Audubon Teaches Nature 2016-17

Audubon Teaches Nature is co-sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon, Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and Friends of Oak Mountain.

12640357_1021269767937389_5643979482796006931_oDuring this twenty-sixth 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 ~ 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. David Frings and Jimmy Stiles will present our inaugural seminar of the 2016-2017 season:

Reptiles: A Sampler
David Frings and Jimmy Stiles, Guest Speakers
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Reptiles are among the most ancient animals on the planet, having existed for over 300 million years. Modern reptiles inhabit every continent except Antarctica. They number in excess of 10,000 species, and of these 93 are indigenous to Alabama: one crocodile, 12 lizard, 49 snake and 31 turtle species. Four lizard species have been introduced. Today’s program will include a sampling of live native and non-native species, affording close-up views of their unique adaptations. Your kids will love this program, and be sure to bring a camera!

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

Exploring Wild Alabama
Larry Davenport and Ken Wills, Guest Speakers
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Birds of Prey, Masters of the Skies
Alabama Wildlife Center Raptor Team, Guest Speaker
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. & 3:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center

Geology and Paleontology in Alabama: a Treasure Underfoot
Dana Ehret, Guest Speaker
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Mysteries of Bird Migration
Anne G. Miller, Guest Speaker
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center

Alabama Birding Trails
Joe Watts, Guest Speaker
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Alabama Wildlife Center

Alabama State Parks: Your Gateway to Outdoor Recreation
Emily Vanderford, Guest Speaker
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

12592402_1021272974603735_4405549916990220266_nPrograms are held at the Alabama Wildlife Center at Oak Mountain State Park, and the adjacent Oak Mountain Interpretive Center. Admission to the park is $ $5 per adult (age 12+), $2 per child (age 4 to 11), $2 per senior (age 62+) and free for ages 3 & under. There is no charge for the ATN program.