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Field Trip: Guntersville waterfront

Horned Grebe by Greg Harber. Guntersville, AL.

February 4 , 7:00 am 5:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, February 3rd.

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

The deep waters of Guntersville Lake and the Guntersville waterfront are excellent places to search for waterfowl in winter. We will also be hoping to find nesting bald eagles along our birding route down Sunset Drive and the AL Hwy 69 causeway.

The details: Meetup is at 7 a.m. in the parking lot of the Circle K (2253 Vanderbilt Rd, Birmingham, AL 35234) at Exit 128/Tallapoosa Street off of I-59/20. We will reconvene at the Guntersville McDonald’s (1745 Gunter Ave) at 8:15 a.m. for anyone meeting us there.

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: a full tank of gas, 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: Wheelchair accessible. Little walking will be involved as Sunset Drive has convenient parking at each stop along our route.

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

The food: The group plans to have lunch at the Wintzell’s Oyster House in Guntersville. The restaurant parking happens to be a good location for viewing birds, and the city park and pier across the highway would be perfect for those who wish to bring a picnic lunch.

The birds: We expect to see lots of waterfowl, diving ducks, loons, bald eagles, and even some gulls. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the lake here. Share your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!

Trip leaders: Paul Franklin (205-542-7647) and Greg Harber (205-807-8055) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the field 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.