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Field Trip: Birmingham’s East Lake Park and Zion Prairie
March 11, 2017, 7:00 am–12:00 pmFree
The first of these sites, East Lake Park, is one of the city’s oldest and most-visited public parks, a stop on the Alabama Birding Trails Appalachian-Highlands section, and a Birmingham Audubon Urban Bird Habitat Initiative location. While the park’s highlight is a large, easily viewed central island—home to one of the area’s largest Black-crowned Night-Heron rookeries—birders can also expect to find resident and wintering songbirds along the banks of Village Creek, which runs along through southeastern edge of the park.
The second stop, a short-grass habitat that area birder Scot Duncan has dubbed the “Zion Prairie,” is just a short drive north of East Lake, on property adjacent to Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport. Visitors to this little-known habitat can expect to find numerous sparrow species, Eastern Meadowlarks, and any number of raptors, including American Kestrels and Red-tailed Hawks.
Meetup is at 7 a.m. in the eastern parking lot at East Lake Park (200 84th Street North). Be sure to bring good walking shoes and a variety of outerwear, as Alabama weather conditions can be notoriously changeable this time of year. We hope to see you there!
Susan Barrow (205-253-8667) & Matt Hunter (205-915-8186)