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Field Trip: Cahaba River Park


Northern Parula by Debbie McKenzie.

September 18 , 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, September 17th, and space is limited.

Registration is now closed. Check out other upcoming events here.

Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.

Cahaba River Park is a joint venture between the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust and Shelby County. The county has developed outdoor amenities at the park, including three parking areas and two pavilions with restrooms.  

The park’s 1,505 acres are comprised of dry oak and pine forest with recovering clearcuts of pine plantation and moist, steep slopes on the river banks.

The park has approximately one mile of frontage on the Cahaba River. Birds typically found in the bottomland trails include Northern parula, white-eyed vireo, herons, kingfishers, tanagers, and other summer and fall woodland species. We will also be on the lookout for fall migrants.

The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. at the McDonald’s on US 31 in Hoover, located at 1731 Montgomery Highway (US 31) across from the Galleria. We should arrive at the park by 8:30 a.m. The parking location is the pavilion and lot closest to the river at Shelby County Rd 251/River Road (GPS coordinates are here). Feel free to email us if you have questions or want to let us know you’ll be meeting up from a different part of the state and need other directions. 

As always, remember to bring your binoculars, plenty of water and snacks, insect repellent, rain gear, sunblock, and seasonally appropriate attire.

In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable.

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and 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! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Accessibility: This park has uneven trails and is not considered accessible. The outing is open to all levels of birders.

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

The food: Please bring your own lunch, snacks, and drinks for this field trip.

The birds: Northern parula, white-eyed vireo, herons, kingfishers, and tanagers are all possible to see on this trip.

Trip leaders: Matt Hunter (205-915-8186) and Anne Miller (205-902-1389) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the trip only.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

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.