August 26, 2014
Second Bottle Creek and Delta Adventure Trips Added for 2014
Due to demand, Alabama Coastal BirdFest has once again scheduled two additional bonus trips into the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. “The Bottle Creek Indian Mounds trip and the accompanying Northbound Adventure trips on Thursday were the first two to sell out this year,” said BirdFest founder, John Borom. “We’re glad that we have added two additional, similar trips on Friday, Oct. 3. These two trips can be taken separately or combined for a full day adventure.”
The new Bottle Creek trip (#309) leaves 5 Rivers at 6:15 am for a short bus ride to Live Oak Landing where guests will board the Osprey for a trip deep into the Delta to Mound Island. The trip includes a trek through the woods and backwards in time, culminating in a climb of the highest 45-foot mound, an amazing legacy of the 13th century Mississippian Native American tribes who lived in our area. The boat winds its way back to Live Oak Landing where guests will have a brief time to explore and enjoy lunch before returning by bus to 5 Rivers.
The new Southbound Adventure trip (#310) departs 5 Rivers by bus at 10 am and begins with a walking tour of the oak-lined banks of Live Oak Landing. Guests will have time to explore the area to discover the local bird life and enjoy a sack lunch before boarding the Osprey for the Southbound Adventure. This tour takes guests through a variety of diverse habitats as it travels south from the heart of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta back to 5 Rivers. Guests will experience nearly twenty-five miles of river as well as the sand banks and beaches of Gravine Island.
Advance registration is required for both of these trips, which are priced at $50 each. To learn more about these and other trips, visit www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com and follow links to registration.
The 2014 Alabama Coastal BirdFest offers more than 20 expertly guided trips to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, two evening speaker events, and a free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. All trips and evening events require advance registration. For more information on all of BirdFest and to register, visit www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com or call 251-625-0814.
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Oct. 9, 2013--
A Wrap-Up Report for the 2013 Alabama Coastal BirdFest
One of the beautiful things about nature is her unpredictability. Who could have guessed that during this unpredictably slow hurricane season that a system would pop up and develop as quickly as Tropical Storm Karen did—and then fizzle out to almost nothing a few days later.
By then, the damage was done. Alabama Coastal BirdFest did what most other events did: we canceled all trips set for Saturday, Oct. 5, the day the storm was due to arrive. It’s not an easy thing to predict tropical weather—where it will go or how severe it will be—and it’s easy to be a Monday Morning Quarterback and second guess what should have been done. BirdFest and other events made the best decision possible with the forecast information that was available.
“Now we are dealing with processing refunds to those who were scheduled to go on the canceled trips, but the good news is that many people are asking that we keep the fees they paid as a donation,” said BirdFest founder, John Borom. “Since 2004, BirdFest’s mission has been to raise money to help preserve and protect our coastal habitat, so the money goes to a good cause.”
2013 was the 10th Alabama Coastal BirdFest, and it was a year of firsts, noted BirdFest Nestkeeper (Coordinator) Fran Morley. “It’s the first year we had to contend with a tropical system during the event, and the first year we had a government shut down that prevented us from taking visitors on trails at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, one of our popular birding sites. I didn’t expect either of those things this year, but you just have to deal with situations as they arise.”
Otherwise, the 2013 BirdFest was a success, Morley said. “We had a great opening reception and good trips on Thursday and Friday and we even held a scaled-back Bird & Conservation Expo in Fairhope on Saturday. The Grand Festival of Art and Grand Festival of Books were canceled, so we were the only game in town that day, and we had a pretty nice turnout to see the raptor and snake shows, build birdhouses, make suet bird feeders, and see all the booths and exhibits.”
BirdFest appreciates its many sponsors and supporters including: Alabama Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources: State Lands Division, Alabama Coastal Heritage Trust, Birmingham Audubon, ConocoPhillips, Eagle Optics, Eastern Shore Children’s Clinic, Faulkner State, Gulf Shores & Orange Beach CVB, Hampton Inn: Daphne, Legacy: Partners in Environmental Education, Mobile Bay Audubon, Mobile Bay National Estuary Program, Pelican Coast Conservancy, TRS: The Registration System, The Curtis & Edith Munson Foundation, South Alabama British Car Club, and Weeks Bay Foundation.
This year’s BirdFest drew participants from 20 states, Canada, and the United Kingdom. Since 2004, BirdFest has donated more than $60,000 toward the purchase of protected habitat land on the Alabama Gulf Coast. The 11th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest is set for Oct. 2-4, 2014. Details will be posted as they are finalized at www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com.
August 28, 2013 --
Second Bottle Creek Indian Mounds Adventure Added
Due to overwhelming demand, BirdFest has added a second trip to explore Bottle Creek Indian Mounds, located deep inside the Mobile-Tensaw Delta.The original trip on Friday, Oct. 4, sold out quickly, but guests may now register for a special bonus trip set for Sunday, Oct. 6. This bonus trip will depart from Lower Bryant Landing in Stockton. Guests must register in advance—the same as for any BirdFest trip—and are advised to be at Lower Bryant Landing by at least 7:45 am. The boat will depart at 8am sharp! To see the full trip description, visit www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com, and click to register.
This adventure to Bottle Creek Indian Mounds, accessible only by boat, will take you deep into the Delta and back 800 years to the life and times of the Mississippian Culture Native American tribes who once lived in our area. This interpretive tour involves a reasonable hike, culminating in climbing the highest hand-built mound at 45 feet. Your guide from 5 Rivers Delta Safaris will introduce you to the fauna and flora of the middle Delta’s cypress swamps and to the history of the people who called it home—and left an amazing legacy. Great birding can be found on the island and along the miles of river bank passed on the way there.
The 2013 Alabama Coastal BirdFest offers more than 20 expertly guided trips to prime birding locations on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, two evening speaker events, and a free, family friendly Bird & Conservation Expo. Trips and evening events require advance registration. For more information on all of BirdFest and to register, visit www.AlabamaCoastalBirdFest.com or call 251-625-0814.
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