Alabama’s Birds of Prey
Paul Franklin helps birders navigate the sometimes confusing world of raptor identification. We expect to experience a portion of the dynamic fall hawk migration, as the birds move toward their wintering grounds. We also anticipate seeing a good assortment of both adult and subadult plumages in the birds of prey during this period. Weekly class field trips provide students with opportunities to test their new skills in the field.
Where and when do we meet? The course meets on six consecutive Mondays (10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12, 11/19), 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Birmingham Audubon offices, located on the second floor of 3720 Fourth Avenue South. (Ample and well-lit parking is available in back, just behind the former Saigon Noodle House.)
Cost: Your one-time registration fee ($60/members; $85/non-members) covers all six meetings. (While you are not required to attend each class, do note that we cannot refund individuals for partial attendance.)
Registration: Class size is limited to fifteen, so don’t delay! To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form.
Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director, or call 205-719-3678.
Instructor: A lifelong birder, Paul Franklin has taught birding courses at UAB, Samford University, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, and other institutions since 1987. As an active member of Birmingham Audubon, Paul has served as chairman of the Field Trips and Conservation committees, volunteered as a bird-count compiler, and fulfilled two terms as president of the organization. Among other accomplishments, he has conducted Breeding Bird Survey routes for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, held a Master Bird Bander license, and acted as the state’s primary ornithologist during the development of the Alabama Birding Trail.