address.

 


 

Birds and Brews

January 25, 2015
2 p.m.
Eastlake Park

Join Birmingham Audubon for a leisurely stroll around East Lake Park, 1st Ave North and 84th Street North, and learn which resident and migratory birds can be found in which habitat. An update will be provided on Birmingham Audubon’s efforts to protect the heron rookery on the island which served as the catalyst for our extensive and ongoing Urban Bird Habitat Initiative. After our walk, we will visit the Avondale Brewery or Post Office Pies. Meet at the Shepherd Senior Center Parking lot which is beside the East Lake Park Public Swimming Pool on 84th Street North. Loaner binoculars will be available. Contact: Hans Paul,

 


 

Bird Watching Classes

Birmingham Audubon member, Greg Harber, will be teaching a series of bird watching classes for both members and non-members beginning Monday, January 5th. Classes meet from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Library. Cost is $20 per class for members and $30 per class for non-members. These classes are a continuation of last year's introductory class and delve further into identification tips and techniques as well as address various aspects of the species' ecology. The three classes offered are:

Waterfowl
January 5 and 12, 2015

Birds of Prey
February 2 and 9, 2015

Winter Songbirds
February 16 and 23, 2015

Class size is limited so enroll now by contacting Greg at his email address - Bring your check to the first class meeting to cover the cost of the class.

Last Updated ( Friday, 09 January 2015 08:03 )
 
Upcoming Field Trips PDF Print Email

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.

 

 

NOVEMBER 2014
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
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1-28       Birmingham Christmass Bird Count

DECEMBER 2014
No Field Trips

JANUARY 2015
1-10       Guntersville, AL
1-17       Cahaba Treatment Plant
1-19       Beginner Bird Walk – Martin Luther King Day

FEBURARY 2015
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

Audubon Teaches Nature

Last Updated ( Saturday, 24 January 2015 20:57 )