Bird Watchers Band Together
If you are planning a visit to the Gulf Shores and Orange Beach area for Spring Break, be sure to look in on the bird banding stations at historic Fort Morgan. Dedicated volunteers spend hours patiently waiting for migrating song birds to find their way
to the banding station nets. Volunteers note the species and health of the birds; band them and send them back on their voyage to South America. Visitors to the station get the opportunity to adopt the banded birds and should they turn up again in subsequent years, volunteers notify the adopting families by email.
Fort Morgan's location at the edge of the beach makes it an attractive spot for migrating birds to stop on their long trek south. For more than 10 years the bird banding station has catalogued these birds to monitor population levels and the effects of weather. Painted and indigo buntings are usually spotted as well as ruby-throated hummingbirds, a variety of warblers, woodpeckers, yellow-bellied sapsuckers, summer tanagers and many others.
The bird-banding station will be open from March 31 – April 12, from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM, with a crew of trained volunteers from the Hummer Bird Study Group. Fort Morgan Historical Park charges $5 admission for adults and $3 for children 6-12, but banding is free. Bring your camera and get comfortable, but the bird banding station asks that you leave pets at home.