Proceeds from 2004 Alabama Coastal BirdFest
Used Toward Purchase of Fish River Property
July 13, 2005

Pictured left to right are Walter Ernest, John Borom, Philip Hinesley, Director, Coastal Section,
Alabama State Lands Division, and L.G. Adams, Weeks Bay Reserve Manager.

John Borom, president of Mobile Bay Audubon Society and one of the organizers of the Alabama Coastal BirdFest, presented a $5,000 check to Walter Ernest, executive director of the Weeks Bay Reserve Foundation, on Tuesday, July 11. The money, partial proceeds from last year’s Alabama Coastal BirdFest, will be used toward the purchase of three wetland lots on Fish River. “We truly appreciate the generosity of BirdFest,” said Ernest. “This land adds to the available bird habitat at Weeks Bay, and is a good fit with the Reserve’s Long Range Plan. For now, the land will be left mostly in its natural state, with the possible addition of a boardwalk.”

Additional proceeds from the 2004 Alabama Coastal BirdFest are being donated to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary for the purchase of land on Dauphin Island.

The 2005 Alabama Coastal BirdFest is planned for Oct. 20-23 and will include over 20 guided birding tours in Mobile and Baldwin counties, evening events, special guest speakers, and a free, daylong Bird and Conservation Expo on the Faulkiner State Fairhope Campus.

For more information on the 2005 Alabama Coastal BirdFest or to register for any of the tours or events, call 251-929-0922 or visit