North Alabama Birdwatchers Society

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The North Alabama Birdwatchers Society (NABS) is truly a birding group for everyone, from beginners to experts. We have been around since 1976 and are the only birding group in northern Alabama to offer a set of regularly scheduled trips each year. We visit a variety of areas across this part of the state, most of which are included on the North Alabama Birding Trail (NABT). By birding with NABS, you'll have the opportunity to go out with experienced people who are familiar with the places we visit and who love to share their knowledge. NABS also provides greater access to certain natural areas where birding by car is restricted to groups.

Although the focus is on birds, NABS outings also offer opportunities to become more generally familiar with many of the beautiful and diverse natural areas characteristic of northern Alabama. The places we'll visit provide excellent opportunities to observe, study and appreciate a variety of flora and fauna, including wildflowers, trees, insects, reptiles/amphibians and mammals. Some NABS regulars have considerable knowledge of these other groups and would be glad to answer questions and provide information during trips.

Our regular meeting time is Saturday, 7:00 am for most trips, although we have a few Sunday outings during the spring. Half-day trips are the norm, although some will include extended birding into the afternoon for those interested. Please note that, although it's usually easy to leave early, there are a few trips behind locked gates that involve a minimum 2- to 3-hour time commitment (see Wheeler NWR trip descriptions). Bring your binoculars, spotting scopes, field guides, refreshments, bug repellent and rain gear. We seldom officially cancel trips; if the weather is bad (heavy rain) or dangerous (icy roads, severe storms) enough to warrant cancellation, we will send out an email notice.

Send your comments, questions and suggestions to Rufina or Ken Ward, 1689 Longleaf Drive , Huntsville , AL 35806 (256-837-5646).

If we don't already have your email address, please consider sending it to us to add to the NABS mailing list. We can then email you this schedule, as well as trip reminders, species lists and a few other items of interest. In addition, here is a copy of the schedule.