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Black Belt Birding Festival


Swallow-tailed kite art by Stephanie Flier, design by David McMath

August 7, 2021 All day

UPDATE: Registration now full! If you are interested in being put on a wait list should tickets become available, please email Theresa. Check out some of our other upcoming events here.

Limited tickets available. Registration deadline is 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, July 30th.
Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.

Join us for our Black Belt Birding Festival on Saturday, August 7th. Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Birding Initiative works to bring the economic and environmental benefits of bird-based ecotourism to one of the country’s most economically challenged rural areas. Through this special event, we’re hoping to make a positive difference for the Black Belt’s birds and the people who love them. Come for the day, or stay for longer and enjoy all the Black Belt has to offer! We are excited for you to join us!

Check out highlights from our 2019 Black Belt Birding Tour:


  • 2021 Festival Featuring:
  • –Field trips to experience the diverse birds and habitats of the Black Belt, including to the Joe Farm
  • –Keynote talk from author and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, Dr. J. Drew Lanham
  • –Indoor classes on Black Belt history and culture
  • –Vendor expo of local businesses, vendors, makers, and nonprofits
  • –Exhibition of Hale County fossils by the UA Natural History Museum
  • –A collaborative, bird-themed art exhibition by Aaron Sanders Head and Doug Baulos at the Aaron Sanders Head Studio

Details:
–Early bird tickets: $30—purchase your ticket by June 30th*
–Regular admission: $40—starting July 1st*
Kids under 12 are free.

*Cancellation policy: All ticket sales are considered refundable less processing fees up to noon CDT Friday, July 30th. Tickets are considered non-refundable and non-transferable after this deadline. If you are unable to attend the event or wish to request a refund, all refund requests must be received by 12 p.m. CDT July 30th by emailing us with the subject line reading “Refund.” To begin the refund process, please include the following information:

Registrant’s full name
Contact phone number
Full name on the card used to register the above

Please note that refunds can take up to fourteen (14) days to process. Refunds will be the ticket costs minus the processing fees. Processing fees vary.

Cornelius Joe of the Joe Farm speaking with Dr. Drew Lanham at our 2019 Hale County Black Belt Birding Tour. Photo by Mike Fernandez / Audubon

Please note: All of our Black Belt trips can be long and hot, so be sure to plan accordingly, with plenty of drinks and snacks, as well as a full tank of gas (if driving yourself), insect repellent, rain gear, and appropriate summer attire and sunblock. More details will follow in the coming weeks.

Registration: Space is limited and pre-registration is required. To register, click on the button above. If you don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.

Accessibility: Not all events will be wheelchair accessible; some uneven terrain. More information coming soon.

Photo by Mike Fernandez / Audubon.

Food: More information coming soon.

Birds: We can expect to see Mississippi and swallow-tailed kites, wood storks, and white pelicans. We will also be looking for scissor-tailed flycatchers and painted buntings.

Festival Coordinator: Email Meg for more information.

Funders: Our Black Belt Birding Festival is made possible by funding from The Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation with additional support from Alabama Power. We’d also like to thank Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Selma for donating bottled water for the festival.

Media sponsor: Ray Brown’s Talkin’ Birds

Consider supporting our Black Belt Birding Initiative today at alaudubon.org/black-belt-giving.

Though primarily being held outside, we will be complying with all state and local mandates for COVID-19 protocol and safety.

Y’all means all. Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.