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Black Belt Field Trip: West Alabama and Tombigbee River
August 11, 7:00 am–7:00 pm
Join us as we enjoy some hot-weather birding west of the fall line, with stops along the Tombigbee near Gainesville and Aliceville, at the University of West Alabama’s Lake LU (pronounced “El-Yoo”), and at the chalk cliffs in Epes. We’ll also make time for midday tacos at Livingston’s Tres Hermanos Mexican Restaurant—a favorite with the locals! (Of course you should also feel free to pack a lunch, if you prefer.)
Meetup is on the early side of 7 a.m. at the McDonald’s on US 31 in Hoover, located at 1731 Montgomery Highway, across from the Galleria. From there, we’ll carpool or caravan down I-20/59 with a stop at the mile marker 39 rest area around 8:30 a.m. After a short break, we’ll head to our first birding stop at the Gainesville Lock Facility, on Highway 39 east of town.
It’ll most likely be a long, hot day, so be sure to bring the usual supplies: rehydrating drinks, snacks, a full tank of gas, insect repellant, rain gear, summer attire, and a healthy dollop of sunscreen.
Greg Harber (205-807-8055; please contact on the day of the trip only)