Jan
22
1:00 pm13:00

Audubon Teaches Nature: Birds of Prey

  • Alabama Wildlife Center

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)
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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.

Jan
28
10:00 am10:00

Lichen & Moss Hike

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join Naturalist and Biology Professor Carl Sloan on this guided hike of Ruffner Mountain to discover the world of lichens and mosses and how they play a role in our ecosystems.  Are they plants? Fungi? We will examine the intricacies of lichens and mosses, including what makes them the unique organisms they are.

Fill out the form below to register, and please complete a waiver form if you plan to attend. 

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Apr
1
10:00 am10:00

Guided Hike: Spring Wildflowers

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Come enjoy the spring beauty offered by the countless wildflowers on the Mountain. Our own Michelle Reynolds will guide you down the trail, while sharing her vast wildflower knowledge. 

May
27
9:00 am09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Quilt the Forest

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/quilt-the-forest-2017-registration-30278645243#tickets

Join textile artist and nature enthusiast, Michelle Reynolds, for this fun quilt block workshop. Design, cut, layer, and stitch to make a one-of-a-kind fabric-art block to take home. The event is FREE, open to people of all ages, and no experience is necessary to participate.

Find inspiration in nature, develop ideas, and learn to tell a story through art. Using fabric and applique techniques, you will combine color, pattern, and texture to create a square. Enjoy camaraderie of fellow participants and explore techniques that work for you. Fabric and supplies will be provided.

In accordance with Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act, all programs of the AFA are held in venues that meet these standards. Special accommodations will be made for persons with visual, hearing, or other disabilities upon request. Please contact alabamafolklife@att.net or 205.956.9888.

Creating nature-inspired art from recycled fabrics and telling stories through her writing, teaching, and through her story quilts, Michelle Reynolds strives to weave together lessons in sustainability and appreciation for the natural world. In addition, she is a columnist for Alabama Gardener, native plant specialist, and contributes to numerous organizations and community projects dedicated to conservation, education, and enjoying the great outdoors.

Jun
17
9:00 am09:00

Alabama Folklife Association Presents: Cherokee Leaf Pounding Workshop

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/cherokee-leaf-pounding-2017-tickets-30277792693

The Alabama Folklife Association is pleased to offer a Cherokee Leaf Pounding workshop at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. The instructor is TBA. Carrying on the tradition of National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow, Bettye Kimbrell, AFA is pleased to be able to provide these workshops. We will be pounding away on The Back Porch, shaded by the pavilion while enjoying the surrounding woods and gardens. In accordance with federal laws, AFA events are held at facilities that meet ADA. If you need any specialized accommodations for other disabilities, please contact the AFA via email: alabamafolklife@att.net or phone 205.956.9888. You do not need experience to enjoy the morning, but you do need to bring some supplies. Refreshments will be provided. We would like to thank the Daniel Foundation of Alabama and the Alabama State Council on the Arts for making this event possible.

VERY IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS

Bring your own supplies:

  • A wooden cutting board with a smooth surface --not the other kind-wooden and smooth
  • 4 or 5 leaves (do not take from the park)
  • 100% COTTON material, preferably MUSLIN, but MUST be 100% cotton
  • Small hammer with a smooth-faced head
  • Wide masking tape
Jul
23
Jul 31

Moth Week

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Jan
21
7:00 am07:00

Birmingham Audubon Guntersville Lake Field Trip

  • Guntersville Lake

Bald Eagle by Bob Farley.
January Field Trip: Guntersville Lake and the Guntersville waterfront Saturday, January 21, 2017, 7:00 a.m.

The deep waters of Guntersville Lake and the Guntersville waterfront are excellent places to search for waterfowl in winter. Thousands of ducks of a variety of species are to be expected, with a good number of loons (common, mostly, but pacific and red-throated are possible, too) and grebes can be expected.

We will spend the morning birding at various sites along the Guntersville waterfront, on Sunset Drive and the AL Hwy 69 causeway. Bring a picnic lunch with you, and if it can be arranged, we will have lunch inside the community center on the lakefront. Following lunch, and if enough folks are interested, we’ll make the drive to the north side of the Guntersville Dam to view Bald Eagles at their nest, and perhaps locate a Red-breasted Nuthatch in the pines near there – we’ll have to listen for their nasal, kazoo-like “toot” calls.

Meeting Place and Travel Plans: Our meeting place is the parking lot at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens (please park at the far end). We will leave at 7:00 a.m. and caravan to Guntersville via AL Hwy 79. We will reconvene at the McDonald’s in Guntersville at 8:30 a.m. should anyone wish to meet the group there. This will be an all-day trip, so bring a picnic lunch, drinks and snacks. Remember, weather this time of year can be changeable, so dressing in layers is advised. Come prepared with a full tank of gas and bring your binoculars and spotting scopes. For those who wish, supper may be shared at a local restaurant at day’s end. Alabama Birding Trails website and GPS information:

http://alabamabirdingtrails.com/sites/guntersville-peninsula/ (GPS: N 34.3630,
W 86.2916)
Trip leader: Greg Harber, 205-251-2133, home/evenings, or 205-807-8055, day of field trip only.

Jan
14
8:00 am08:00

Tom Imhof Beginner Bird Walk at Wheeler NWR

  • Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

Birmingham Audubon’s Tom Imhoff Beginner Bird Walk series continues in January, with a trip to Decatur’s Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge. If you’re new to birding, returning after an absence, or just Interested in seeing some exceptional winter birds, we invite you to join us for an exciting day on the banks of the Tennessee River.

Click here for more information and to sign up: http://birminghamaudubon.org/event/tom-imhof-beginner-bird-walk-at-wheeler-nwr/

Jan
13
8:00 am08:00

Staff Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join us outside at Ruffner for a day of clearing, planting, landscaping, and more as we continue our work to install new habitats and expand Ruffner green space. 

If you plan to attend you can sign up below and please be sure to fill out a waiver. 

WAIVER

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Jan
7
7:00 am07:00

Birmingham Audubon Field Trip - CANCELLED

  • Railroad Park

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER

Hermit Thrush by Debbie McKenzie
January Half-day Field Trip Railroad Park and Avondale Park Saturday, January 7, 2017, 7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Local favorites Railroad and Avondale Parks offer a selection of bird life that can be found in our urban parks and will serve as our destinations for the January half-day field trip. Railroad Park is a relatively recent addition to downtown Birmingham, having once been the site of abandoned lots and warehouses, while Avondale Park is one of our city’s oldest and the former home of the zoo.

Click here for more information: http://birminghamaudubon.org/event/january-7-field-trip/

Dec
23
9:00 am09:00

Fresh Air Family Winter Camp

Gross Out Camp 

Wings, Walks, Suet, and Scat: What I like about That

Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scats and the animals of Ruffner Mountain. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. It may not snow much in the deep south, but winter plays an important role with our native plants and animals. 

December 19th – 23rd Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm

Before and after care for $25, 8am – 6pm

Ages: 7 - 11

Location: Ruffner Mountain

Cost: $200 Fresh Air Family Members

          $225 Non-members

Contact: Fresh Air Family - Taylor Steele, Director of Programs @ 777-7446, or email tsteele@freshairfamily.org

Dec
23
7:00 am07:00

81st Annual Christmas Bird Count

  • Birmingham Audubon Society

81st Annual Birmingham Audubon Society Christmas Bird Count Friday, December 23, 2016 For information on how to participate, email Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director Ansel Payne. The Birmingham Audubon Society CBC began in 1946, which means that this year’s count will be our 81st—one of the longest running CBCs in the country! All BAS members and friends are invited to participate on Friday, December 23, 2016. Thanks to the continued support of our dedicated members and friends this wonderful Christmas tradition continues…

Click here for more information: http://birminghamaudubon.org/event/81st-annual-christmas-bird-count/

Dec
22
9:00 am09:00

Fresh Air Family Winter Camp

Gross Out Camp 

Wings, Walks, Suet, and Scat: What I like about That

Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scats and the animals of Ruffner Mountain. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. It may not snow much in the deep south, but winter plays an important role with our native plants and animals. 

December 19th – 23rd Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm

Before and after care for $25, 8am – 6pm

Ages: 7 - 11

Location: Ruffner Mountain

Cost: $200 Fresh Air Family Members

          $225 Non-members

Contact: Fresh Air Family - Taylor Steele, Director of Programs @ 777-7446, or email tsteele@freshairfamily.org

Dec
21
9:00 am09:00

Fresh Air Family Winter Camp

Gross Out Camp 

Wings, Walks, Suet, and Scat: What I like about That

Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scats and the animals of Ruffner Mountain. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. It may not snow much in the deep south, but winter plays an important role with our native plants and animals. 

December 19th – 23rd Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm

Before and after care for $25, 8am – 6pm

Ages: 7 - 11

Location: Ruffner Mountain

Cost: $200 Fresh Air Family Members

          $225 Non-members

Contact: Fresh Air Family - Taylor Steele, Director of Programs @ 777-7446, or email tsteele@freshairfamily.org

Dec
20
9:00 am09:00

Fresh Air Family Winter Camp

Gross Out Camp 

Wings, Walks, Suet, and Scat: What I like about That

Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scats and the animals of Ruffner Mountain. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. It may not snow much in the deep south, but winter plays an important role with our native plants and animals. 

December 19th – 23rd Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm

Before and after care for $25, 8am – 6pm

Ages: 7 - 11

Location: Ruffner Mountain

Cost: $200 Fresh Air Family Members

          $225 Non-members

Contact: Fresh Air Family - Taylor Steele, Director of Programs @ 777-7446, or email tsteele@freshairfamily.org

Dec
19
Dec 23

Gross Out Camp: Wings, Walks, Suet, and Scat: What I Like about That

December 19-23, 2016, M-F, 9 am - 5 pm,

Before and after care for $25, 8 am-6pm

Location: Ruffner Mountain  www.freshairfamily.org

Cost for the program: $225/$200 members of Fresh Air Family

Ages: 7-11

Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scats and the animals of Ruffner Mountain. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. It may not snow much in the deep south, but winter plays an important role with our native plants and animals. 

Contact: Taylor Steele, Director of Programs @ 777-7446, or email 

REGISTER HERE

Dec
19
9:00 am09:00

Fresh Air Family Winter Camp

 

Gross Out Camp 

Wings, Walks, Suet, and Scat: What I like about That

Come and learn about adaptations, winter survival, tracks and scats and the animals of Ruffner Mountain. See how animals survive winter and learn to read the stories their tracks can tell. It may not snow much in the deep south, but winter plays an important role with our native plants and animals. 

December 19th – 23rd Monday – Friday

9am – 5pm

Before and after care for $25, 8am – 6pm

Ages: 7 - 11

Location: Ruffner Mountain

Cost: $200 Fresh Air Family Members

          $225 Non-members

Contact: Fresh Air Family-  Taylor Steele, Director of Programs @ 777-7446, or email tsteele@freshairfamily.org

 

Dec
16
8:00 am08:00

Staff Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join us outside at Ruffner for a day of clearing, planting, landscaping, and more as we continue our work to install new habitats and expand Ruffner green space. 

If you plan to attend you can sign up below and please be sure to fill out a waiver. 

WAIVER

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone
Dec
1
11:30 am11:30

Donald Kroodsma, Bird Song Specialist

  • Protective Life Corporation

Birmingham Audubon Event

Donald Kroodsma is respected for his career as a scientist studying birdsong. When he and his son planned a continental trip by bicycle, the challenge was whether to ride from the Atlantic to Pacific or vice versa. Their final decision was influenced by beginning with spring in Virginia and Kentucky and ending in the cool Rockies later in the summer having “birds singing with us all across the continent.”

As the Sessions Speaker, Kroodsma will share stories from “Listening to a Continent Sing” as well as his birdsong research on December 1, 2016.  His visit is made possible by Protective Life Corporation, sponsor of the 70th Birmingham Audubon Annual Banquet. Register below for the evening banquet and Kroodsma’s presentation at Protective Life Corporation below.  A limited number of seats are also available for a mid-day Birmingham Audubon Lunch & Learn with Kroodsma at Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve. This program will run from 11:30 AM-1:00 PM.  Registration is required for both events.

The ornithologist is a lifelong scientist whose work has been recognized by organizations including the American Ornithologists’ Union, the American Birding Association and the Wilson Ornithological Society. He is the author of four books focused on birdsong. Kroodsma will be signing books during the social hour preceding dinner. Banquet attendees will also be able to purchase a copy of “Listening to the Continent Sing” from Books-a-Million staff before dinner. For more information, contact Carolyn Henshaw: chenshaw@birminghamaudubon.org or 205-719-3678, ext. 1.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Protective Life Corporation, Grand Bay Dining Room

$42/attendee

5:30 PM: Book signing & reception, cash bar

6:30 PM: Dinner & presentation

To Register for the lunch and learn and/or the evening banquet: http://birminghamaudubon.org/donald-kroodsma-bird-song-specialist-in-birmingham-december-1/

Dec
1
8:30 am08:30

2016 Food & Farm Forum: Livingston (West)

  • University of West Alabama

WHAT:  Regional Food & Farm Forums -- Guided tour, lunch, roundtable discussions, networking, exhibits, and more!

WHO:  Farmers, aspiring farmers, gardeners, and ANYONE concerned with sustainable/traditional practices (like seed saving and herbal medicine), environmental justice, community health, alternative economies, rural development, and/or grassroots organizing!

COST: FREE for all tribal members. Otherwise $5 for ASAN members, $20 for nonmembers.

 

Registration required. Open to all! Child care provided.  Scholarships available.

MORE INFO, including links to register, is at http://asanonline.org/RFFF16.

Nov
25
8:00 am08:00

Staff Work Day

  • Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve

Join us outside at Ruffner for a day of clearing, planting, landscaping, and more as we continue our work to install new habitats and expand Ruffner green space. 

If you plan to attend you can sign up below and please be sure to fill out a waiver. 

WAIVER

Name *
Name
Phone *
Phone