Alabama Coastal BirdFest: Birding & Nature Festival
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September 28, 2022 @ 10:00 am – October 1, 2022 @ 10:00 am
As biodiversity in the U.S. is concerned, Alabama ranks 5th in our nation. More than 370 bird species have been spotted at various locations along the Alabama coast with its mix of habitats.
Alabama Coastal BirdFest guides expertly lead attendees on boat and walking trips to some of the best birding spots in the area, including locations along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, the Mobile Delta, Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary, historic Fort Morgan, and the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, among other locations. New this year, a trip to our neighboring state, Mississippi, to the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge. The four-day event also includes workshops on subjects such as hummingbirds, the basics of birding, monarch butterflies, and, new this year, workshops on how to use common birding apps, such as eBird and Merlin Bird ID, and understanding bird box design for specific species. A free family-friendly Bird and Conservation Expo will be held at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Saturday of BirdFest. The Expo highlights other local nonprofits and environmental agencies, hands-on activities, and short boat cruises lead by a junior birder!
Join us in welcoming Jon Dunn, one of the most well-respected birders in North American and chief consultant and author of much of National Geographic’s Field Guide to the Birds of North America. Jon’s presentation will be Friday, September 30 and will focus on natural history, identification, and taxonomy of shorebirds, focusing on smaller sandpipers, yellowlegs, and dowitchers. This is a ticketed event and registration will open August 1. Jon Dunn will also be attending some of the BirdFest trips!
Registration opens mid-August.