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CANCELED: Field Trip: Alabama A&M Farm/Wheeler NWR/Dancy Bottoms

May 2, 2020 , 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Scissor-tailed flycatcher by Gary Kramer/USFWS

Due to the current public-health situation regarding COVID-19, we’re suspending all upcoming events until further notice.
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Alabama A&M’s Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station consists of 900 acres of grasslands and agricultural fields, providing a rare area of open country filled with native birds.

Dancy Bottoms is an excellent area in the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to visit during spring migration when dozens of warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, orioles, and grosbeaks fill the trees.

The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the Fultondale Chick-fil-A (215 Howell Street), located off I-65 (Exit 267) on Walker Chapel Road. We’ll have more details soon about our second meetup location for those meeting us closer to our final destination.

As always, remember to bring plenty of water and snacks, a full tank of gas, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire.

Accessibility: Much birding will be done from the roadside with very little walking, so accessibility isn’t much of an issue for those who wish to stay in their cars.

The birds: We hope to see scissor-tailed flycathcer, dickcissel, and grasshopper sparrow on this trip.

You can check out the Alabama A&M Farm site on the Alabama Birding Trail here and for Dancy Bottoms hereShare your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!

The food: Please bring a picnic lunch with you, along with plenty of snacks and water.

Trip leader: Paul Franklin (205-542-7647) and Linda Neighbors (205-568-5554) lead this trip (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.