Promoting productive urban habitat for birds in spaces accessible to the public is the focus of the Birmingham Audubon Urban Bird Habitat Initiative. Five priority projects are under way. To learn more about Urban Bird Habitat, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about the various birds that you can see at these UBHI sites, please visit Audubon’s Field Guide. You can also keep track of the birds you see by using ebird and participate in important citizen science efforts. Click here for instructions on how to download Audubon’s free bird guide app!
Avondale Park Rose & Habitat Garden
This historic park includes the once prolific and beautiful rose garden. In partnership with Avondale Samaritan Place, the guidance of Birmingham Park & Recreation and support of Friends of Avondale Park, Birmingham Audubon will restore the Avondale Rose & Habitat Garden to feature heirloom roses, plants for bees, birds and butterflies and herbs in the 84 beds. Volunteers and donors are an important feature of this garden, too!
East Lake Park
The small island in the center of East Lake Park is a heron rookery used by several species including the beautiful Black- and Yellow-Crowned Night Herons. The Conservation Committee works through the guidance of Birmingham Park & Recreation to promote conservation of the rookery and birding. East Lake Park, founded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, is a site along the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail thanks to the diversity of bird species found along the tree-lined Village Creek and on East Lake.
Dedicated birders have discovered the rich habitat and birding opportunities along the corner of Coosa Street and 16th Street North in Greenwood Park. The canopy of older trees are productive habitat, as well as grasses and productive landscape deeper in the park.
Limestone Park, Alabaster
This park operated by the City of Alabaster has been a favorite site for Birmingham Audubon members and other birders. The park is a site along the Appalachians Highland Birding Trail and home to a birding observation deck sponsored by Birmingham Audubon that overlooks the habitat mix of wetlands and prairie. The Conservation Committee is currently working with the City of Alabaster and other partners to reintroduce prairie and enrich the habitat at the popular birding site.
Birmingham’s popular downtown park is an outstanding example of shared habitat for people and birds from the variety of water features throughout the park, to the landscape that includes productive grasses, shrubs, trees and other plants that provide both habitat and food for resident and migrating birds.
Locate the sign in Railroad Park, sponsored by Birmingham Audubon and National Audubon Society, listing birds you are likely to see, when and where in the park. To learn more about the species you see in Railroad Park, visit: Audubon’s North American Field Guide. Download Audubon’s FREE bird guide app today! Click here for instructions.
Completed: Birmingham Museum of Art Prairie Garden
Along with volunteers from five other organizations, Birmingham Audubon volunteers installed a prairie garden on the once unused beds adjacent to the Museum’s Sculpture Garden located on the Upper Plaza. It has matured into vibrant habitat attracting birds and pollinators. The success of this garden, which has become a great backdrop for events such as Art on the Rocks, has yielded discussion on shared programming between the Museum and Birmingham Audubon.