November 1, 2014 Field Trip
Railroad Park and Avondale Park
Railroad Park Pavilion
1600 1st Avenue South
Our journey will begin downtown at Railroad Park and continue to nearby Avondale Park following a morning break at Urban Standard. Birds at Railroad Park may include song sparrows, savannah sparrows, Cooper’s hawks, American kestrels and, perhaps, a peregrine falcon. Historic Avondale Park, located at 4101 5th Avenue South, is also the site of a project by Birmingham Audubon and Avondale Samaritan Place to restore and revive the Rose and Habitat Garden. We will learn the latest details on this project in addition to looking for birds. Meet at the Railroad Park Pavilion, break for a snack at Urban Standard (2320 2nd Ave. North) then move on to Avondale Park (4101 5th Ave South).
This trip will consist of mostly of walking, so be prepared to be on your feet for the morning. We recommend that you bring along drinks and snacks as while as appropriate clothing for November weather.Trip leader Susan Barrow 205-943-8667 (h) 205-253-8667 (m).
Planting Work Days
November 1, 2014
9 a.m. – Noon
November 2, 2014
Avondale Rose & Habitat Garden
Avondale Park, 40th Street South, 35222
Meet at the Rose Garden Pavilion to help install several hundred native plants. Project Leader: Michelle Reynolds, Birmingham Audubon. To volunteer, contact Adam Guthrie, Avondale Samaritan Place, 205-999-3963 or
Prairie Seed Collecting Field Trip
November 8, 2014
1731 Montgomery Highway
Join Birmingham Audubon’s Saturday, November 8 field trip to the Black Belt to collect seeds from native prairie plants to use in the establishment of a prairie habitat site in Alabaster’s Limestone Park. While the primary purpose is to collect seeds, some birding will be included in this field trip. Staff will guide us through the University of West Alabama (UWA) restored prairie, help identify various plant species, and introduce field trip participations to plant adaptations and use by birds and other wildlife.
We will depart at 7 a.m. from the Hoover McDonald’s on U.S. 31S (across from the Galleria) 1731 Montgomery Highway. After visiting UWA’s prairie, we’ll have lunch at the Tres Hermanos Mexican restaurant.
Please dress for the weather and come with a pair of scissors, light weight garden gloves, a full tank of gas, water, snacks, your binoculars, camera and an inquisitive mind. Bags for the seed will be provided.
Trip leader: Dick Mills 205-873-0174.
Veteran’s Day Beginner Bird Walk
November 11, 2014
Birmingham Botanical Gardens
9 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Join us at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens for the Beginner’s Bird Walk. Participants, all ages welcomed, will be given instruction on how to use binoculars, and spot and identify birds. Hawks, woodpeckers and nuthatches may be among the birds seen. Early winter migrants such as hermit thrush and golden-crowned and ruby-crowned kinglets may also be spotted.
This bird walk is intended for anyone who considers themselves a beginner bird watcher. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Birmingham Audubon will provide binoculars or you may bring your own.
Reservations required: Call Helena Uber-Wamble, Teaching Naturalist at 205-714-8228. Please leave your name, contact phone number, email address, number of adults, and number of children with the children’s ages. Confirmation and meet-up plans will follow.
November 14-16, 2014
Foscue Creek Park Campground
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
“Coastal Alabama: It’s for the Birds”
John Dindo, Associate Director, Dauphin Island Sea Lab
Birmingham Botanical Gardens, East Room
November 20, 2014
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
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.