Ivan Won't Stop BirdFest!
October 5, 2004

Despite the winds of Hurricane Ivan, which blew through the Gulf Coast on Sept. 15-16, the Alabama Coastal BirdFest is still on.

"We want everyone to know that we are still here and that the first annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest will still take place Oct. 14-17," said Dr. John Borom, president of Mobile Bay Audubon Society, one of the event organizers.

"We may have to rework a few of the tours because of damage that occurred in our coastal communities. At this point, it’s too early to know for sure. Some tours that are scheduled for Gulf Shores, Bon Secour, Fort Morgan, and Dauphin Island may have to be rerouted. But I want people to know that if we can’t go to a scheduled site, we will take the tour to a similar destination. The birds will still be here, and we will take the tours to good spots to see the birds."

Borom said that all three of the BirdFest evening events and the free, day-long Bird Expo, scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 16 on the grounds of Faulkner State Community College in Fairhope, will still be held as planned.

"We are a bit bruised and battered in Fairhope and Mobile, but we are fine.
This storm was devastating for some of our coastal communities and our hearts go out to folks who lost their homes and/or businesses. But we also realize the importance of carrying on with life and getting back to business. I want everyone who has already registered and everyone who is thinking about registering to know that we are open for business and we welcome visitors – maybe now more than ever."

As more information becomes available about tours that may need to be rerouted, it will be posted on the web site. "As for now, I hope that everyone who has already registered will trust us to make the best of what options we have available. We know that our coastal communities want to get back to normal as soon as possible, and we hope that we will still be able to take most of our tours as scheduled," Borom said.

To register for the Alabama Coastal BirdFest, click here. For more information, call 251-990-0423 or 251-929-0922.