Birmingham Audubon’s Urban Bird Habitat Initiative (UBHI) works to promote productive habitat for birds in publicly accessible spaces throughout the greater Birmingham Area. Funded in part by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, UBHI focuses on improving habitats that benefit birds and people; in the process, it promotes conservation of important ecosystems, community engagement with publicly accessible natural areas, and economic development through nature-based recreation. You can read more about the program’s recent successes in our latest UBHI report here.
East Lake Park
The small island in the center of East Lake Park is a heron rookery used by several species including the beautiful Black- and Yellow-Crowned Night Herons. The Conservation Committee works through the guidance of Birmingham Park & Recreation to promote conservation of the rookery and birding. East Lake Park, founded through the Land and Water Conservation Fund, is a site along the Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail thanks to the diversity of bird species found along the tree-lined Village Creek and on East Lake.
This park operated by the City of Alabaster has been a favorite site for Birmingham Audubon members and other birders. The park is a site along the Appalachians Highland Birding Trail and home to a birding observation deck sponsored by Birmingham Audubon that overlooks the habitat mix of wetlands and prairie. The Conservation Committee is currently working with the City of Alabaster and other partners to reintroduce prairie and enrich the habitat at the popular birding site.
Birmingham’s popular downtown park is an outstanding example of shared habitat for people and birds from the variety of water features throughout the park, to the landscape that includes productive grasses, shrubs, trees and other plants that provide both habitat and food for resident and migrating birds. Locate the sign in Railroad Park, sponsored by Birmingham Audubon and National Audubon Society, listing birds you are likely to see, when and where in the park.
Birmingham Museum of Art Prairie Garden
Along with volunteers from five other organizations, Birmingham Audubon volunteers installed a prairie garden on the once unused beds adjacent to the Museum’s Sculpture Garden located on the Upper Plaza. It has matured into vibrant habitat attracting birds and pollinators. The success of this garden, which has become a great backdrop for events such as Art on the Rocks, has yielded discussion on shared programming between the Museum and Birmingham Audubon.
To find out more about the UBHI program, and how you can help, contact Program Director Andy Coleman.