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J ANUARY /F EBRUARY , 2004

Mobile Bay
Audubon Society
A CHAPTER OF THE N ATIONAL A UDUBON S OCIET Y SINCE 1971

VOLUME XXIII NO. 1

Taken from the front page of the Mobile


Alabama Register on December 22, 2003

Contents Coastal BirdFest Birding Boom


By John Borom
Brings Tourists
An exciting event will take
place in Alabama on October 14-
Wildlife officials say more
17, 2004. We are in the process of money is spent in the
Alabama CoastalBirdfest ..... 1
planning the first annual Alabama state on watching birds
Coastal BirdFest which includes than on hunting
Birding Boom ..................... 1
the following groups: Mobile Bay By Garry Mitchell
Board of Directors .............. 2
National Estuary Program, Associated Press Writer
Newsletter Deadline ........... 4
Faulkner State Community
New Sign at Fairhope Pier .. 4 Alabama has more riches than
College, Alabama Department of
The Great Backyard Bird most realize in its skies and back
Conservation and Natural Re-
Count .................................. 5 yards–birds.
sources, U.S. Fish and Wildlife
Snapshot of Last Year’s In an eye-opening analysis,
Service, Alabama Gulf Coast
Count .................................. 5 federal wildlife officials found that
Convention and Visitors Bureau,
Methylmercury ................... 6 more money is spent on watching
Mobile Convention and Visitors
New Members .................... 8 birds and other wildlife in
Corporation, Baldwin County
Christmas Party .................. 8 Alabama than is spent on hunt-
Commission, Mississippi Alabama
Birds Are Where You Find ing.
Sea Grant, Alabama Power Foun-
Them .................................. 9 Counting purchases on
dation, City of Fairhope, The
The Birds Are Tardy ........... 9 everything from vehicles for
Nature Conservancy, the Weeks
Window Strikes .................. 10 exploring to birdseed and binocu-
Bay Reserve Foundation and the
Calendar .............................. 11 lars for closer looks, $626 million
Mobile Bay Audubon Society.
Membership Application ... 12 was spent in 2001 on watching
Our location makes this an
excellent time of the year for birds and other wildlife in
birding, and the weather is Alabama–compared with about
typically beautiful. Birding trips $601 million on hunting and
will feature the 240 mile long $719 million on fishing, accord-
Alabama Coastal Birding Trail, a ing to an economic analysis by
series of loops that describes the the US Fish and Wildlife Service.
birding spots most frequented by Using US Census data, the
Alabama birders. All proceeds will
Continued on page 2 Continued on page 3

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Board of Directors be used to purchase and improve
habitat for birds on the Alabama
workshops. Individuals who
register for birding events will be
2003 Gulf Coast. given discounts if they are
John Borom, Ph.D., President In addition to field trips, members of the Mobile Bay
P O Box 432 990-0423 (B)
Fairhope, AL 36533 928-5219 (H) BirdFest will include special free Audubon Society.
Elizabeth Williams, Vice President;
activities that are designed to The entire schedule of events
Birdathon and School Film Prog. promote birding, environmental for the Alabama Coastal BirdFest
3616 Pepper Ridge Drive
Mobile, AL 36693 643-7257 stewardship and ethics. It will will be placed on the Mobile Bay
Bill Jones, Treasurer
also include evening speakers, a Audubon Society website in the
742 S Mobile Street silent auction, exhibits and a few near future.
Fairhope, AL 36532 928-8976

Eleanor Livaudais, Secretar y


P O Box 492
Point Clear, AL 36564 928-8967

Ottilie Halstead, Membership


33 Paddock Drive
Fairhope, AL 36532 928-9537

Delane Small, Editor


1 Fiesta Drive 460-2400 (B)
Spanish Fort, AL 36527 626-9700 (H)

Edwina Mullins, Publicity


4606 N Sunset Drive
Mobile, AL 36608 344-1175

Cindy McDonald
P O Box 81371
Mobile, AL 36689 510-1279

John Porter, Ph.D., Dauphin Island


Audubon Sanctuar y
P O Box 848
Dauphin Island, AL 36528 861-2120

Elizabeth French, Ph.D., Field


Trips
36 Ridgeview Drive
Chickasaw, AL 36611 452-1121

Roger Clay, Field Trips


P O Box 247 626-5474 (B)
Daphne, AL 36526 928-9047 (H)

Garland Sims, Special Projects


101 Laurel Street
Fairhope, AL 36532 928-6772

Melvin Long, Field Trips


P O Box 86
Foley, AL 36536 943-8392

Minnie Nonkes, Field Trips


102 Homestead Village Apt 22
Fairhope, AL 36532 928-0296

Celeste Hinds
11321 Marshall Lane
Fairhope, AL 35532 928-6526

EX-OFFICIO MEMBERS

Keith Carter
7362 Tara Drive N
Mobile, AL 36619 666-2506

Nancy Hora
416 LaBorde
Mobile, AL 36609 342-6824

Edith McClinton
170 N Lafayette Street
Mobile, AL 36604 432-4898

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officials estimate that about


703,000 people took part in
bird-watching in Alabama in
2001. The vast majority were
backyard bird-watchers–only
70,000 were out-of-state visitors–
but about 40 percent of all
watchers take trips to find birds.
Trips to zoos weren’t counted.
“We get large numbers of
birders throughout the year from
Birmingham and Nashville
areas,” said Dwight Cooley,
manager of the Wheeler Wildlife
Refuge near Decatur.
“There are a lot of birders
who are looking for new places to
go. They think nothing of driving
six, seven, 10 hours to an area for
good birding. Once they find an
area, something special brings within a six-hour drive one-way finished by spring 2005.
them back, like large numbers of from their home, averaging over James C. White of Decatur,
waterfowl,” Cooley said. 10 such trips each year. former president of the Tennessee
Fish & Wildlife officials Nationwide, with some 70 Valley chapter of the Audubon
admit it’s tricky to estimate how million bird-watchers, total Society, said his bird-watching
much a bird-watcher will spend spending for wildlife watching activities have taken him around
per trip. grew 41 percent from 1991 to the world. He expects the north
But money spent for binocu- 2001, the federal analysis says, Alabama trail will “dramatically
lars in a store or a sandwich in a with Alabama benefiting from the improve” bird-watching in the
restaurant on a trip has a ripple increase. area.
effect on the economy, the F&W This spring, for example, 16.8 “I’m sure it will attract a lot of
analysis of birding says. Prices for percent of vacationers visited the birding enthusiasts,” White said
binoculars and telescopes can Bon Secour Wildlife Refuge as in a recent telephone interview. “I
exceed $500. compared with 6.4 percent in could name a couple of hundred
They also buy field guides, 2001. In addition, activities birders in this local area.”
bird food, bird houses, camping involving wildlife observation grew The Conservation Depart-
gear and even boats and off-road from 10.3 percent to 17.2 percent ment contracted with Fermata
vehicles. for the same period, according to Inc., an Austin, Texas-based firm,
According to the analysis, a Gulf Shores visitors bureau to handle the new trail. The sites
typical nature tourist is about 52 estimates. will be organized in loops that
years old, about as likely to be a Officials at the Alabama require no more than a long
man as a woman, and have an Department of Conservation and weekend to view. Kiosks will be
individual median income of Natural Resources, pointing to built at each site, with informa-
nearly $62,000 a year. They are the economic success of a coastal tion on the birds.
well-educated people who birding trail, are completing the Fermata project manager
generally have completed at least North Alabama Birding Trail, Mary Jeanne Packer of Rutland,
four years of college. which will go through 12 coun- Vt., said equipment purchases for
They tend to take short ties. The project, with about 50 bird-watching, including SUV’s
trips–two nights and three days– sites, began Sept. 10 and could be
Continued on page 4

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Continued from page 3

and even motor homes, may not


Newsletter
Sasser said.
necessarily be bought in Alabama
but restaurants and motels profit On the coast, Jereme Phillips, Deadline
from the activity. a wildlife biologist at Bon Secour Any member is welcomed and
“One of our goals is to de- Wildlife Refuge in coastal Baldwin encouraged to submit articles for
velop more services directly tied to County, said “hard-core” birders the newsletter. I would be happy
the place and market those as part tend to know the best places to to include anything you think
of the overall nature tourism watch the migratory flights–and would be of interest to the
experience,” Pack said. Those that means Alabama’s coast. membership.
services include guides and sales of “This is one of the most Please send your articles for the
unique merchandise such as important stopover sites in the March/April issue to Delane
handcrafted furniture and pottery United States for tropical migra- Small by February 26.
made from local clay. tory birds,” said Phillips. Address:
Mark Sasser, the Conservation This flight path extends into 1 Fiesta Drive
Department’s coordinator of the Mobile and out to Dauphin Spanish Fort, AL 36527
$280,000 project funded by the Island as the birds come and go Email: dhs9700@bellsouth.net
US Fish and Wildlife Service and across the Gulf of Mexico as
local agencies, said the economic seasons change.
impact on the Tennessee Valley The Bon Secour refuge on
could be $30 million the first Fort Morgan Peninsula is on the
year. There are 3 million people Alabama Coastal Birding Trail and
living in cities that include in one of the giant circles for
Nashville, Knoxville and Atlanta, Audubon’s annual Christmas bird
within a six-hour drive of north count. Birds are counted–and
Alabama. some banded for identification–in
He said similar trail projects the circles each 15 miles in
have been successful in Texas, diameter or about 177 square
Arizona, and Lake Erie. miles. The count by volunteers
“No Alabama tax dollars are from Alabama to Venezuela
being spent on this project,” continues through Jan. 5.

Resolution 2003-29 was


passed on April 7 designating the
City of Daphne a bird sanctuary
and a sign was placed in the
Daphne Bayfront Park. Thank you
Mayor Harry Brown and the
Daphne City Council for this
positive effort and thank you
David Yeager and the Mobile Bay
National Estuary program for
funding the sign. Pictured
fromleft to right are Harry Brown,
David Yeager and John Borom.

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Help Scientists Track Birds in Your Community
The Great Backyard Bird whether you identify, count, and every time you see one at your
Count will be February 13-16, report the five species coming to feeder; you could be counting the
2004. It is hosted by the National your backyard feeder or the 75 same individual.
Audubon Society and Cornell species you see during a day’s Watch the birds for at least 15
Laboratory of Ornithology. outing to a wildlife refuge. Your minutes on each day that you
Now that winter has gripped bird list can help answer questions participate. We recommend
much of the continent, where are about the health of our bird watching for a little longer, so you
the birds? Bird populations are populations. can get a good sense of what birds
dynamic; they are constantly in Here is what you can do. are in your area. Enter your count
flux. Scientists want to take a Count the birds in your backyard, online at the Great Backyard Bird
“snapshot” of our North American local park, or other natural area on Count site (http://
bird populations, and you can any or all of the four count days. www.birdsource.org) and use your
help us do just that. In 2003 Watch your bird feeders or take a State Checklist to submit your
citizen scientists lie you submitted short walk in your neighborhood highest counts for that day. View
almost 50,000 checklists totaling or park. For each species of bird your results after you have entered
more than four million birds of that you see, record the highest your count for the day. Visit the
512 species. number of individuals that you Maproom and see results from
Everyone’s contribution is observe at any one time during across the continent.
important. It doesn’t matter your count. Don’t add a bird

A “Snapshot” of Last Year’s Great Backyard Bird


Count Findings
Last winter, as part of the Great Other species showed increases last Florida in the 1980’s, showed the
Backyard Bird count (GBBC), bird year during the GBBC. Participants in species spreading quickly
enthusiasts across North America the eastern United States counted northwestward. Last year’s maps
submitted almost 50,000 checklists more Dark-eyed Juncos than they had show no change, suggesting a
totaling more than four million birds since GBBC 2000, perhaps because of slowdown in the rate at which the
of 5123 species during the February the massive snowstorm that hit the bird’s range is spreading.
count. The event, one of the largest eastern seaboard during the weekend How will this winter compare to the
citizen-science projects in the world, of the count, driving birds to feeders last six? What will it reflect about
documented regional declines of the in high numbers. That same our bird populations? The
American Crow that may be the result snowstorm apparently held early participation of novice and expert
of West Nile virus in those regions. migrants like Red-winged Blackbird, bird watchers alike will help us
These crows were reported in Eastern Meadowlark and American answer these questions. We need
alarmingly fewer numbers in Illinois Woodcock father south, compared to every birder to participate with us.
and Ohio, where West Nile virus has previous years. “The Great Backyard Bird Count
had a strong presence, backing In the West, Mountain Bluebirds were has become an important means of
findings from the Christmas Bird reported father south than the year gathering data to help birds, but it
Count and Project Feeder Watch. Thisbefore, and all of the rosy-finches can’t happen unless people take
decrease may or may not be related to (Black, Gray-crowned, Brown-capped) part. Whether you’re a notice or an
West Nile, but the situation is were documented father north In expert, we need you to help us help
certainly something we need to pay previous years, GBBC maps of birds.”
attention to. Crows are particularly Eurasian Collared Doves introduced Chapter Networker, Volume VIII, No. 4,
vulnerable to the virus. in the Bahamas before reaching Winter 2003

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Methylmercury
Don’t dismiss warnings problems because of prenatal vested fish and seafood cannot be
concerning methylmercury mercury exposure. sold in this country if they
contamination in fish! This is Coal-burning power contain more than the FDA action
especially important if you’re a plants are a major source of limit of 1.0 part per million
woman between 14 and 44 years mercury emissions to the atmo- (ppm) of mercury. In recent
of age, have small children or are sphere. Prior to establishing new, years, the FDA has not tested for
pregnant, because methylmercury more stringent regulations for methylmercury in domestic or
exposure can potentially affect mercury emissions from coal- imported marine fish or other
mental abilities on a lifelong basis. burning power plants, the U.S. seafood. As a result, some states,
The U.S. Food and Drug Congress required EPA to conduct such as California, now require
Administration (FDA) and the an independent study of mercury grocery and seafood stores to post
U.S. EPA are recommending that toxicology. federal mercury warnings for fresh,
women from 14 to 44 years of age In July, 2000, the Na- frozen and canned seafood.
not eat more than 12 ounces of tional Research Council (NRC) of Methylmercury can cause
any fish or more than 6 ounces of the National Academy of Sciences sublethal effects in animals,
freshwater fish per week. For published a report entitled including impaired growth and
children age 12 and under, the “Toxicological Effects of Methylm- development, adverse effects on
limit is only 2 ounces. They also ercury”. This report concluded the cardiovascular system, reduced
recommend that no king mack- that EPA’s reference dose for reproductive success, liver and
erel, swordfish, shark or tilefish be methylmercury was scientifically kidney damage, and behavioral
eaten at all. justified for protection of public abnormalities. As a neurotoxin,
Methylmercury is a health. This reference dose is the methylmercury can cause de-
potent neurotoxin (poison) that basis for the recommended weekly creased motor skills, tremors, the
can cause birth defects, learning fish consumption rates. inability to walk, convulsions and
disabilities, blindness, paralysis, State health departments death. High methylmercury
loss of muscular control and currently list more than 2,500 levels may have contributed to the
death. Children of women who fish consumption advisories due to deaths of some Florida panthers,
consume fish and seafood contain- mercury contamination. Large- since panthers typically consume
ing methylmercury during mouth bass, bowfin, and chain large amounts of fish. Effects on
pregnancy may be at special risk pickerel contain high levels of plants include growth inhibition,
of brain and nerve damage. Such mercury in many states. However, decreased chlorophyll, and leaf
damage could result in neurologi- few people who eat fish from and root damage.
cal disorders such as attention methylmercury-contaminated Mercury is a natural
deficit disorder, language delay, waters are aware of such warnings, element which occurs in certain
and learning difficulties. and many people ignore the minerals. Bacteria can convert
Up to 10% of American warnings. elemental mercury to gaseous
women between 16 and 49 years What’s more, few adviso- methylmercury, which can be
old have mercury levels above EPA ries warn about the cumulative absorbed by other organisms.
guidelines, according to a March effects of eating contaminated fish. Methylmercury is then passed on
2001 report by the U.S. Depart- For instance, if someone ingests to small fish, larger fish and the
ment of Human Health and the reference dose by eating a many animals that feed on those
Services (Centers for Disease meal of large-mouth bass or a tuna fish, including man. As it passes
Control and Prevention). There sandwich, should that person up the food chain, methylmercury
are nearly six million such women. avoid eating any more fish of that is biomagnified at each successive
Such women give birth annually type that might contain mercury? level, resulting in concentrations
to 370,000 babies that are at There is a general miscon- in top predators that can be
potential risk of developmental ception that commercially har- several million times the initial

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concentrations in water or An expert panel on mercury manmade mercury emissions,
sediments. For wildlife and and atmospheric processes concluded reduction of mercury-containing
humans, the primary source of that if all mercury releases were emissions would be necessary for
methylmercury exposure is stopped today, it could take 50 years reducing atmospheric mercury.
consumption of fish. for methylmercury levels in fish to State legislatures in 13
The amount of mercury return to pre-industrial levels. states, primarily in the Northeast,
in the atmosphere is estimated to Skinning, filleting and trimming the and the U.S. Congress are currently
have increased as much as ten-fold fat from fish does not significantly considering bills that would
since the beginning of the indus- reduce the mercury concentration, eliminate or reduce mercury in
trial revolution. This increase has nor is mercury removed in the products such as thermometers,
occurred worldwide and is due cooking process. In fact, mercury electrical switches, and dental
largely to burning of fossil fuels. concentrations are higher in fish after amalgams. The health and environ-
Of the estimated 158 tons of cooking, because cooking removes mental threats posed by methylm-
mercury emitted annually into the moisture. ercury will only be reduced through
atmosphere by human activities in For women of child-bearing public education, use of new
the U.S., approximately 87% age and young children, the most technologies and stricter regulations
comes from point combustion important thing to be aware of is not regarding air pollution.
sources, primarily coal burning to consume more than the recom- Alabama fish consumption
power plants. Electrical power mended amounts of the fish listed on advisories can be obtained from the
plants built in the 1940s to 1970s the fish consumption advisories. Alabama Department of Public
are the largest industrial source of Currently, there is no Health Division of Epidemiology
mercury emitted into the atmo- effective national education campaign Risk Assessment and Toxicology
sphere. The Clean Air Act, passed that focuses on realistically evaluating Branch, P. O. Box 303017, Mont-
by Congress in 1970 and the dangers of consuming freshwater gomery, AL 36130. Their website
amended in 1977 and 1990, and marine fish and seafood. Since is www.adph.org.
exempts such older plants from coal-fired electrical power plants are
new air pollution standards. the largest known source of

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New Members
Welcome to the Mobile Bay Audubon Society, the local chapter of the National Audubon Society. We thank you for
your support. A few facts about our chapter: Monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Tuesday from September thru
May at 7:30 PM alternately in Fairhope and Mobile (See calendar for details of programs and locations.) Programs
of interest are planned for each meeting and field trips are scheduled regularly. We are a non-profit organization–all
donations are tax deductible. A list of officers is listed in the newsletter; feel free to call any of them for information.
Join us as often as you can–we want to get to know you.
Ottilie Halstead, Membership Chairman

Bay Minette Mobile Semmes


Elizabeth Wills Julie Bassett Edward J Nicholas
Daphne Judy P Childers Theodore
Joe-Sarah Guin Barbara Ensminger Cindy L Mills
Fairhope Linda Harwell Alan Stabler
Connie Kreves H F Mahan Renee Vickery
Joe English Judith Pierce Transfer into Chapter
Betty G Jones William Rowell Walter Rosene Jr.
Elizabeth Tate Charlotte Stephens Mary-Warren chivers
T Yeager Orange Beach Charles W Hayes
Gulf Shores Judith L Smith Linda A Maurer
John Teipel Robertsdale Charles Desroches
Lillian Eloise Pope
Mr.-Mrs. Laurene Michie

The Christmas party/


meeting held at the
Government Street Baptist
Chrurch was once again a
great success thanks to the
very entertaining presenta-
tion of Beverly and John
Winn. They shared some
of their photos taken on a
recent birding trip to
Japan.
Coupled with the great
finger foods provided by
the members, the meeting
was one of the best yet!

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Birds Are Where You Find Them
By Celeste Hinds

Several years ago we flew to luck. We ate a soggy sandwich


southeast Arizona in search of the and picked cactus spines from
Red-faced Warbler Cardellina our ankles and dreamed about
rubrifons. There we joined a air conditioning. To make a long
group and boarded a bus to story short – I finally got a
about 20 miles southwest of glimpse of the elusive warbler. If
Patagonia. After that we took someone hadn’t told me what it
another bus (this one a real old was I would never have known
jalop) with no air conditioning. for I didn’t see any red on the
The drive was several hours over face. Nevertheless after all the
boulders and cacti and I won- turmoil I noted it as a lifer.
dered if the silly bird was worth Last month we were in San
it. Miguel Allende, Mexico and
Finally the bus stopped and guess what was the first bird I
we hiked for a mile or two across saw in Parque Juarez – you
the desert to a stand of pines guessed it. There it sat, plain as
where we suffered cacti and day, only a few feet from me. As
breathed the dust until I thought I watched several Red-faced
my lungs were full of debris. Warblers among the scrubby
Another mile or two of tip- pines I remembered that awful
toeing brought us to a dry creek day in Arizona!
bed where we sat still and didn’t Birds are where you find
speak for half an hour – waiting them.
for the Red-faced to appear. No

The Birds Are were visible. The week prior when


we visited Maeher Park and Pinto
Tardy Pass the ever-present Gadwalls were
absent. A few American Coots and
By Celeste Hinds an assortment of herons and egrets
were there, but not in the numbers
Today is December 15 and ordinarily seen in December.
only two Goldfinches are enjoy- At first I thought there had not
ing breakfast at my feeder. A been enough cold weather up
couple of White-throated Spar- north to drive them down. But the
rows finally arrived yesterday and resident Cardinals and Blue Jays
are scratching on the ground. were also scarce. Woodpeckers
Usually by mid December the were not interested in my suet or
feeders are alive with little seed peanut butter offerings.
eaters and there is often a blanket This fall I’ve only seen a few
of White-throateds on the Yellow Rumps whereas I would
ground. normally expect a dozen around
On December 10 our birding the wooded areas at our pond.
class went to Gulf areas where we Have the birds gone to Florida
usually see Red-breasted and or South Texas? Has disease taken a
Hooded Mergansers, but none toll? What’s up?

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The following are from Bird questions, get a copy of The Backyard hawk put our bird out of its
Watcher’s Digest, taken from their Bird Watcher’s Answer Guide. misery. You may try screening, or
section of frequently asked questions plastic wrap on the outside surfaces
concerning window strikes: 3. We have a female cardinal that has of the window. Remove any
declared war on our house. She starts perches from which the bird can
1. How can I keep birds from flying whacking herself into our windows see itself in the windows. And
into my windows? at 6 a.m. and will not quit until the continue to harass the bird to try
A. Silhouettes of flying hawks or sun goes down. How long can I to shock it out of its pattern of
falcons do work, but they perform expect this behavior to last? territoriality. (Spraying the bird
best when applied on the outside of A: The behavior will last through the with the garden hose may work,
the glass. Hanging ornaments such breeding season. In some individuals and rubber snakes hung by the
as wind chimes, wind socks, and it may go on year-round, for years! windows sometimes do the trick.)
potted plants also help. Misting the It’s a territorial reason to seeing an If all else fails, call you local wildlife
outside of the window with a very intruder on her “turf.” Covering the officials and ask them to come out
weak detergent of soda solution will windows with screens will help, but and remove the bird for you. It’s
eliminate the reflection but will also when we had the same problem a drastic, but it will end the problem
impair visibility for you. Awnings, few years ago, the bird just moved to for good.
eave extensions, and window screens another window. A sharp-shinned http://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/faq/
will eliminate all reflection and stop strikes_answers.html
the collision problem. Plastic cling
wrap applied to the inside or Season’s Tweetings
outside of the window can also be
effective. One of the most effective
solutions we have found is Feather
Guard.

2. Every spring and summer we


have a family of bluebirds nesting in
our yard, and every year these
bluebirds exhibit the same peculiar
behavior: They fly from window to
window, butting their heads against
the glass while looking into the
house. Can you explain this behav-
ior?
A: Your birds are fighting their
reflections in the windows, thinking
that the reflection is a rival bird.
One of the solutions we use is to
place screens over the outside of the
window. Plastic wrap stuck to the
outside will als9o work—anything
that will break up the reflection will
do. We have also offered our
bluebirds places to perch, such as
snags and posts, far from our
windows. Bluebirds love a perch in
the middle of a lawn or field. This
has worked to distract the birds
from our windows. For answers to
the most commonly asked bird
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Calendar
JANUARY
13 Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
General Meeting. “The Challenges of Bird Migration” presented by Eric Soehren, terrestrial
zoologist, Natural Heritage Section, State Lands Division, ADCNR. 7:30 p.m. Faulkner State
Community College Fairhope Campus, Centennial Hall. Bring a friend.
24 Field trip to the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Meet under the live oaks at the Pine Beach
trail head which is located on the south side of the Fort Morgan Road (Hwy 180) at the 11-mile
marker. 8:30 a.m.-noon. Bring a friend.
27 Free Natural History Film. “In Search of the Albino” presented by wildlife photographer/narrator
Tom Sterling. 7:30 p.m. Faulkner State Community College Fairhope Campus, Centennial Hall.
Bring a friend.
FEBRUARY
10 Board Meeting 6:30 p.m.
General Meeting “Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Southeast Jackson County
Mississippi” presented by Dave Ruple, Reserve Manger, Mississippi Department of Marine
Resources. 7:30 p.m. Government Street Baptist Church in Mobile. Bring a friend.
21 Field trip to the 18,400-acre Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. If you are coming
from Baldwin County, meet at the ADCNR Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries office parking lot on
the causeway at 8:00 a.m. If you are coming from Mobile County, meet at the Chevron Station at
Exit 4 off I-10 at 8:30 a.m. Bring a friend.
MARCH
9 Board Meeting 6:30pm
General Meeting 7:30pm. “The Alabama Breeding Bird Atlas—fun, science and Conservation
presented by Rick West. Faulkner State Community College Fairhope Campus, Centennial Hall.
7:30 p.m. To learn more about the breeding bird atlas project log on to www.bham.net/aos/bba.
APRIL
3-17 Hummer Bird Study Group spring banding at Fort Morgan. A flood of
neotropical migrants in their finest breeding plumage! For more
information, call Bob Sargent at 204-681-2888.
13 Board Meeting 6:30pm
General Meeting 7:30pm. “Watersheds and Water Quality” presented by Jody Scanlan,
environmental extension assistant. Auburn Marine Extension and Research Center. Government
Street Baptist Church in Mobile. 7:30 p.m.
15-18 The Great Louisiana BirdFest, an event of the Northlake Nature Center,
Mandeville, Louisiana. For more information log on to
www.northlakenature.org/BirdFest2004.
16-18 Alabama Ornithological Society spring meeting at Dauphin Island, 6:00 a.m. Friday until noon
Sunday. For more information, call John Porter at 251-861-2120.
MAY
11 General Meeting 7:30pm
Regular Meeting 7:30pm. “All You Ever Wanted to Know About Hummingbirds but Didn’t
Know Who to Ask,” presented by Fred Bassett, a Master Bird bander withthe Hummer Bird Study
Group. Faulkner State Community College Fairhope Campus, Centennial Hall. 7:30 p.m.
14 Field trip to Gaillard Island in Mobile Bay to observe nesting Brown Pelicans as well as gulls
and terns. Meet at Beachcomber Dry Dock and Marine Supply at Dog River in Mobile County.
Going south take the first left at Dog River Bridge. There will be a $15 per person free. Limit 20
people. 9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m. For reservations call John Borom at 251-990-0423.

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As a member, you’ll become an important part of our dynamic chapter and receive a host of benefits including:
♦ A 1-year subscription (6 bi-monthly issues) of our chapter newsletter.
♦ Automatic membership in National Audubon Society, and a 1-year subscription (4 issues, one per quarter) of
Audubon, its award-winning magazine;
♦ Admission to Audubon Centers across the country
♦ A 10% discount on products at select Audubon Nature Stores, and more!

Yes! I want to join Mobile Bay Audubon and National Audubon Society!

$20 – 1 year Introductory Rate


$15 – 1 year Student/Senior Rate $1,000 – Individual Life Membership
$30 – 2 year Special Rate $1,500 – Dual Life Membership
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“Any society which does not insist upon respect for all life must necessarily decay,” Albert Einstein

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