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Don’t miss these exciting speakers at the FREE
Bird & Conservation Expo
Saturday, Oct. 17 - 9a-4p
Faulkner State College in downtown Fairhope

9am -- John Winn’s Learn to Bird

Got a spouse who’s not a birder or a child who just doesn’t understand? Send ‘em to this. John has birded around the world and shares his best ‘birding 101’ tips in this workshop. Class is suitable for older kids as well as adults.
Location: Centennial Hall, classroom


11am --  Forever WildGreg Lein, assistant director of Alabama State Land

Greg Lein, assistant director of Alabama State Lands tells how this amazing program has protected and preserved thousands of acres of Alabama, keeping the areas ‘wild and beautiful’ for you, your grandkids, and their grandkids. Learn more about this important Alabama program, what it means to our state, and how you can help protect it.
LOCATION: Giddens Conference Room/Fairhope Public Library


1pm -- Come Out and Play - Explore opportunities for fun at three great sites on the Alabama Gulf Coast - 5 Rivers Delta Center, Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the new Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trail in Orange Beach. Hank Burch, manager of 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center will talk about the trails, facilities, and ways to enjoy the woods and water of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta; Phillip West, coastal resources manager for the City of Orange Beach, will highlight the new Hugh Branyon Backcountry Trail, a joint venture of the City, Gulf State Park and local landowners; and L.G. Adams, manager at Weeks Bay Estuarine Research Reserve, will talk about all the ways to have fun in the outdoors at Weeks Bay.

LOCATION: Giddens Conference Room/Fairhope Public Library


3pm – Adventures in Birding with Jeff Bouton, Leica Bird & Nature Specialist

Jeff Bouton spent two decades working as a seasonal field research biologist and bird tour leader before joining the Leica Sport Optics team as their US representative to the birding and nature markets in 2004. Jeff now travels the world guiding bird tours and offering presentations at over 20 major bird festivals annually. He writes a featured column in WildBird magazine (Adventures with Austin), and has written dozens of articles for varying wildlife publications. He writes a bird blog on the Bird Watcher's Digest website, and was a contributing author to Houghton Miflin’s, Good Birder's Don't Wear White. His photos have been printed in numerous nature and birding magazines.
LOCATION: Giddens Conference Room/Fairhope Public Library


Alabama SnakesShows at 9:30, 12:30 and 2:30

Dr. David Nelson, professor emeritus in biology at University of South Alabama, and friends will introduce you to some of the coolest snakes in Alabama. Get up close and personal with big and little snakes that share our local environs.  
LOCATION: Centennial Hall Auditorium



Live Raptor Demonstrations at 10, noon & 2

One of our most popular shows! Enjoy hawks, falcons, owls and other raptors up close with our friends from the Alabama 4-H Center and Coosa River Science School.

LOCATION: Faulkner’s Front Yard




Owl Pellet Dissection Workshop – 1:30 and 3pm

All ages love this workshop that explores the lives of owls through a look into their diets. Dr. Henry Spivey, instructor of biology at Faulkner State College, leads this fun and fascinating workshop.

LOCATION: Campus – Fowler Science Building - Please arrive to start promptly at 1:30 or 3pm


Birds of a Feather Workshop – 1:30 and 3pm

Barbara Gibbs, instructor of biology at Faulkner State College,explores why birds of a feather flock together! What makes a hummingbird’s feathers different from a Mockingbird’s – or a Great Blue Heron’s? How do feathers on a duck help keep them dry? Does a feather’s shape help a bird fly better? Find out in this workshop.

LOCATION: Campus – Thomas Science Building – Please arrive to start promptly at 1:30 or 3pm




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