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Field Trip: Tuscaloosa—Lake Lurleen and surrounding area


Hooded warbler

June 4 , 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, June 3rd.

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

We will start the day off at Lake Lurleen State Park. Located twelve miles northwest of Tuscaloosa and Northport, this 1,625-acre park is a scenic retreat set on the banks of Lake Lurleen. There are scattered shade trees past the entrance gate where songbirds are often present. In spring, expect Eastern bluebirds, Eastern kingbirds, and abundant numbers of cliff swallows. There are a series of walking trails, some of which parallel the shoreline. Orchard orioles and red-headed woodpeckers may be observed in the pines. We should particularly be looking for spring migrants and breeding birds.

Our second stop will be at a nearby property of a friend of Alabama Audubon’s, Holliman Gardens (174 Co Rd 88, Gordo, AL 35466). We will be looking for similar birds. At the same time, we will have access to a day-lily nursery on the property with the possibility of purchasing fresh flowers. Visit their Facebook page here.

The details: For those in Birmingham, meetup is at 7 a.m. at the McDonald’s on US 31 in Hoover, located at 1731 Montgomery Highway, just across from the Galleria. For those wanting to meet us in Tuscaloosa, we’ll meet around 8:30 a.m. at the parking lot just beyond the entrance gate at Lake Lurleen State Park (13226 Lake Lurleen Road, Coker), (GPS coordinates 33.2977, -87.6768). (Please note that Lake Lurleen State Park has a day-use fee of $4 for adults, $2 for seniors—62 and older.)

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: a full tank of gas, binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, comfortable shoes, 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: Neither location will be wheelchair-friendly. The State Park’s trails are uneven surfaces with moderate inclines.

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

The food: Plan to bring a picnic lunch to enjoy at the lovely Holliman Gardens stop. We’ll plan to arrive there around noon so that we can view the lilies before they start to wilt and enjoy our lunch onsite.

The birds: We’ll be looking for spring migrants, including yellow-throated warblers, as well as Eastern bluebirds, Eastern kingbirds, and cliff swallows. Find out more about Lake Lurleen State Park on the Alabama Birding Trails website here. Check out the eBird list here.

Trip leaders: Greg Harber (205-807-8055) and Matt Hunter (205-460-9546) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the field 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.