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NEW! Delta Paddling Safari Available
If you’re local or your coming in early for BirdFest, check out the Oct. 14 Delta Paddling trip offered by our good friends at 5 Rivers Delta Safaris. Bring your own kayak or rent one. Trip is limited to just 16 paddlers. Visit www.5rds.com/birdfest2009.php for more information and to sign up. A portion of the fee will be donated to BirdFest!


Kathy Hicks Photo Exhibit Opens with Reception, October 2nd

2009 BirdFest feature artist Kathy Hicks will be honored at a reception Friday, Oct. 2, 6-8pm, at the Fairhope Public Library as part of Fairhope’s famous First Friday ArtWalk. The reception is free and everyone is invited to attend. The reception is held in conjunction with the Friends of the Fairhope Library, and the Friends’ bookstore will also be open that night with a special selection of ‘bird’ books available.

An exhibit of Kathy’s photography will be premiered at the library at the reception and will remain on display through the end of October. 

A Baldwin County resident who grew up on the Western Shore of Mobile Bay, Kathy’s photography has won several awards and has been used in Forbes, Antique Road Show, Science Daily, and Outdoor Alabama. She is also an exclusive photographer for iStockPhoto.com. In 2004, Kathy designed the original logo for BirdFest that is still in use today.


BirdFest and Weeks Bay Foundation Fund Drive Under Way

BirdFest and the Weeks Bay Foundation are raising money in a fun way – make a donation, and your name will be entered in a drawing to win one of three great vacation stays: a luxurious overnight at the Marriott Grand Hotel in Point Clear, with dinner for two, two rounds of gold, and a spa day pass; three nights at Vieh’s Bed & Breakfast in San Benito, Texas, the heart of the lower Rio Grande Valley birding area; and three nights in a three-bedroom Gulf-Front Condo on the Alabama Gulf Coast, courtesy Meyer Real Estate.

For a suggested donation of $5, your name will be entered once; for $20 your name will be entered five times. Donation not required for entry in drawing. Drawing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 17, at the Bird & Conservation Expo in Fairhope. Need not be present to win.

To make a donation and be entered in the drawing, see any WBF board member, stop by John Borom’s office at Faulkner in Fairhope, or attend any BirdFest-related event (such as the Kathy Hicks reception on Oct. 2 at the library!) Call the WBF at 990-5004.

You can also make a donation at the Weeks Bay Foundation website:

Click here to go to the Weeks Bay site.


BirdFest and Fairhope Library Team Up for Film Series
Are you ready for 2009 BirdFest? You will be, if you stop by the Fairhope Library on upcoming Tuesdays to enjoy these great bird and nature films. All movies are suitable for all ages - bring grandpa and the kids! Note that some of the movies show just at 2pm, others at 2pm and 6pm. Admission is free. Scroll down, and read all about the scheduled films. 

Tuesday, Sept 15 • 2pm and 6pm
March of the Penguins - A wildlife classic. Film crews endured a full year of extreme conditions in Antarctica to capture the life cycle of Emperor penguins on film. Their diligence is evident in every striking frame of this documentary.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 • 2pm
Nature: Extraordinary Birds - Photography takes flight to capture the wondrous behavior of some extraordinary birds. Follow a falcon hunting for prey, a storm of wild birds that bring rain to an Indian village, a hummingbird’s 5,000-mile commute and more.

Tuesday, Sept. 29 • 2pm and 6pm
Nature: Parrots! Look Who’s Talking – This is a fun, visually rich program that profiles a bird of magnificent plumage and personality. Explore how the illegal bird trade is threatening wild populations, and take a fresh look at parrot conservation.

Tuesday, Oct. 6 • 2pm
Flight School – This film tells the story of Operation Migration, a group of scientists who breed whooping cranes and teach these endangered birds the art of migration, using ultra-lights to lead them on their route.

Tuesday, Oct. 13 • 2pm
Winged Migration – This amazing documentary is as close as any of us will get to sharing the sky with our fine feathered friends. It's as if French director Jacques Perrin and his crew had been given a full-access pass by Mother Nature herself, with the complete “cooperation” of countless species of migrating birds.


Gulf Coast Tradition to Cater BirdFest Dinner
If you love seafood, you're going to love BirdFest's BBQ & Seafood Social, Friday, Oct. 16, at the Nix Center in Fairhope. This year, the event is being catered by a Gulf Coast tradition, Wintzell's Oyster House. 

Founded in Mobile in 1938, Wintzell's is known far and wide for its "oysters - fried, stewed, or nude," as well as for the thousands of homespun sayings that decorate the walls of all of the company's seven current locations. Don't expect to see those witty signs at our dinner, but do expect to enjoy some great food. Wintzell's will be serving up tasty BBQ pork and rolls, fried oysters, popcorn shrimp, baked fish, Wintzell's mouth-watering turnip greens (this is the South, you know!), potato salad, and a green salad. Save room for Wintzell's delicious peach cobbler! 

If you're local, you already know what makes Wintzell's great. If you're visiting from out of town, read more about them on their web site at www.wintzellsoysterhouse.com.


Alabama Coastal BirdFest Works to Preserve Habitat
Since 2004, Alabama Coastal BirdFest has donated $50,000 toward the preservation of bird and wildlife habitat on the Alabama Gulf Coast. 

"Our shores and woods are vital stopover points to migrants. Without it, thousands of birds could be lost every year," said John Borom, BirdFest chairman. "It has always been the mission of BirdFest to help protect these lands - and not just for the birds and wildlife, but for the generations of people yet to come. However, as we all know, coastal property is expensive, and we could not do much on our own to purchase it. That's why we're happy to work with organizations such as Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries (DIBS). The hard work of Dr. John Porter and others associated with DIBS has helped preserve several important habitats on Dauphin Island, and Alabama Coastal BirdFest is happy to have played a part."

In addition to donating funds toward the preservation of habitat on Dauphin Island in Mobile County, BirdFest has also helped purchase habitat land at Weeks Bay Reserve in Baldwin County.



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