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Fall 2007

Winter 2007

Mobile Bay
Audubon Society
A Chapter of the National Audubon Society Since 1971
Volume XXVII No.3

Fourth Annual Alabama Coastal


BirdFest is Big Hit
The rains came down on two days, Proceeds from BirdFest are used Sponsors and supporters of the
but the wet weather didn’t keep to help preserve and protect Alabama Coastal BirdFest include
the birds or the birders away from habitat on the Alabama Gulf Alabama Department of
the Fourth Annual Alabama Coast, Borom said. “Our Conservation and Natural
Coastal BirdFest. “We didn’t have proceeds are used to purchase Resource, Lands Division; 5
to cancel a trip,” said John Borom, habitat land; we’ve donated Rivers Delta Resource Center,
president of Mobile Bay Audubon $30,000 so far, and we hope to Alabama Power, The Forum;
and one of the event’s organizer. make a donation from this year’s Mobile Bay National Estuary
“We tell people that if the weather BirdFest. But the festival also Program, Faulkner State
is wet, we might rearrange a trip, serves to educate people about the Community College, Degussa,
and we did do that on the first need to preserve our vital Gulf Baldwin County Commission,
two days, but everyone saw birds, Coast habitats.” Mobile County Commission,
and we think everyone had a great In addition to 18 guided tours, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin
time. Of course, Saturday and the 2007 Alabama Coastal Island Bird Sanctuary, Weeks Bay
Sunday were beautiful, so we had BirdFest included two evening Reserve Foundation, The National
great weather for our Bird & events and a free, day long Bird & Oceanic and Atmospheric
Conservation Expo and for the Conservation Expo, with exhibits, Administration, The Talking
tours that went out on those speakers, vendors, artists, live Phone Book, City of Fairhope,
days.” birds and other animals, and kid’s Eastern Short Chamber of
As in previous years, birders from activities. On Thursday night a 5 Commerce, Gulf Shores
all over the United States attended Rivers Delta Resource Center in Convention & Visitors Bureau,
the four-day festival. “We had Spanish Fort, visitors enjoyed a and Mobile Bay Convention &
visitors from 18 states this year, presentation of works by Visitors Bureau.
including California, Maine, photographer Terry Hartley of The see more photos from this
Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Mobile. Friday night’s dinner at year’s festival, visit
Texas. We also had a visitor from the Nix Center in Fairhope www.alabamacoastalbirdrest.com.
Canada again this year. I think the featured a talk by Dr. Geoff Hill, The First Annual Alabama Coastal
work is getting out that the professor of ornithology and BirdFest will be Oct. 16-19,
Alabama Coastal BirdFest is a great director of the Hill Lab at Auburn 2009. Details will be posted
spot for birding.” said Fran University. online when they are available.
Morley, BirdFest coordinator.

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Board of
Directors 2007
John Borom, Ph.D., President
P O Box 432 990-0423 (B)
Fairhope, AL 36531 928-5219(H)

Elizabeth Williams, Vice President


Birdathon and School Film Prog. 643-7257
3616 Pepper Ridge Drive
Mobile, AL 36693

Eleanor Livaudais, Secretary


P O Box 492 928-1901(B)
Point Clear, AL 36564 928-8967(H)

Ottilie Halstead, Treasurer and


Membership 928-9537
33 Paddock Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532

Delane Small, Edior


1 Fiesta Drive
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
460-2400(B)
626-9700(H) 2008 Calendars
John Dindo, Ph.D. 861-7558(B) Our 2008 Feathered Friends calendars have arrived and are more
2651 Hillcrest Road 666-8226(H)
Mobile, AL 36695 beautiful than ever. Yes I know that I say that every year, but the
Edwina Mullins, Publicity
Maslowskies have outdone themselves this year with pictures of the
4606 N Sunset Drive Common Redpoll, Yellow-bellied Sapsucker, Water Thrush, Indigo
Mobile, AL 3608 344-1175
Bunting, and the Scarlet Tanager to name a few. Each print has an
John Porter, Ph.D., Dauphin interesting note about habitat and food. The calendars are for 16
Island Audubon Sanctuary
P O Box 848 861-2120
months beginning with September.
Dauphin Island, AL 36528 We all receive free calendars but they don’t compare with these so buy
Elizabeth French, PhD, one for yourself and several to give away. At $5.00 they are a bargain.
Field Trips 452-1121
We gave out last year early in the season so if you would like 5 or more,
36 Ridgeview Drive
Chickasaw, AL 36611 call Elizabeth (643-7257) and she will hold them for you. They will be
Roger Clay, Field Trips
for sale at each meeting and at the Birdfest.
626-547(B)
P O Box 247 928-9047(H)
Daphne, AL 36526

Garland Sims, Special Projects


101 Laurel Street 928-6772
Christmas Party
Fairhope, AL 36532
7:00 p.m. Five Rivers Resource Center on
Celeste Hinds 928-6526
112 Lake Ridge the Causeway
Fairhope, AL 36532
Annual Christmas party and program by John and Bev Winn—
Bob Ridgeway
866-5968
Ethiopia, the Gift of the Nile. Bring a friend and a plate of your special
14127 River Wood Rd.
Citronelle, AL 36652 holiday goodies (finger food only)
Anita Bryant, Jr. Audubon
Sponsor and Audubon
Adventures 422-5161
2200 Tulipwood Drive
Mobile, AL 36605

Judy Lovell
14750 County Rd 66 251-964-5387
Loxley, AL 36551

Ex Officio Members 342-6824


Nancy Hora
416 LaBorde
Mobile, AL 36609

Edith McClinton 432-4898


170 N Lafayette Street
Mobile, AL 36604
Chester McConnell
4363 Old Shell Rd, Apt. 211 345-0792
Mobile, AL 36608
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The Ivory-billed Woodpecker Foundation
Second Annual Fundraising Celebration Gala
In September of 2007 Bobby Emcee’s for this year’s event will search. Bobby has long been an
Harrison, co-discoverer of the be Bobby Harrison and Tim advocate of using a stealth
Ivory-billed Woodpecker Gallagher, co-discoverer’s of the approach to locating and
established The Ivory-billed ivory-billed woodpecker in eastern documenting Ivory-bills. Bobby
Woodpecker Foundation. The Arkansas on February 27, 2004. will discuss techniques of
foundation is a 501(c)3 charitable In addition to Emcee duties, camouflage for your canoe and
organization whose main purpose Bobby and Tim will give an person, using video cameras and
is to obtain further photographic update on the current ivory-bill search strategies. (Gala ticket
documentation of the Ivory-billed search, as well as keeping the required)
Woodpecker, and to establish if evening flowing and on schedule. At 11:00am at the Jaycee’s facility,
the Ivory-bill persists in other Entertainment for the evening will Bobby will show his September 4,
drainage systems throughout its be vocal artist Curt Carter, who 2004 video. Bobby has been
historic range. has been inspiring students to working with a NASA video
On February 23, 2008 The Ivory- take a closer look at the natural analysis to create a clearer and
billed Woodpecker Foundation environment for over 25 years. sharper version of his video.
will hold its Second Annual The rediscovery of the ivory-bill Although this work is still in
Fundraising Celebration Gala. inspired him to compose “Ghost progress, the results should prove
The event will be held in Bird” a song, which he will to be quite interesting. (Gala
Huntsville, Alabama at the perform along with other great ticket required)
Jaycee’s Facility located at 2180 songs of his own creation. At 1:00pm, Jamie Hill, who has
Airport Road. The evening For those who would like to make lead both the Arkansas and
begins a 6:00 pm with a social a full day of the event, Wheeler Florida camera deployment search
hour, dinner at 7:00pm and National Wildlife Refuge located will give a presentation on how to
keynote address at 8:00pm. in Decatur, Alabama will host car use time lapse cameras in the
Attire for the evening will be caravan tours to areas that are of search for the Ivory-bill. Jamie’s
professional (coat and tie). great interest to birdwatchers. knowledge of time lapse camera
The keynote speaker for this year’s Beginning at 8:00am refuge usage is unsurpassed. For those
event will be Dr. Jerry Jackson. personal will lead a group through interested in learning how to use
Jackson is the Whitaker Eminent the White Springs Dike time-lapse cameras or, would like
Scholar in Science at Florida Gulf compound. This is one of the an entertaining behind the scenes
Coast University in Naples, premier birding sites of the look at the ivory-bill search, this
Florida. He is the author of Tennessee River Valley. Bald program is for you. The event
numerous books, including, In Eagles, Ospreys and hawks are location will be at the Jaycee’s
Search of the Ivory-billed often seen in the area, as well as facility, (Gala ticket required)
Woodpecker, and is recognized wintering songbirds and Last years fundraising gala was a
world wide as an authority of the shorebirds. The tours will also great success with more than 135
Ivory-billed Woodpecker. Jackson include Arrowhead Landing, people from 10 states in
is also an outspoken critic of the which attracts large numbers of attendance. With this year’s
evidence presented as scientific Snow Geese, White Pelicans, expanded program, the event is
proof of the Ivory-billed loons, and a large variety of expected to be an even greater
Woodpecker’s existence. This waterfowl. Your own success. Reserve you tick soon,
year’s program should prove to be transportation will be required to and support the Ivory-billed
informative and entertaining since enjoy this event. Woodpecker Foundation in its on
it will be given from a critic’s At 10:00am at the Jaycee’s going mission to search and
perspective. It is a program that Facility, Bobby Harrison and Tim document the this icon of
you will not want to miss! (Gala Gallagher will present a program conservation.
ticket required) on how to conduct a low impact

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MBAS Board Mem-
ber Named
Bhutan, The Cloud
Alabama’s Outstand- Kingdom
ing Science Teacher
Anita Bryan, MBAS board
member was recently named
Alabama’s Outstanding Biology
Teacher by the National
Association of Biology Teachers.
Anita teaches physical science and
environmental science at Murphy
High School. She will go to
Atlanta in November to be
honored and accept the award.
Anita is our Mobile County
Audubon Adventures coordinator
and sponsors the student
Audubon Club at Murphy.
We are proud to have this award-
winning teacher on our Board until 1999. The country is now
Tom Sterling, narrator, naturalist,
photographer, has recently made open to visitors allowing us to
three trips to this fascinating explore its breathtaking beauty
country of Bhutan. He has and wonderland of birds. Some
captured the spectacular 600 species have been recorded
landscape, lush rainforests, tin this tiny country. Tom will
glorious monasteries, quaint take us for a walk through oak and
villages, festivals, and wildlife that rhododendron forests and beneath
is unique to the Himalayas. trees festooned with lichens,
Bhutan, nestled between Tibet mosses, ferns and orchids. (Yes,
and India, because of its orchids!)
mountainous terrain, has Join Tom Sterling on Tuesday,
remained isolated from the January 29, as he takes us on this
outside world for centuries— journey to Bhutan, the Cloud
television was not introduced here Kingdom—a true Shangri-la.

Calendar
Dec. 11 Annual Christmas Party and Special Presentation, “Ethiopia–The Gift of the Nile,” presented by
John & Beverly Winn, Five Rivers Delta Resource Center, 7:00 p.m. Bring a friend and a plate of your
special holiday goodies (finger food only) to share.

Jan. 8 Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. General meeting 7:30 p.m. “Grand Canyon National Park, June 2007,”
presented by John Borom. Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bring a friend.

Jan. 29 Film: “Bhutan, the Cloud Kingdon,” 7:30 p.m.presented by Tom Sterling. Five Rivers Resource
Center. Bring a friend.

Feb. 12 Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m. General meeting 7:30 p.m. “Yellowstone and Grand Teton National
Parks, July 2006,” presented by John Borom. Five Rivers Delta Resource Center. Bring a friend.

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Great Backyard Bird Count
In February, volunteers throughout the US and Canada are in-
vited to “count for Fun, Count for the Future!”
New York, NY & Ithaca, NY-
People of all ages and experience how the numbers of some birds
Millions of novice and accom-
levels are invited to take part species have changed in recent
plished bird watchers can make
wherever they are--at home, in years, such as a decline in North-
their fascination with nature add
schoolyards, at local parks or ern Pintails and an increase in
up for science and for the future
wildlife refuges, even counting Hooded Mergansers, consistent
during the 11th annual Great
birds on a balcony. Observers with trends from the Christmas
Backyard Bird Count, led by
count the highest number of each Bird Count and Breeding Bird
Audubon and the Cornell Lab of
species they see during at least 15 Survey.
Ornithology. During “President’s
minutes on one or more of the “People who take part in the
Day” weekend, February 15-18,
count days. Then they enter their Great Backyard Bird Count see
2008, anyone can count birds
tallies on the Great Backyard Bird the results of their efforts in the
from wherever they are and enter
Count web site news and in bird conservation
their tallies online at
www.birdcount.org. work taking place across the
www.birdcount.org. These
The web site provides helpful country, said Audubon Education
reports create an exciting real-
hints for identifying birds. Partici- VP, Judy Braus. “Whether the
time picture of where the birds
pants can compare results from counts occur at home, at schools
are across the continent and
their town or region with others, or nature centers, they’re more
contribute valuable information
as checklists pour in from than engaging and education
for science and conservation.
throughout the US and Canada. science activities for young people
“These volunteers are counting
They can also view bird photos and adults, they’re a way to
not only for fun but for the
taken by participants during the contribute to the conservation of
future,” said Tom Bancroft, Chief
count and send in their own digital birds and habitat nationwide.”
Science Officer for Audubon.
images for the online photo gallery Lt. Daniel Britt, who served in
“It’s fun to see how many differ-
and contest. Iraq 16 months, is glad to be
ent kinds of birds can be seen
In 20076, Great Backyard Bird back home in Zimmerman, MN,
and counted right in your back-
Count participants made history, where he and his sons plan to join
yard or neighborhood park. Each
breaking records for the number the GBBC. “We get a bunch of
tally helps us learn more about
of birds reported, and the number birds in our backyard,” Britt said,
how our North American birds
of checklists. Participants sent in “but my oldest son, Daniel, and I
are doing, and what that says
81,203 checklist tallying may cross country ski into the
about the health and the future of
11,082,387 birds of 613 species. Sherburne National Wildlife
our environment.”
“Literally, there has never been a Refuge to count birds there.”
“The GBBC is a great way to
more detailed snapshot of a For more information on how to
engage friends, family, and
continental bird distribution profile participate, including identification
children in observing nature in
in history,” said John Fitzpatrick, tips, photos, bird sounds, maps,
their own backyard, where they
Director of the Cornell Lab of and information on over 500 bird
will discover that the outdoors is
Ornithology. “Imagine scientist species, visit www.birdcount.org.
full of color, behavior, flight,
250 years from now being able to The Great Backyard Bird Count
sounds, and mystery,” said Janis
compare these data with their is sponsored in part by Wild Birds
Dickinson, Director of Citizen
own!” Unlimited.
Science at the Cornell Lab or
Already, the count results show
Ornithology.

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