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Field Trip: Gadsden—James D. Martin Wildlife Park


Great blue heron by Greg Harber.

November 6 , 7:00 am 12:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, November 5th, and space is limited.

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

The James D. Martin Wildlife Park offers exceptional facilities for exploring an extensive backwater of Neely Henry Lake on the Coosa River in the city of Gadsden. In addition to a trail along the shoreline—a network of boardwalks allows visitors to venture out into the 300-acre lake and even to visit a series of wooded islands situated along the mouth of Black Creek, providing superb views of the birdlife of this rich and varied ecosystem.

The details: If you’re in Birmingham, meetup is at 7 a.m. in the Walmart parking lot adjacent to the Chick-fil-a on Montclair Rd (1648 Montclair Rd.). Once we arrive in Gadsden, we will reconvene in the northern corner of the Gadsden Mall parking lot, across from the boardwalk (33.997477, -86.007770). We expect to be at the park by 8:30 a.m. for those coming from other parts of the state. 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.

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: binoculars, 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 boardwalk and access from both entrances are accessible. Some of the areas that do not have boardwalk rely on natural hard dirt which can be wet during and after heavy rains and flooding. This trip is open and accessible to all levels of birding and ability.

The food: At this time, lunch plans are on your own or TBD.

The birds: We will be looking for herons, ducks, shorebirds, and possibly bald eagles. Check out what’s being seen on eBird here.

Trip leaders: Paul Franklin (205-542-7647) and Linda Neighbors (205-568-5554) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the trip only.

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.