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Field Trip: Trussville—Cahaba River Greenway


White-breasted nuthatch by Debbie McKenzie.

October 16 , 8:00 am 12:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 15th, and space is limited.

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

We are incredibly excited to be able to partner with Birdability for this field trip which takes us to the greenway along the Cahaba River at the Trussville Sports Complex. It is a fully paved path with benches along the way. Everyone is invited to stay for as short or as long as they would like. The greenway is approximately a mile long, perfect for those interested in one hour or four hours of birding. Anyone with a disability or other health concern is welcome to attend!

The details: Meetup is at 8 a.m. We will meet in the Walmart parking lot adjacent to the Chick-fil-a on Montclair Rd (1648 Montclair Rd.) and caravan from there using back roads. We will convene at the Senior Citizens Center (504 Cherokee Drive, Trussville) parking lot by 8:45 a.m.

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: binoculars (Six pairs will be available to borrow that day.), water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, 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: The path is paved and wheelchair accessible. This trip is open and accessible to all levels of birding and ability.

About Birdability: Through education, outreach and advocacy, Birdability works to ensure the birding community and the outdoors are welcoming, inclusive, safe and accessible for everybody. We focus on people with mobility challenges, blindness or low vision, chronic illness, intellectual or developmental disabilities, mental illness, and those who are neurodivergent, deaf or hard of hearing or who have other health concerns. In addition to current birders, we strive to introduce birding to people with disabilities and other health concerns who are not yet birders so they too can experience the joys of birding.

About Birdability Week: Birdability Week is a celebration of birders with disabilities and other health concerns, and an opportunity to share resources and ideas to help the birding community be accessible, inclusive, and welcoming to everybody and every body! We are excited to celebrate inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the birding community and the outdoors through online workshops, panels and interactive activities, and we want you to get involved by joining us on this accessible, inclusive outing to help celebrate. Learn about more opportunities to get involved at birdability.org/birdability-week-2021.

The food: The Chick-fil-a will be open for breakfast at our meetup location. Otherwise, we should be done before lunch.

The birds: Birds should vary from general songbirds to herons along the creek and hawks soaring overhead.

Trip leaders: Greg Harber (205-807-8055) and Linda Neighbors (205-568-5554) will lead this trip for Alabama Audubon. Freya McGregor will join us with Birdability. Please contact on the day of the trip only. 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.

Questions? Email the Programs Assistant.

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.