The Alabama Coastal BirdFest has been welcoming visitors to the state from all over the U.S. and Canada since 2004. Birdwatching enthusiasts enjoy coming for fall migration viewing because this event offers numerous opportunities for birding and spending time in nature.
This year the 15th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest: A Birding & Nature Festival is slated for Oct. 3-6 and presents the perfect chance to see birds, alligators, wildflowers, dolphins and other wildlife while learning about their habitats. Workshops will be held at 5 Rivers Delta Center and BirdFest showcasing sites will be located all around both Baldwin and Mobile counties.
The event boasts more than 30 guided tours on land and water, plus workshops, speakers and a free, family-friendly Bird and Conservation Expo. The Expo takes place at the Halstead Amphitheater on the grounds of Coastal Alabama Community College (formerly Faulkner State Community College) in downtown Fairhope and includes exhibits, a raptor show, a snake show and activities for children.
The educational festival promotes ecotourism in the state and puts together an outstanding itinerary for event attendees. Choose from exciting activities such as small boat tours, a cruise on the Weeks Bay Explorer, a hummingbird workshop, kayaking, sunset cruises, wildlife refuge visits, photography classes, migration presentations and so much more!
If you’re new to birding, no worries! A Basics of Birding Workshop on Day One will be taught by Katie Barnes from Birmingham Audubon. Katie will talk about birding and the hobby of it, then focus on birding both by season and habitat. Also, she will discuss how to identify based on shape and bird families (known as categorizing) plus how to properly use binoculars, and share good field guides and other resources.
While the event does not take place until October, registration opened on Aug. 13 at 9 a.m. and closes on Sept. 21 at 4 p.m. (CST). Registrations are reserved in the order they are received. Please note you will receive an email confirmation from the ticketing site.
What types of visitors attend Alabama Coastal BirdFest? This annual event attracts people who love birding first and foremost, but also those learning to love the experience. The opportunity to spend time in workshops and presentations with like-minded people stretching their knowledge about migration and birding is well worth the time and effort to attend.