Audubon Teaches Nature Series: 2015-16 Season

Birmingham Audubon Announces

Rafineque's Big-Eared Bat. Photo Credit Alabama Bat Working Group (ABWG)

Rafineque’s Big-Eared Bat. Photo Credit Alabama Bat Working Group (ABWG)

The 2015-2016 Season of
Audubon Teaches Nature
Co-sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, the Alabama Wildlife Center,
the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and Friends of Oak Mountain

During this twenty-fifth 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 and 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.

Long-time Birmingham Audubon member, Dick Mills, will present our inaugural seminar:
Alabama’s Bats: An Introduction to the Alabama Bat Working Group
Dick Mills, Guest Speaker
Sunday, October 18, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Photo credit: Alabama Bat Working Group

Red Bat. Photo credit: Alabama Bat Working Group

Forty-seven species of bats occur in the United States, and of these 16 occur in Alabama. Many of them are insectivores, but some are also frugivores (fruit eating) and serve important roles as pollinators. All of Alabama’s bats eat insects and help control mosquitoes and insects that are harmful to crops. This program will introduce you to the bats found in Alabama, their status and the work of the Alabama Bat Working Group (ABWG).

Other topics, speakers and dates in this year’s series are as follows:

Reptiles: A Sampler
Alabama 4-H Science School and David Frings, Guest Speakers
Sunday, November 22, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Birds of Prey: Masters of the Skies
Callaway Gardens’ Birds of Prey Program, Guest Speaker
Sunday, January 24, 2016, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center

Swallow-tailed Kites: Their Incidence and Conservation Status in Alabama
Eric Soehren, Guest Speaker
Sunday, February 28, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center

Becoming a Better Birder: Using Field Marks to Identify Birds
Greg Harber, Guest Speaker
Sunday, March 20, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Baby Bird Season
Scottie Jackson & the AWC Team
Sunday, April 24, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center

Exploring Wild Alabama
Larry Davenport and Ken Wills, Guest Speakers
Sunday, May 22, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

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 $3.00 per person, but the program itself is free.