Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop


Dr. R. Scot Duncan (center) leads a bird walk at the 2014 Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop. Photo courtesy Bob Farley.

40th Annual Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop
11–14 May 2017
Alpine Camp, Mentone, Alabama


Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop, one of the Southeast’s largest and oldest events dedicated to the natural history of the southern Appalachians, turns forty this year! We hope you’ll consider joining us in May 2017 as we celebrate this historic milestone with another great year of classes exploring the ecology, wildlife, and culture of beautiful northeastern Alabama.

Together with our world-class faculty, you’ll enjoy a broad overview of the region’s natural and cultural history, with classes on animal ecology, stream biology, beginning and advanced bird identification, mammal identification, insect collection, geology, Native American culture, early Alabama architecture, canoeing, and much more. All classes are held either on the campus of Mentone’s historic Alpine Camp or in one of of several natural areas located around Mentone and nearby Fort Payne. Students and faculty stay in the rustic cabins or lodges at Alpine Camp or at nearby DeSoto State Park, both nestled within a mountain landscape of open vistas and clear-running streams.

IMG_1163While you’re at it, consider making Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop a family tradition with our Young Naturalist Program, an outdoor-education curriculum for children ages five to twelve. All Young Naturalist activities are taught and supervised by our adult academic faculty, with assistance from an invited Guest Director and Birmingham Audubon Outreach Director Dr. Ansel Payne. Generations of Young Naturalists have now enjoyed this program’s hands-on activities and extensive science- and nature-based opportunities.

For more information on this program, and how you can participate, please email Program Director Dr. Andy Coleman.

We hope to see you “up on the mountain” this spring!

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Join us in 2017 as we celebrate the fortieth anniversary of the Birmingham Audubon Mountain Workshop.