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Tom Imhof Memorial Beginner Bird Walk and Great Backyard Bird Count at the Birmingham Zoo

February 15, 2020 , 8:00 am 10:00 am

Alabama Audubon’s Tom Imhof Memorial Beginner Bird Walk series continues in February, with a trip to the Birmingham Zoo. If you’re new to birding, returning after an absence, or just interested in checking out the wintering and resident birds, we invite you to join us for an easy morning walk at this Birmingham institution.

Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Alabama Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’re continuing that tradition with four great counts, including two field trips in support of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Bird lovers of all ages are invited to bring their binoculars, bird field guides, and cameras for an experience like no other!

The details: Meetup is at 8 a.m. in front of the Children Zoo entrance to the right of the main entrance, accessible from Cahaba Road (2630 Cahaba Road), and continue into the natural areas of Alabama Wilds. The Children Zoo is also next to Nourish 205.

As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate (i.e., warm) attire. If you have your own binoculars, you’ll definitely want to bring them along, although we’ll have a few loaner pairs available.

Accessibility: Parts of this walk are wheelchair accessible, while other parts are on a gravel path

(Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.)

The birds: We anticipate seeing many species of wintering and resident songbirds, woodpeckers, and sparrows. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the zoo here. View the Alabama Birding Trails info for the zoo here. Share your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!

Trip leaders: Greg Harber and Jessie Griswold lead this trip. Greg’s cell number is 205-807-8055 (day of field trip only, please). In the event of inclement weather, you may contact the trip leaders that morning. Feel free to email us with questions.

More information: To learn more about the Great Backyard Bird Count, visit the Cornell Lab of Ornithology or National Audubon. Can’t join us in the field? Click here to learn more about how you can participate at your home feeder!