Birds of Railroad Park Celebrated October 13 in Downtown Wildlife Oasis
Railroad Park visitors now have another reason to stop and learn with the installation of “The Birds of Railroad Park” located in the section known as The Gardens. The sign, sponsored by BirminghamAudubon and National Audubon Society, illustrates birds frequently found in the park. Birding is among the many recreational uses of Railroad Park thanks to the diverse ecological systems represented and habitat found in the landscape.
The Birds of Railroad Park sign, designed by Macknally Land Design, provides a list of birds commonly found in the park, where visitors may find certain birds in the park based on habitat, and which season to look for birds. A QR (Quick Response) Code links visitors to the Birmingham Audubon website and more detailed information about the species sharing the park described by a local birder as a downtown wildlife oasis. Birmingham Audubon frequently leads birding events at Railroad Park in addition to incorporating the location in the Christmas Bird Count, a zoned-count of species conducted by the local chapter and reported to the National Audubon science team for 79 years.
Members of the Birmingham Audubon and Railroad Park Foundation boards gathered with friends and community leaders October 13 for a celebration and birding. Birmingham Audubon president Michelle Reynolds said, “You may think of birding as a recreation that takes place only in large nature preserves and away from the city, but there are many urban birders who enjoy and use Railroad Park.” Dr. Ken Marion, chair of the Birmingham Audubon Conservation Committee, told the group, “The birding is good at Railroad Park because the habitat is healthy. The design of the park provides food, water and shelter for birds year round.”
The park is considered a model site for the Birmingham Audubon Urban Bird Habitat Initiative (UBHI) that focuses on healthy habitat shared by birds and people. Projects associated with UBHI are located in Jefferson and Shelby County and are funded in part by a grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham. Birders in Alabama represent the largest percentage of wildlife watchers that contribute to local and state taxes through transportation, equipment purchases, food and lodging associated with their recreation.
Birmingham Audubon Society is a 69-year-old nonprofit that promotes conservation, birds and habitat, and a greater knowledge of the natural world. Learn more at Birmingham Audubon.
Contact: Suzanne Langley, Executive Director