Bald is Beautiful: Conservation Efforts to Save South Africa’s Vultures
January 15, 2015- 7 p.m
Birmingham Botanical Gardens East Room
Presented by Jessie Griswold, Birmingham Zoo
Vultures may not be the embodiment of beauty and inspiration, but they are vitally important to our ecosystem because they rid the environment of bacteria, diseases and rotting meat. Unfortunately, their numbers are declining at an alarming rate. Our January speaker, Jessie Griswold, will talk about her experience in South Africa as a volunteer for VulPro or Vulture Conservation Programme, an organization intensively working to save Africa’s vultures. Jessie Griswold is an Animal Health Center Keeper at the Birmingham Zoo and is a member of the Birmingham Audubon Conservation Committee. This program is free to the public.
Upcoming Field Trips: Birmingham Audubon Field Trips 2014-2015
All Birmingham Audubon field trips are free and open to the public. Field Trips are held on Saturdays. The Beginner Bird Walks are held another day; please note day. See the complete list of Upcoming Field Trips.
Audubon Teaches Nature
January 18th, 2:00 p.m.
“The Wetumpka Astrobleme, An Ancient Tale”
David Frings, Guest Speaker,
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center
The Wetumpka Astrobleme is a crescent-shaped crater in Elmore County created 83 million years ago by the impact of a comet or asteroid. The energy released by the impact was 175,000 greater than the nuclear explosion in Hiroshima in 1945. The February Birmingham Audubon field trip will include a visit to the astrobleme, so be sure attend this special program designed to enhance your visit. Come early for refreshments and bring binoculars for a bird walk after the program.
Beginner Bird Walk
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge
The next Beginner Bird Walk is scheduled for January 19, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, when we travel to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, AL. This trip will introduce new birders to waterfowl that migrate to the refuge for the winter including snow geese, ruddy ducks, sand hill cranes, and possibly a small group of endangered whooping cranes! For more details, RSVP with Teaching Naturalist Helena Uber-Wamble at 205-714-8228 and leave your name, phone number and email address.
Birds and Brews
January 25, 2015
Join Birmingham Audubon for a leisurely stroll around East Lake Park, 1st Ave North and 84th Street North, and learn which resident and migratory birds can be found in which habitat. An update will be provided on Birmingham Audubon’s efforts to protect the heron rookery on the island which served as the catalyst for our extensive and ongoing Urban Bird Habitat Initiative. After our walk, we will visit the Avondale Brewery or Post Office Pies. Meet at the Shepherd Senior Center Parking lot which is beside the East Lake Park Public Swimming Pool on 84th Street North. Loaner binoculars will be available. Contact: Hans Paul,
Bird Watching Classes
Birmingham Audubon member, Greg Harber, will be teaching a series of bird watching classes for both members and non-members beginning Monday, January 5th. Classes meet from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Homewood Library. Cost is $20 per class for members and $30 per class for non-members. These classes are a continuation of last year's introductory class and delve further into identification tips and techniques as well as address various aspects of the species' ecology. The three classes offered are:
January 5 and 12, 2015
Birds of Prey
February 2 and 9, 2015
February 16 and 23, 2015
Class size is limited so enroll now by contacting Greg at his email address - Bring your check to the first class meeting to cover the cost of the class.