Field Trip: Birmingham Zoo and Great Backyard Bird Count
February 18 , 8:00 am – 10:00 am
Pre-registration is requested for planning purposes by 12 p.m. CST on Friday, February 17th.
Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.
Seasonal bird counts have been a central part of Alabama Audubon’s work ever since its founding in 1946. This year, we’ll continue that tradition with a field trip to the Birmingham Zoo in support of this year’s Great Backyard Bird Count. Bird lovers of all ages are invited to bring their binoculars, bird field guides, and cameras for an experience like no other!
We are excited to partner with The Birmingham Zoo—one of the state’s most visited attractions. The zoo provides productive birding all year around the 122-acre site. During our two hour stroll around the park, we will cover the Alabama Woodlands section of the Children’s Zoo and the retention ponds and wetlands at the back side of the zoo.
The details: Meetup is at 8 a.m. in front of the Children’s Zoo entrance to the right of the main entrance (2630 Cahaba Road). This event will be free. Because the zoo doesn’t open to the public until later in the morning, please plan to join us right on time to ensure you get in with the group.
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: Though the zoo is generally accessible, the areas we will be covering will have dirt and gravel paths which are not easily wheelchair accessible. The area has some incline but will not be strenuous.
Questions about accessibility? Email us for more information about how we can meet your needs.
The birds: We anticipate seeing many species of wintering and resident songbirds, woodpeckers, and sparrows. You’ll find the latest eBird records for the zoo here. View the Alabama Birding Trails info for the zoo here. Share your eBird list with us (ALAudubon) and contribute to community science data!
Trip leaders: Greg Harber (205-807-8055) and Matt Hunter (205-460-9546) will lead this trip. Please contact on the day of the 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.