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Beginner Bird Walk East Lake Park
June 13, 2015, 9:00 am–11:00 am
Adults and children, ages five and up, are invited to attend Birmingham Audubon’s first annual walk at East Lake Park. Beginner Bird Walks are family-friendly outings designed to teach and improve birdwatching skills.
The highlight of this event is the viewing of the large wading birds, specifically the black-crowned night-herons and great blue herons. These birds have established a rookery (colony of nests) on the island in the middle of the park’s lake. We will have spotting scopes set up for everyone to have a close-up view of these birds and their nests. There also will be a birdwatching walk around the park where experienced birders will assist you with the locating and identifying of the bird encountered.
East Lake Park, a 100-acre city park anchoring Birmingham’s East Lake community, was first developed in 1886, and, in the past, has housed a resort hotel, casino, golf course, Ferris wheel and petting zoo. In 2012, the park was listed as part of the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail. A few years prior to that, the Park and Lake were chosen for habitat restoration by members of Birmingham Audubon’s Conservation Committee. Erosion control measures for Heron Island were initiated as well as tree plantings and erection of nesting platforms for herons.
Subsequently, Birmingham Audubon, following National Audubon’s lead, initiated the Urban Bird Habit Initiative. This is a program designed to enhance spaces in urban areas to provide food, shelter and nesting sites. East Lake Park was one of the first locations chosen for the local initiative.
To read more about the history of the park, please visit the following link: http://www.bhamwiki.com/w/East_Lake_Park
Reservations are required as space is limited. Please call 205-719-3678 or email teaching naturalist Helena Uber-Wamble at: huberwamble@birminghamaudubon. org to make your reservation. Reservations are accepted through Friday, June 12, 2015. Include in your message the number of adults and children in your group and how many will need to borrow binoculars. Also include your phone number and email address. After you are registered, you will receive an email confirmation with directions to the park and where to meet.