Press Release

For Immediate Release 

 

Event Date: October 5-8, 2016

 

Registration Is Now Open for 13th Alabama Coastal BirdFest, Spanish Fort, AL

 

For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo.

 

 

Alabama Coastal BirdFest birders at Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge. Photo by John Borom

 

Spanish Fort, Alabama, August 17, 2016 - Registration opened with a bang on Monday, August 15, for the 13th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, which takes place at prime bird- and wildlife-watching locations throughout Baldwin and Mobile counties, October 5–8, 2016. Birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Now a “birding and nature festival,” BirdFest features trips that highlight local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins, and other creatures that share our world.
 
Many BirdFest trips are by bus and depart from 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort, Alabama. Others allow participants to meet the bus or drive to the trip site. “These trips are great for people who live near or are vacationing near the various sites,” said John Borom, BirdFest founder. “Someone near Weeks Bay, Fort Morgan, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour, or Dauphin Island, for example, might choose to drive and meet the group rather than ride a bus from 5 Rivers. For many other trips, riding the bus from 5 Rivers is perfect and easy. Bus trips include lunch and are a great opportunity to meet other birders. We try to have something for everyone.” BirdFest trips include walking tours, comfortable boat rides, and more adventurous canoe and kayak excursions. 
 
This year’s keynote speaker, on Friday, Oct. 7, is Dr. John Dindo, an associate director of Dauphin Island Sea Lab. He will talk about natural and man-made changes in local habitats and the effect they have on bird populations.
 
BirdFest’s Bird & Conservation Expo is a fun family day that takes place Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Halstead Amphitheatre on the Faulkner campus in beautiful downtown Fairhope. The Expo includes displays, exhibits, raptor and snake shows, a touch tank, birdhouse build, and lots of hands-on fun for all ages. Admission to the Expo is free and open to all. Advance registration is required for all trips, workshops, and evening events. To learn more and to register, visit www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com. Registration closes on Friday, Sept. 23, at 4pm central time.

 

A birder scans the shores of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta on a BirdFest trip. Photo courtesy Alabama Coastal BirdFest 

 

 

 Media Contact    

 

Media Contact: Fran Morley

Email: info@alabamacoastalbirdfest.com

Phone: (251) 625-0814

 

Alabama Coastal Birdfest

Spanish Fort, Alabama

Web: www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com

 

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Event Name: Alabama Coastal BirdFest

Event Date: October 5-8, 2016

Web: www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com

Contact: Fran Morley, info@alabamacoastalbirdfest.com, (251) 625-0814

Description: Registration opened with a bang on Monday, August 15, for the 13th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, which takes place at prime bird- and wildlife-watching locations throughout Baldwin and Mobile counties, October 5–8, 2016. Birders know the Alabama Gulf Coast is a prime spot to see birds during the fall migration, and since 2004, BirdFest has attracted visitors from more than 27 states and Canada—many returning multiple times. For both experienced birders and those new to birding, BirdFest offers more than 30 expertly guided tours, evening dinner events, workshops, and the free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Now a “birding and nature festival,” BirdFest features trips that highlight local and migrating birds, wildflowers, alligators, dolphins, and other creatures that share our world.

 


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