Warblers and Vireos (Paul Franklin)

Common Yellowthroat. Photo: Debbie McKenzie

Registration is now closed as class is full. Check out our other upcoming classes here

Warblers and Vireos

Join Paul Franklin as he tackles the complicated identification problems posed by Alabama’s migratory warblers and vireos. Field trips are timed to provide maximum exposure to these small, but beautiful, birds.

Textbook: The National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America will serve as the text for this course; while we encourage students to bring their own, more than enough copies are available for use here in the office.

Where and when do we meet? The course meets on six consecutive Mondays (4/1, 4/8, 4/15, 4/22, 4/29, 5/6), 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 Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, the former Saigon Noodle House.)

We expect multiple field trips each week either on Saturdays and/or early weekday mornings, and we will try to accommodate students’ schedules. It is important students attend the first class on April 1st as many organizational details will be determined, including the best times for field trips. The instructor will send a group email throughout the class to update about meeting and field trip times.

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.)

Questions? Email the Outreach & Communications Director, or call 205-719-3678.

To see all of our class offerings, click here.


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.