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Audubon Teaches Nature: Birds of Prey
January 22, 2017, 1:00 pm–5:00 pm
Turkey Vulture in Flight by Greg Harber.
During this twenty-sixth year of Audubon Teaches Nature we will explore and celebrate the diversity of Alabama’s natural history. These seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills to allow you to more fully enjoy your time in the field, whether birding, botanizing, hiking or biking. Audubon Teaches Nature will give you the unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Alabama’s leading naturalists ~ authorities who are willing to share their years of experience and special knowledge to make your outdoor experiences more enjoyable. Our programs are designed to showcase the beauty and natural history of Oak Mountain State Park and the central Alabama region.
An Introduction to Birds of Prey ~ Presented by Alabama Wildlife Center Raptor Team Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 & 3:00 p.m. Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park The month of January is a good time to look for raptors in Alabama. Their silhouettes are easy to spot in trees bereft of their leaves, and a long drive through the countryside can reward you with sightings of multiple species that are found here in the winter. To whet your appetite, we have arranged once again to feature raptors as our topic for the January Audubon Teaches Nature seminar.
Our program will feature the Alabama Wildlife Center’s birds of prey, each one of which is an Avian Ambassador for the center. The natural history of each bird will be presented, and a special effort will be made highlight the field marks of each species in order to help you learn how to identify these birds in the field. Everyone is fascinated by raptors so we are offering programs at 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Although there is no charge for this program after park admission, seating is limited (60 seats per program) in the AWC auditorium. Note that there are two presentations scheduled, so plan your visit accordingly. Be sure to bring your kids and grandkids, and your best camera too! Plus, there will almost assuredly be a good selection of birds at the feeders to help you pass the time while you wait for the program to start. Refreshments will be served in the Observation Room beginning at 12:30 p.m. Next month’s seminar: An Overview of the Geology and Paleontology of Alabama Sunday, February 19th, 2:00 p.m. ~ Dana Ehret, Guest Speaker (OMIC)
Programs are held at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, and the adjacent Oak Mountain Interpretive Center. Admission to the park is $ $5 per adult (age 12+), $2 per child (age 4 to 11), $2 per senior (age 62+) and free for ages 3 & under. There is no charge for the ATN program.
The 2016-2017 Season of Audubon Teaches Nature is co-sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and the Friends of Oak Mountain.