Fairhope based Alabama Coastal BirdFest Oct. 3-6
Birders from across the United States, Canada, and abroad will be flocking to the Gulf Coast for the 14th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, October 3-6. This is one of the area’s prime bird- and wildlife-watching opportunities during fall migration.
BirdFest includes boat and walking trips each day to prime spots, including the Mobile-Tensaw Delta and Forever Wild Grand Bay Savanna. There are some new additions this year, including a trip to the Magnolia Branch Wildlife Reserve, which is more than 900 acres of pristine forest, creeks, and beautiful lakes owned and maintained by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians. Also new is a Sunset Kayak Cookout on Justin’s Bay in the lower Mobile-Tensaw Delta, a walking tour and birdwatching in various habitats on Forever Wild property in Saraland, and a Beach Bird Bonanza Workshop for children.
This year’s BirdFest also includes trips focused on seeing alligators, dolphins, and wildflowers, evening speaker events, a new advanced birding workshop, a hummingbird workshop, and the free, family-friendly Bird and Conservation Expo on the Coastal Alabama Community College campus in Fairhope on Saturday, October 6.
Tickets for trips, evening events, and workshops range from $20 to $100 and require advance registration. For more information or to register, visit AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com.
Since 2004 Alabama Coastal BirdFest has raised more than $100,000 to help preserve and protect vital coastal wildlife habitat and raise awareness about the great biological diversity of the Alabama Gulf Coast.
“The birding potential on the Alabama Gulf Coast is phenomenal and fall migration is the best time to enjoy it,” John Borom, event founder, said. “More than 370 bird species have been counted at various locations along the Alabama coast.”
Pictured: Clapper Rail.