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ONLINE Course: Audubon at Home: Bird Migration


Ruby-throated hummingbird by Joe Watts.

March 9 , 6:00 pm 7:00 pm

$20

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST Tuesday, March 8th.

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

*We understand there are economic barriers that many are facing during this time. If you live in Alabama and would like to request financial assistance, please email us.*

Birding in Alabama is a seasonal feast. In spring, neotropical migrants from Central and South America make the perilous trip across or around the Gulf of Mexico, headed north. Some pass through Alabama on their way to the northern US and Canada, while some join our year-round resident birds and stay to raise their young in the fields and forests of Alabama. In the fall, the Alabama breeders return to their winter homes in the south, and other migrants from farther north pass through Alabama on their way back to their southern wintering grounds. But fall also brings a whole new population of birds from the north to spend the winter right here in Alabama.

As your skills advance, it’s helpful to know where to look for birds as the seasons change. New technology has aided in the search for birds, as it has also advanced our understanding of how birds migrate. Besides explaining the basics of bird migration, the class will cover some of these new discoveries—focusing on birds that spend at least part of the year here in Alabama. The class will also serve as an introduction to eBird. A joint project of Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, eBird makes use of more than 100 million bird sightings annually from birders and ornithologists around the world. For the first time in human history, we are gaining real insight into the mysteries of bird migration—insights that are available to anyone with access to the internet. The goal of this class is to inspire beginning and intermediate birders to understand and enjoy birding through the seasons, taking advantage of some of the amazing new tools for observing and understanding birds.

Where and when do we meet? This online course meets on two consecutive Wednesdays (3/9, 3/16), from 6–7 p.m. CDT. It will be a one-hour online class with some time at the end for questions. 

Cost: Your one-time registration fee of $20 covers the two meetings.* (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.) We will be recording the webinar and making it available to participants for a week after the class.

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.

Please note, you will receive a separate email with the Zoom webinar instructions before the first class (once registration closes). You’ll need the link or webinar ID and password from this email to join the meeting. In the event the link does not work for you, you may need to go to the Zoom website and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Please double check your email and make sure it’s a valid email address prior to completing your registration. We’ve had several kick-backs when sending the Zoom meeting instructions out to registrants, and you won’t be able to join the webinar without this information. Thanks!

Questions? Email the Programs Assistant.

About the instructor: Beginning in 1977, Anne Miller founded Alabama’s first wildlife rehabilitation program, which eventually became the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, caring for more than 2,500 animals of over 100 species annually. Since her retirement in 2008, she has continued to train wildlife rehabilitators across the US to return healthy young wild animals to their own parents. For her leadership in this area, in 2017 Anne received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Wildlife Rehabilitator’s Association. An enthusiastic birder, Anne recently completed a two-year term as President of the Alabama Ornithological Society and remains an active member of the AOS board of directors. For several years, Anne also led the Alabama Audubon partnership with the Alabama Tourism Department to create the Alabama Birding Trails. For this and other contributions, Anne was awarded the prestigious Yellowhammer Award of Alabama Audubon in 2020. Anne currently serves on the field trips committee and the programs committee of Alabama Audubon.


FAQ’s:

I did not receive the email with the Zoom meeting instructions. Please double-check the email address you enter when registering for the online event as that is where the instructions will be sent (once registration closes). You may need to add us to your email provider’s safe sender list in the event it goes to spam. Also, please contact us by the morning of the event so that we have time to address your issue as generally you should have received the email right after registration closes.

The link doesn’t appear to be working. You may need to go to the Zoom website (https://zoom.us) and manually enter the webinar ID and password. Also, wait until just a couple of minutes before the meeting is supposed to begin to try to enter the meeting. It will not work if you try to join the meeting half an hour before it’s scheduled to begin, for instance. You can also check to make sure your computer meets the system requirements by clicking here.

Will this be recorded, and will I have the ability to view them later? We are recording our online courses and offering the recordings to registrants for a week after class night.

Is there a waiting list? We do not have waiting lists for our online events at this time.


Diversity, Equity, 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.