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July, August, September 2006

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

Alabama Coastal Birdfest 2006

October 19-22, 2006
The third annual Alabama tration forms as soon as pos- watchers will receive immediate
Coastal BirdFest is still a few sible,” said Borom. benefits from the program.
months away, but already registra- BirdFest’s opening night “There are several good
tions are coming in from all over reception at the Gulf Coast Internet sites with real-time
the country. Exploreum in Mobile features a Doppler radar information. There
“The first week after the panel discussion on Hurricanes & is a significant relationship be-
brochures were mailed, we got a Habitat. Dr. John Dindo, assistant tween what you see on the radar
dozen or more registrations in, director and a senior marine at night and what you see in the
and one of the very first was from scientist at the Dauphin Island woods the next morning,” he said.
someone in Washington state,” Sea Lab, Roger Clay, nongame Advance registration is
said John Borom, president of the wildlife biologist, ADCNR required for the tours and evening
Mobile Bay Audubon Society. Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries events. To register or for more
“Over the first two years, we had Division, and Eric Soehren, information, visit
registrants from 16 different terrestrial zoologist, ADCNR
states, and it looks like this year Natural Heritage Section State or call 929-0922. More informa-
will be the same. It’s wonderful Lands Division, will present a tion is also available be writing
that we have this opportunity to program on how birds and other
introduce people to the wonders wildlife deal with hurricane
of birding on the Alabama Gulf destruction and how local habi-
Coast.” tats are recovering from the
This year’s BirdFest is storms.
October 19-22; it features 18 Friday night, at the BBQ &
guided tours to prime viewing Seafood Social at the Nix Center
spots on the Alabama Coastal in Fairhope, Dr. Sidney
Birding Trail, including three new Gauthreaux, Centennial Professor
trips that will take guests out on of Biological Sciences at South
the A.E. Verrill, Dauphin Island Carolina’s Clemson University,
Sea Lab’s 65-foot research will present a program on using
vessel. “These trips are going to Doppler radar to identify and
fill up fast. I encourage everyone track migratory birds. Dr.
to make plans and send in regis- Gauthreaux says interested bird
Board of Directors Rare Green Baron
John Borom, Ph.D., President
990-0423 (B)
Caterpillar in Mobile!
P O Box 432
Fairhope, AL 36532`
928-5219(H) Roy Pope, Jr.
Elizabeth Williams, Vice President
Birdathon and School Film Prog.
3616 Pepper Ridge Drive
Mobile, AL 36693
Eleanor Livaudais,Secretar y
P O Box 492
Point Clear, AL 36564
Ottilie Halstead, Treasurer and
33 Paddock Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532
Delane Small, Editor
1 Fiesta Drive
Spanish Fort, AL 36527
John Dindo, Ph.D.
2651 Hillcreast Road
Mobile, AL 36695
Edwina Mullins, Publicity
4606 N Sunset Drive 344-1175
Mobile, AL 36608
Cindy McDonald
P O Box 81371 510-1279
Mobile, AL 36689
John Porter, Ph.D., Dauphin Island
Audubon Sanctuar y
P O Box 848
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Elizabeth French, Ph.D.
Field Trips
452-1121 Mr. Roy Pope, Jr. had a really today (July 4, 2006). I did an
36 Ridgeview Drive
Chickasaw, AL 36611 exciting fourth this year. He image search for it on Google and
Roger Clay, Field Trips
626-5474(B) spotted a Euthalia adonia pinwilli discovered that this caterpillar is
P O Box 247
Daphne, AL 36526
or Green Baron butterfly in the Green Baron–a rare butterfly
Garland Sims, Special Projects Mobile! In this own words: found in Malaysia. According to
101 Laurel Street 928-6772
Fairhope, AL 36532 “I live in the Heritage Woods all that I have read, the Green
Celeste Hinds subdivision in west Mobile. The Baron is seldom ever seen by
11321 Marshall Lane 928-6526
Fairhope, AL 36532 caterpillar was found gliding humans. I count myself as being
Bob Ridgeway across my minivan at around noon very lucky in finding this.”
3974 Hillcreast Lane West 928-6526
Mobile, AL 36693
Anita Br yant, Jr., Audubon Sponsor and
Audubon Adventures
2200 Tulipwood Drive
Mobile, AL 36605
Minnie Knokes 928-0296
50 Spring Run
Fairhope, AL 36532

Melvin Long
P O Box 86 945-8392
Foley, AL 36536

Nancy Hora
416 LaBorde
Mobile, AL 36609
Tell your friends
Edith McClinton
170 N Lafayette Street
Mobile, AL 36604
432-4898 about birdfest!
Notes from BirdFest
meeting June 22,
Lightning Bug Season
by John Borom
2006. . . Last night the sky was clear lightning bug information, and try
Thousands of brochures have been
after a recent rain. Cricket frogs, to understand what was then not
mailed to past participants and
other inerested birders around the
treefrogs, and chorus frogs were understandable, but remained a
country. Brochures are also in the calling, bright stars appeared low, source of wonder. Biology
process of being distributed around and lightning bug flashed in the explains what a child could only
the state as well as in the Mobile trees and close to the ground. think about. They are not classi-
and Baldwin counties. If you Lightning bug season is here! It fied as flies or bugs, but are
would like brochures to take to occurs every year when they actually soft-bodied brownish
your favorite coffee shop, birding appear about May or June. Just beetles with a mixture of luciferin
or outdoors store, church, school, seeing lightning bugs takes me and luciferase that results in a
or anyplace else that will let us back to those warm summer chemical reaction that produces a
display them, please let Fran nights of flash
Morley know or stop by John
my youth. controlled
Borom’s office at Faulkner State
Community College in Fairhope to
I thought by ab-
pick up some! about dominal
T-shirts are ready and will go on growing muscles.
sale in advance of BirdFest! up where Flashing
Watch the web site for more info! lightning lightning
This year’s shirts will be in pretty, bugs bugs are
earthy colors of chestnut (to sell) were trying to
and pine (for the guides). The art plentiful attract
is Dave Cagnolatti’s beautiful shot and mates.
of a Prothonotary Warbler–same running Our adult
bird as on the posters and
barefoot through the cool grass, mind tries to understand this
Posters should be ready for
chasing and catching them and science and knows there is no
distribution and sale by the end of wondering about their glowing such thing as magic but our hearts
July–watch the website!There is a with brilliant flashing yellow-green can still wish that it were so.
big need for guides this year. light. Lightning bugs were as I could not resist the tempta-
Please, if you have any interest in much a part of summer as fresh tion of catching just one low flying
doing this or know someone you tomatoes, cold watermelon, lightning bug, watch it flash in my
can convince to help out--contact fishing and swimming in the bay, hand, and release it to go about
Fran Morley(929-0922) or Roger and visiting grandparents. I its business. It is difficult to
Clay (626-5153). If you have an remembered the thrill of a jar full imagine warm summer nights with
out of town friend who is a great of these captive sparkling insects. no lightning bugs. Take a moment
birder, invite him or her here for
I can still feel the joy and hear the to smile, to listen to the songs of
the week to hlep.
The first registrations are coming
laughter echoing through my the night, and to enjoy watching
in! The very first was for 6 trips memories. Chasing and capturing lightning bugs with grandchildren.
to Blakeley and the Tensaw River the fairylike creatures of the night It is good to think about the other
cruise. The new and improved was a wonderful pastime for creatures that share our world
online registration is in its final children and a time of magic. with us. It is lightning bug season,
stages of implementation and Perhaps memories cause and like childhood and like magic,
should be running soon. adults to return to look for it will soon be gone.
Fran Morley, Nest Keeper
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