Birders Flock to Alabama Coastal BirdFest for Fall Migration

Registration is ongoing for 9th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, with more than 20 guided trips, evening speakers and free Expo. Trips/evening events require advance registration.

Fairhope, AL, August 15, 2012 --( Registration is now open for the 9th annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest. Every year, birders from all over the U.S. flock to the Alabama Gulf Coast to view the fall migration. One good way to enjoy the best birding opportunities is to take part in the Alabama Coastal BirdFest, which has welcomed birders from 20 different states and Canada since its founding in 2004.

“We’re hearing from old friends from all over the country who have attended BirdFest in years past and are making plans to come again this year,” said BirdFest coordinator Fran Morley. “Serious birders realize that millions of birds from all over North America pass through here on their way to winter homes in Central and South America. This is an opportunity to not only see birds that are native to our area but birds from all over.”

This year’s event includes walking and boat trips to favorite birding spots such as Bon Secour, Weeks Bay, the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, and Bayou La Batre.

Proceeds from BirdFest are used to help preserve and protect bird and wildlife habitat on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

In addition to the daily trips, BirdFest includes an Orientation/Welcome Reception on Wednesday, Oct. 3, and a BBQ and Seafood Social on Friday, Oct. 5. Both evening events take place at Delta Hall at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center in Spanish Fort.

“The Wednesday night event is a great time to meet fellow birders in a relaxed setting and enjoy a special presentation of bird and nature photos taken by some of the best photographers in our area,” said Borom. “The Friday night dinner will feature a talk by one of our most popular guides, wildlife biologist Roger Clay, who will talk about the great variety of birding options in our area.”

A popular aspect of BirdFest is the free, fun, family-friendly Bird & Conservation Expo, with live raptor and snake shows, touch tanks, and booths and exhibits from divisions of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, a kids’ birdhouse build, plus booths from bird and nature-related vendors, other conservation organizations, and artists. The Expo takes place on the grounds of Faulkner State College in downtown Fairhope.

BirdFest trips, the Wednesday night Orientation/Welcome Reception and the Friday night Social require advance registration. For the full schedule and more information about BirdFest activities or to register, visit or call 251-625-0814
Alabama Coastal BirdFest
D. Fran Morley