Registrations are Pouring In!
Birders from all over the US are making plans to come to Fairhope, Alabama for the first annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, Oct. 14-17, 2004. "We have received registrations from as far away as Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, New York, Michigan and Minnesota – so far," said Dr. John Borom of Mobile Bay Audubon Society, one of the event sponsors.
BirdFest features 14 different tours and three evening social events, including a reception aboard the USS Alabama on Oct. 14, a barbecue and seafood feast with silent auction at the Nix Center in Fairhope on Friday, Oct. 15, and a night time birding tour and seafood dinner at Blakeley State Park on Saturday, Oct. 16.
"No one has been able to estimate accurately the volume of migrating shorebirds, waterfowl, and passerines fanning out over the 600 mile-wide Gulf of Mexico each autumn and spring, but biologists estimate that the number could run as high as six billion," Borom said. "Biologists have documented more than 200 species of birds that use the rim of land around the Gulf as a way station and launch pad. Serious birders realize that this is a great place to bird watch because not only can you see birds that are native to the Gulf Coast, but you can see this great variety of birds that pass though our area."
Proceeds from the Alabama Coastal BirdFest will be used to help protect and preserve migratory bird habitats along the Alabama Gulf Coast. All BirdFest events and dinners require advance registration. Register here or by calling 251-990-0423.
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