Coastal Bird Banding

Swainson’s Warbler banded on Fort Morgan, spring 2017. Photo: Neil Gilbert.

Thanks to everyone who joined us at our 2019 Coastal Bird Banding! We look forward to sharing this special event with you again next year. 

Public bird banding returns to the Alabama Gulf Coast again this spring, courtesy of Birmingham Audubon and its partners (Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural ResourcesMississippi State UniversityGulf Shores & Orange Beach Tourism, the Edwin L. and Elizabeth L. Skelton Foundation, the Alabama Historical CommissionMobile Bay Audubon Society). Registration is encouraged for planning purposes.

This year’s banding event runs from Tuesday, April 16th, 2019, to Saturday, April 20th, at Baldwin County’s historic Fort Morgan (110 AL-180, Gulf Shores). We invite the public to join us during the following hours:

  • Tuesday, April 16th, noon to 3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 17th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Thursday, April 18th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Friday, April 19th, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 20th, 8 a.m. to noon

Reviving the bird banding program originally championed by the late Bob Sargent and his wife, Martha, this event provides an invaluable look at spring migrants traveling across the Coastal Alabama section of the Mississippi Flyway. Throughout the week, participants enjoy unparalleled access to the researchers and the work, with up-close-and-personal views of some amazing birds.

Remember to bring water, bug spray, sunscreen, and perhaps an outdoor chair; restrooms and concessions are available next to the ferry, and all ages are welcome to attend. (Please note that while the Coastal Alabama Bird Banding Project is free, there is an admission fee to enter the park. For up-to-date pricing, visit

You’ll also have the chance to meet and bird with celebrity birder Jason Ward, our Fund II Apprentice through National Audubon Society. In addition to working with Birmingham Audubon and our sister chapter in Atlanta, Jason has become nationally known for his new online series “Birds of North America.” Watch the teaser trailer online here!



You can read more coverage of previous years’ events here, here, and here. Have questions? Email us or you may call our Mobile Office at 251-410-8600.

2019 guest researchers:

Eric Soehren, Ecologist, Alabama Department of Conservation & Natural Resources

A graduate of  Jacksonville  State  University with both undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biology, Eric has been a zoologist with the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource’s State Lands Division since 1997. He currently manages the Wehle Land Conservation Center (WLCC), where he administers the Avian Conservation Center, which works to develop and coordinate bird research and monitoring programs. Eric is actively involved with several conservation organizations including the Alabama Ornithological Society, Southeast Partners in Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, and the Inland Bird Banding Association.

Dr. Scott Rush, Associate Professor, Dept. of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture, Mississippi State

An associate professor in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Aquaculture at Mississippi State, Scott received his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia in 2009. While his graduate research focused on properties of northern Gulf tidal-marsh ecosystems, he and his graduate students currently work on developing novel approaches to understand landscape/trophic ecologies and wildlife populations.