ATLANTA BIRD FEST FIELD TRIPS & WORKSHOPS

 

April 15 to May 14, 2017

 

Thank You to all of our Atlanta Bird Fest 2017 sponsors, participants, volunteers, and event partners! Check back for more information about Atlanta Bird Fest 2018.

 

 

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Your participation in Atlanta Bird Fest 2017 supports Atlanta Audubon’s work to protect Georgia’s birds and their habitats through education, conservation, and advocacy. Thank you!

 

Saturday, April 15

 

Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Cochran Shoals Unit with Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Chris Wood

7:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Trip Leader: Chris Wood 

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Moderate

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be placed on the wait list.

 

Description: Join Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Chris Wood as he guest leads a bird walk at the Cochran Shoals Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. As one of metro-Atlanta’s key spring migration hotspots, we expect to find 50+ species on this trip, including all of Georgia’s woodpeckers except Red-cockaded; migrating spring warblers such as Connecticut, Northern and Louisiana Waterthrush, Worm-eating, Tennessee, Black-throated Green, Chestnut-sided and more; an array of raptors including Osprey and Bald Eagle; Indigo Bunting; and more. Please note: There is a $3/vehicle daily parking fee or you can display your CRNRA annual parking pass. The parking fee is NOT included in your registration.

 

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Brunch with Chris Wood of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Tupelo Honey Cafe

11:30 AM to 1:00 PM 

Location: Tupelo Honey Cafe, 4600 Roswell Road, Bldg C, Ste 110, Sandy Springs, GA 30342

Limited to 10 people

Cost: $30/person

 

This event is now full. Please register below to add your name to the wait list.

 

Description: Help us welcome Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Chris Wood with some good ol' Southern charm with a brunch at the new Atlanta location of the famed Tupelo Honey Cafe. Chris is the Assistant Director of Information Science at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology where he works on a variety of projects including eBird, Birds of North America, and Neotropical Birds. He is widely recognized as a leading authority on bird identification and distribution and has written and consulted on various books, popular literature and scientific literature on birds. These activities are all built around Chris’s primary interest--developing ways to connect birders with researchers and the conservation community to better understand and conserve birds and their ecosystems. Last year, Chris led the Cornell Lab's Big Day challenge team, Team Sapsucker, to a Big Day record in the state of Colorado. This small brunch will be led by Atlanta Audubon's Executive Director, Nikki Belmonte, and you will have the opportunity to talk to Chris and Nikki about both organizations' work on bird conservation issues and more. Tupelo Honey Cafe serves responsibly-sourced, scratch-made Southern fare. Your fee covers choice of an entree and non-alcoholic beverages.

 

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Open House featuring Chris Wood of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, National Audubon’s Photography Awards Exhibit, Student Art Show, and More

11:00 AM to 2:30 PM 

Location: Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342

Cost: Free, but registration requested

Difficulty Level: Easy, with some uneven terrain on the trails

 

Description: Drop in for family-friendly activities at our office headquarters at Blue Heron Nature Preserve, one of the last remaining wild green spaces in Buckhead. This event is free to the public, but we ask that you register below to help us with our planning.

 

Open House Schedule of Events

 

11:00 AM to 1:30 PM --  Join us to admire student-submitted artwork (grades 3-5) featuring resident and migratory Georgia birds at our Student Art Show. Student participants may be on hand to speak about their artwork.

 

11:15 AM to 12:15 PM – Guided Bird Walk (meet in the lobby); bring your own binoculars or borrow a pair from us

 

12:00 and 1:00 PM -- Guided tours of The Amphibian Foundation's conservation labs. Take a look behind-the-scenes at the important work this organization is doing to safeguard threatened and endangered amphibians.

 

1:30 PM to 2:30 PM – Meet and greet with Chris Wood. Chris is Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Assistant Director of Information Science, where he works on a number of projects including eBird, Birds of North America, and Neotropical Birds. 

 

Ongoing, 11:00 AM to 2:30 PM: 

 

•Atlanta Audubon hosts the National Audubon’s 2016 Photography Awards traveling exhibit from March 23 through April 15. Picked from more than 7,000 entries, this exhibit features 12 of the winning selections. 

 

•Meet and greet with The Amphibian Foundation's education animals. Combining education, research, and conservation, the Amphibian Foundation is doing vital work to save Georgia’s most imperiled amphibians and to educate the public about their importance.

 

•Ever wonder what owls and other raptors eat? Learn about the eating habits of birds of prey during a hands-on Owl Pellet Dissection as we explore the indigestible material that is too dangerous to pass through these birds’ digestive tracts. We’ll look for feathers, bones, teeth, and other fun bits to help identify prey species.

 

•Live education Ambassador Animals from AWARE Wildlife Center. AWARE Wildlife Center is the region’s largest wildlife rehabilitation and public education center. Stop by to visit with several of their non-releasable wildlife ambassadors, which may include owls, hawks, reptiles, and more.

 

•Tour the trails of Blue Heron Nature Preserve on your own and search for items on our Nature Scavenger Hunt. Pick up a scavenger hunt checklist from any table.

 

•Perk up and help conserve Wood Thrush habitat with a complimentary cup of Atlanta Audubon’s signature blend of Café Campesino shade-grown coffee.

 

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Newman Wetlands Center: Treatment Wetlands and Wetlands Center 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Trip Leader: Danielle Bunch and Anne McCallum

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Moderate

 

Only 1 spot remains!

 

Description: Newman Wetlands Center’s Senior Conservationist, Danielle Bunch, will guide us on a tour of the restricted-access Treatment Wetlands area (carpooling will be necessary to the treatment wetlands). Participants may observe lingering and resident waterfowl such as Wood Duck, Gadwall, Blue-winged Teal, Ring-necked Duck, and more; raptors; woodpeckers; and potentially rail species, Bobolink, and swallow species. After our private tour of the treatment wetlands, we’ll check out the ½-mile trail at the Wetlands Center, where we will have the opportunity to find many spring migrants, including warbler species such as Cape May, Black-throated Green, Blackburnian, Kentucky, Black-and-white, and Orange-crowned; lingering sparrows; and migrating vireos. The Newman Wetlands Center (NWC) is the focal point of the Clayton County Water Authority’s community education efforts. NWC provides lessons and interpretive experiences on wetlands ecology, conservation, and watershed protection.

 

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Saturday, April 22

 

Birds & Brunch at Serenbe (Trip 1 of 2) 

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Trip Leaders: Nathan Farnau & Adam Betuel

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $50/person

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult, several miles of walking on uneven terrain over 4 hours

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be placed on the wait list.

 

Description: Enjoy a spring morning of birding along the private trails of Serenbe, a planned community focused on sustainable agriculture, arts, and well-being located in south Fulton County. Trails meander through a mix of habitat, including pine and hardwood forests, open meadows, and shrub/scrub. Last year’s two visits to Serenbe yielded species counts of 60+ each day, including many warblers such as Kentucky, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Yellow, Hooded, Black-throated Green, and more; tanagers, flycatchers, grosbeaks, and more. Following the morning of birding, participants will enjoy brunch at The Hil restaurant. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of this trip.  

 

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Workshop: Building Your Wildlife Sanctuary 

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Workshop Leader: Ellen Honeycutt

Limited to 16 Participants

Location: Atlanta Audubon classroom at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Easy, classroom setting

 

This workshop is now full. Please register below to be placed on the wait list.

 

Description: Do you enjoy attracting birds and other beneficial wildlife to your yard? Do you know which types of plants will attract hummingbirds or which plants are the top producers of fruits for other birds? Do you have invasive plants you want to rid from your yard? Join Ellen Honeycutt from the Georgia Native Plant Society for this workshop on how to create a Wildlife Sanctuary on your own property. You’ll learn which plants give the biggest bang for your buck in terms of food production, shelter, and nesting sites and which plants you may want to avoid. Learn how to manage your Wildlife Sanctuary without the use of harmful pesticides and herbicides and where to go within north Georgia to source native plants for your own landscaping needs. Stay after the workshop for Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Native Plant Sale to begin selecting plants for your own yard.

 

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Native Plant Sale Presented by Blue Heron Nature Preserve 

11:00 AM to 2:00 PM 

Location: Blue Heron Nature Preserve, 4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA 30342

Cost: Free to attend; plant prices will vary

 

Description: Join Blue Heron Nature Preserve for their Spring Native Plant Sale, offering several varieties of native plants from local nurseries. According to National Audubon Society, restoring native plant habitat is vital to preserving biodiversity. By creating a native plant garden, each patch of habitat becomes part of a collective effort to nurture and sustain the living landscape for birds and other animals. In addition, native plants generally require less maintenance over time. Plant species available for purchase will be dependent on the success of the growing season. 

 

 

An Evening with Author David Haskell: The Songs of Trees Book Reading & Signing 

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Location: Chattahoochee Nature Center, 9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075

Limited to 65 Participants

Cost: $10/person for Atlanta Audubon or Chattahoochee Nature Center members; $15/person for non-members

 

This event is now full. Please register below to be added to the wait list.

 

Description: Join author David Haskell as he reads excerpts from his new book, The Songs of Trees.  This new book shares Haskell’s experience as he repeatedly visits a dozen trees around the world, exploring the trees’ connections with webs of fungi, bacterial communities, cooperative and destructive animals, and other plants. An Amazonian ceibo tree reveals the rich ecological turmoil of the tropical forest, along with threats from expanding oil fields. Thousands of miles away, the roots of a balsam fir in Canada survive in poor soil only with the help of fungal partners. These links are nearly two billion years old: the fir’s roots cling to rocks containing fossils of the first networked cells. Every living being is not only sustained by biological connections, but is made from these relationships. Haskell shows that this networked view of life enriches our understanding of biology, human nature, and ethics. When we listen to trees, nature’s great connectors, we learn how to inhabit the relationships that give life its source, substance, and beauty. David Haskell is also the author of the award-winning and Pulitzer Prize finalist The Forest Unseen. Copies of The Songs of Trees will be available for purchase. 

 

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Sunday, April 23

 

Wings & Wildflowers at Sweetwater Creek State Park

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Trip Leaders: Malcolm Hodges and Vinod Babu

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Moderate, slow pace with some steep slopes

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to add your name to the waiting list. 

 

Description: This walk will include portions of the White and Red trails at Sweetwater Creek State Park, approximately 1.5-2 miles long, depending on pace and side-tracking. We will walk through moist hardwood forests, some with rich cove, north-aspect affinities, and also some dryer pine/oak/hickory forests near the tops of bluffs, hoping to see some of the wildflowers, shrubs and trees associated with these Piedmont forest types. Original forests at Sweetwater Creek State Park varied widely from frequently-burned montane longleaf pine/oak to rich streamside moist forest, but human disturbance in the 19th and 20th centuries was heavy, with mills, development, small-scale agriculture, and fire suppression; thus, forest biodiversity is a subset of its original abundance. Birds to be expected in spring include a typical suite of resident birds of forest, creek and lake, spiced with a few neotropical migrants if we’re lucky. For photographers, in addition to small wonders, views will include the Manchester Mill ruins, rocky rapids along Sweetwater Creek, and views of natural forests across and down the creek. Hodges can also interpret the lichens present, if any are curious. The hike will begin at 8:00 AM at the park Visitors’ Center, and conclude around lunchtime with a BYOL picnic beside the lake. There is a $5.00 parking fee per vehicle, or display your annual park pass (available for purchase in the Center).

 

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Workshop: ID Yourself – Difficult Bird IDs, Spring Edition

10:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Workshop Leader: Adam Betuel 

Limited to 16 Participants

Location: Atlanta Audubon classroom at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Cost: $20/person

Difficulty Level: Easy, classroom setting

 

Description: Join Conservation Director Adam Betuel as he walks you through some of the most difficult identification challenges of our local and migratory spring birds. Are you having a hard time working through your spring warblers? Is that a Broad-winged, Red-Shouldered, or Red-tailed Hawk soaring above you? Need some help with your swallows or flycatchers? If these tricky bird ID challenges still puzzle you, then this workshop is for you.

 

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Workshop: Improve Your Birding with eBird

1:00 PM to 3:00 PM 

Workshop Leader: Adam Betuel

Limited to 16 Participants

Location: Atlanta Audubon classroom at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Cost: $20/person

Difficulty Level: Easy, classroom setting

 

Description: Do you keep track of the birds you see? Did you know this information can be used by scientists to inform conservation decisions that benefit birds and people? Join Adam Betuel, Atlanta Audubon’s Director of Conservation, for a hands-on workshop to guide you through the various uses of eBird.org, the free online checklist program that is revolutionizing the way information about birds is collected and shared. No prior experience needed.

 

In this workshop you will learn to:

•Keep track of the birds you see (and see more birds!)

•Use eBird to figure out where to look for certain species or plan birding trips

•Share checklists with friends

•Explore interactive range maps, migration patterns, occurrence data, and more

•Understand how eBird data is being used by scientists and the conservation community

 

To get the most out of the workshop, participants are asked to visit www.ebird.org and create a free eBird account before attending this class. Participants with smart phones can also download the free eBird app. 

 

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April Monthly Meeting at Manuel's Tavern

3:30 PM to 5:30 PM 

Location: Manuel's Tavern, 602 Highland Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307

Cost: Free to attend, no registration necessary

 

Description:  Jim Ferrari, Professor of Biology at Wesleyan College in Macon, GA, will join us for our April Monthly Meeting to discuss "Seasonality and Flight Behavior of Vultures in Georgia." Vultures play an important role in Georgia ecosystems as they consume roadkill, recycle elements, and suppress the spread of disease. In this talk, Jim will address a number of questions: what kinds of vultures do we have in Georgia? Do they migrate, and if so, when? What are the social dynamics of our two vulture species, and how is this reflected in their flocking and flight behavior? Join us for this social and casual afternoon talk.

 


 

 

Tuesday, April 25

 

Woodpecker Wonderland: An Evening with Author and Woodpecker Conservationist Steve Shunk at Eagle Eye Bookshop 

7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Location: Eagle Eye Bookshop, 2076 N Decatur Road, Decatur, GA 30033

Cost: Free, but registration requested

 

Description: Woodpeckers have fascinated Steve Shunk for two decades. His woodpecker research began in 1997 on the east slope of Oregon’s Cascade Mountains and quickly expanded across the continent. Steve has coordinated bird surveys for various agencies and organizations in Oregon and California, including research on the Black-backed woodpecker with the Institute for Bird Populations. He has also worked with the Cavity Conservation Initiative and taught workshops for the Mono Lake Committee. He resides in central Oregon on the east slope of the Cascades– which happens to have the highest concentration of nesting woodpeckers – 11 species – to be found in North America. Steve will be presenting his work on woodpeckers at this evening event along with his recently-published Peterson Reference Guide to Woodpeckers of North America. Light refreshments will be provided courtesy of Eagle Eye Bookshop. Copies of his book will be available for purchase. This event is free to attend, but please register so that you receive all communications regarding the event.

 

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Saturday, April 29

 

Birds & Brunch at Serenbe (Trip 2 of 2)

8:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Trip Leaders: Vinod Babu & Gus Kaufman

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $50/person

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult, several miles of walking on uneven terrain over 4 hours

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be placed on the wait list.

 

Description: Enjoy a spring morning of birding along the private trails of Serenbe, a planned community focused on sustainable agriculture, arts, and well-being located in south Fulton County. Trails meander through a mix of habitat, including pine and hardwood forests, open meadows, and shrub/scrub. Last year’s two visits to Serenbe yielded species counts of 60+ each day, including many warblers such as Kentucky, Louisiana Waterthrush, Black-and-white, Northern Parula, Blackpoll, Yellow, Hooded, Black-throated Green, and more; tanagers, flycatchers, grosbeaks, and more. Following the morning of birding, participants will enjoy brunch at The Hil restaurant. Food and non-alcoholic beverages are included in the price of this trip.  

 

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Northeast Georgia Specialties: Grouse, Ravens, Warblers, and More

7:00 AM to 3:00 PM 

Trip Leaders: Bill Lotz and Dan Vickers

Limited to 14 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Moderate, ample driving

 

Only 6 spots remain!

 

Description: Northeast Georgia birding offers the opportunity for several species that you likely won’t find anywhere else in the state. Need Ruffed Grouse, Common Raven, or Cerulean Warbler for your state list? This trip will hit several northeast Georgia hotspots for these species, including Ivy Log Gap, Gumlog Road, and Brasstown Bald (the highest spot in Georgia). The group will stop for lunch in Blairsville following morning birding at Ivy Log Gap and Gumlog Road. The afternoon will be spent exploring Brasstown Bald. Note: Carpooling will be necessary with 3-4 high clearance vehicles. The cost of lunch and entrance fees ($5 per person) at Brasstown Bald are NOT covered in the trip fee.

 

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Workshop: Introduction to Bird Photography

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Workshop Leader: Eric Bowles

Limited to 15 participants

Location: Atlanta Audubon classroom at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Cost: $50/person

Difficulty: Easy, classroom setting with easy wooded trail walking

 

Only 2 spots remain!

 

Description: Whether you are using a compact camera, a phone, or a DSLR camera, you still want to create good bird photographs. How can you use your camera and make better photos? You don't need expensive gear to make good bird photos. In this workshop, you'll receive tips, suggestions, and answers to help you make better photos with your camera. We'll talk about equipment and its limitations, exposure settings, focus, and basics of bird composition. Then, time and weather permitting, we'll head outside for a short walk and hopefully some photography to practice what you've learned. Professional nature photographer Eric Bowles will lead this half-day class for beginner to intermediate photographers.

 

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Workshop: Intermediate to Advanced Bird Photography Tips and Techniques

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM 

Workshop Leader: Eric Bowles

Limited to 15 participants

Location: Atlanta Audubon classroom at Blue Heron Nature Preserve

Cost: $50/person

Difficulty: Easy, classroom setting with easy wooded trail walking

 

This workshop is now full. Please register below to be added to the wait list.

 

Description:  You've got a good camera but your bird photographs are not quite as good as you'd like. What makes a great bird photo? How do you make better bird photos? How do you make images of difficult subjects such as birds in flight or songbirds in a wooded area? How do the situations affect your choice of camera settings? We'll answer all these questions and provide tips and techniques to help you make better bird photographs. Then, time and weather permitting, we'll go out in the field to hopefully practice what we've learned in the class. Professional nature photographer Eric Bowles will lead this half-day class for intermediate and advanced photographers.

 

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Sunday, April 30

 

Rolling Meadows Family Farm 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Trip Leaders: Richard Candler and Adam Betuel

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty: Moderate, 2-3 miles walking 

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be added to the wait list.

 

Description: Rolling Meadows Farm is a private, family-owned farm of over 900 acres located in Coweta County. It boasts a diversity of habitats, including grasslands, mature hardwood forest, open pineywoods, and several creeks and ponds. Farm resident Richard Candler will lead the group around the farm in search of singing Grasshopper Sparrows; summer breeding warblers such as Kentucky, Prothonotary, and Hooded; American Kestrel; resident waterfowl; and several other species. Richard will also show us an active Bald Eagle nest on the property and discuss his family’s use of sustainable land management practices.

 

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Nocturnal Birds at Pine Log WMA

5:15 AM to 10:00 AM 

Trip Leaders: Shannon Fair and Iris Schumacher

Limited to 14 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Only 2 spots remain!

 

Description: Early risers will be rewarded with a cacophony of nocturnal bird calls from species such as Eastern Whip-poor-wills, Chuck-will’s-widows, Barred Owls, Great Horned Owls, and Eastern Screech Owls. As day breaks, we’ll be treated to the dawn chorus of dozens of breeding and migratory warblers, vireos, flycatchers, and more. Carpooling at Pine Log is preferred. The group will meet at Pine Log WMA to begin birding at 5:15 AM; please factor in your driving time to Pine Log.

 

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Spring Migration at Kennesaw Battlefield National Park

8:00 AM to 11:00 AM 

Trip Leader: Bob & Deb Zaremba

Cost: Free, but registration requested

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult with approximately 3 miles of walking up the mountain

 

Description: Kennesaw Battlefield National Park is a well-known migratory hotspot, attracting large numbers of migrating warblers and other species each spring. We will begin our birding at the Visitors Center and then make our way up the mountain road to the top. You can expect to see tanagers; warblers such as Hooded, Blackpoll, Black-and-White, and Black-throated Green; vireos; raptors; resident woodpeckers. This location also offers the chance to observe Cerulean Warbler on occasion. This event is free to attend, but please register so that you receive all communications regarding this event.

 

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Thursday, May 4

 

Thirsty Thursday: Atlanta Audubon at Three Taverns Brewery

5:30 PM to 9:00 PM 

Location: Three Taverns Brewery, 121 New Street, Decatur, GA 30030

Cost: $14/person ($2 per tour will be donated to Atlanta Audubon Society)

 

 

Description: Atlanta Audubon Society is the nonprofit beneficiary for Three Taverns Brewery’s Give Back Thursdays on Thursday, May 4. Each tour includes up to 36 ounces of beer samples and a souvenir glass. Grab a pal or two and come see us for a fun, casual evening of brews and birds. Note: Please purchase your brewery tour onsite when you arrive at Three Taverns Brewery. If you would like to make an additional donation to support Atlanta Audubon, you may do so at the brewery or at www.atlantaaudubon.org/donate

 


 

Saturday, May 6

 

Wine & Warblers in North Georgia

8:00 AM to 3:30 PM

Trip Leaders: Bill Lotz and Jess Searcy

Limited to 15 participants

Cost: $60/person

Difficulty: Moderate

 

Only 6 spots remain!

 

Description: Spend a day in the idyllic North Georgia mountains with a morning of birding in the restricted conservation area of Smithgall Woods, followed by lunch and wine tasting at Cottage Vineyards, and then a final stop at Yonah Mountain Vineyards for a final wine tasting. Birds seen in recent years in the area include migrating spring warblers such as Black-throated Blue, Blackpoll, Chestnut-sided, and Canada; Wild Turkey; and Yellow-billed Cuckoo. 

 

Event Note: Guests must provide their own transportation. The group will meet at Smithgall Woods and caravan to Cottage Vineyards and Yonah Mountain Vineyards for the wine tastings.

 

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Atlanta History Center & Swan House

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Trip Leader: TBD

Limited to 20 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty: Easy to moderate

 

Description: Located on 33 acres in downtown Buckhead, the Atlanta History Center offers the opportunity to see many spring migrants and residents such as warblers (including Cerulean, Prairie, and Northern Parula), woodpeckers, raptors, thrushes, flycatchers, vireos, sparrows, and other passerines. Following a guided bird walk through the trails of Atlanta History Center, the group will get a private tour of the Swan House. Built in 1928, the Swan House was designed by noted Atlanta architect Philip Trammel Schutze. Schutze's clients were the Inmans, but it's called the "Swan House" rather than the "Inman" house due to the swan motif in the interior decoration. In fact, there is at least one swan in every room at the house -- can you find them? Also of interest to birdwatchers is the wallpaper in the formal dining room, which depicts a variety of species of fowl.

 

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Yellow-crowned Night-Herons (and more!) at Constitution Lakes Park

8:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Trip Leaders: Joy Carter and Jay Davis

Limited to 20 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty: Moderate to Difficult, with approximately 4-miles walking

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be added to the wait list.

 

Description:  An urban nature preserve, this park was once the site of a 19th-century brick company. The excavation pits, now filled with water, offer habitat suitable for many different kinds of wildlife. We will look for Spring migrants and birds that have just arrived to breed. The site consists of open water, wetlands, and woodlands. Several species should be back nesting here, including Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, Common Yellowthroat, Belted Kingfisher, and Wood Duck. We will also see Vireos, Kinglets, several species of warblers, Gnatcatchers, Herons, Egrets, Woodpeckers, Towhees, and Solitary Sandpiper. Kinglets, Vireos, and Nuthatches frequent the Doll's Head Trail -- a unique and quirky "art trail" that will be part of our route. A new boardwalk offeres easy access to the wetlands and great views of herons and the occasional shorebird. We will also explore "the other side of the tracks" -- the less-visited back side of the park -- to look for Ducks, Swallows, Cuckoos, Sparrows, and Hawks. The total walking distance is about 4 miles.

 

 

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Sunday, May 7

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tour of Zoo Atlanta’s Avian Collection 

11:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Trip Leader: Zoo Atlanta Staff

Limited to 10 Participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty: Easy to Moderate, walking on hard surfaces, potentially some steps

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be placed on the wait list.

 

Description: Enjoy a behind the scenes tour of Zoo Atlanta's avian collection with a member of the bird program staff. You'll learn about Zoo Atlanta's many conservation programs and get the insider's scoop on fascinating birds such as the Kori Bustard, Ground Hornbills, Cassowary, Chilean Flamingo, and more. Zoo Atlanta daily admission is also included for tour-day use (Zoo rides and food not included). 

 

*Note: This tour is recommended for ages 14+. 

 

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Pole Bridge Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility 

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Trip Leader: Patty McLean

Limited to 16 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty: Moderate 

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be added to the waiting list.

 

Description: Only recently opened for limited access to metro-Atlanta birders, 145 species of birds have been identified at this single location in DeKalb County. The month of May will be ideal to see a large roost of Black Vultures and a good number of hawks and other raptors, including a nesting pair of American Kestrel. Grassland birds include Wild Turkey and Eastern Meadowlark. We will also look for migrating shorebirds, warblers, thrushes, and sparrows.

 

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Saturday, May 6 to Sunday, May 7

 

Warbler Weekend in the North GA Mountains

Weekend Trip: Saturday, May 6, to Sunday, May 7

Trip Leader: Patty McLean

Limited to 11 participants

Cost: $175 for non-members/$150 for members

 

Only 4 spots remain!

 

Description: Stretch your neck and warm up those ears. It’s time to prepare for spring migration. Georgia hosts more than 20 breeding warblers, and this workshop will cover them all. Top birder Patty McLean will lead the group on Saturday, May 6, and Sunday, May 7, in the North Georgia mountains, where it’s possible to find more than 20 species of warblers, many of which will be singing on their breeding grounds. Participants in recent years have observed the unusual Brewster’s Warbler, a hybrid formed by a Golden-winged Warbler and a Blue-winged Warbler. The group will visit some of the mountain hot spots as well as some new warbler-rich locations.

 

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Friday, May 12 to Sunday, May 14

 

Shorebird Weekend on the Georgia Coast

Class Session: March 12, 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM at the Atlanta Audubon office 

Coastal Trip: May 12-14 -- 7:00 PM Friday through 1:00 PM Sunday

Trip Leader: Adam Betuel

Limited to 20 participants

Cost: $300 for non-members/$275 for members/$250 for Master Birders

Difficulty Level: Moderate to Difficult

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be added to the waiting list.

 

Description: 

Class session: March 12, 3:30 to 5:30 PM at Atlanta Audubon office

Coastal Trip, May 12-14

 

Join Atlanta Audubon for this unique workshop and coastal trip highlighting the shorebird migration that coincides with the spawning of horseshoe crabs. This spectacular phenomenon brings hundreds of migrating shorebirds to our very own Georgia Coast, including Red Knots, Semipalmated Sandpipers, Short-billed Dowitchers, Marbled Godwits, Ruddy Turnstones, and more…all in breeding plumage! This two-part workshop consists of a class session on shorebird identification with ornithologist Georgann Schmalz in the Atlanta Audubon classroom at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve and a coastal trip led by Atlanta Audubon Director of Conservation, Adam Betuel. The coastal trip kicks off with a Friday evening session on May 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM on Shorebird Conservation taught by Tim Keyes, DNR Wildlife Biologist. Weather and seas permitting, we’ll take a boat trip exploring the Altamaha River Delta at places such as the north end of Little St. Simons Island, Little Egg Island, and Wolf Island Bar. The tentative schedule also includes birding coastal hot spots such as Jekyll Island and Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge. Price does not include travel, lodging, or food.

 

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Saturday, May 13

 

Red-cockaded Woodpeckers at Piedmont National Wildlife Refuge

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM 

Trip Leaders: Carolyn Johnson and Robert & Stacy Johnson

Limited to 14 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Easy to moderate with many sites accessible by car, but some walking on uneven surfaces

 

This trip is now full. Please register below to be added to the wait list.

 

Description: In 1999, Georgia became the first state in the nation to develop a statewide conservation plan to provide management options and protection of suitable habitat for the endangered Red-cockaded Woodpecker. Historically widespread in the southeast, the Red-cockaded Woodpecker suffered severe population declines due to the loss of mature pine forests. Today, approximately 1% of the woodpecker’s original population can still be found across the southeast. We’ll start the morning at the Visitors Center with Piedmont NWR’s Deputy Refuge Manager, Carolyn Johnson, to learn about the habits of the Red-cockaded Woodpecker, their significance to their habitat and other species, and Piedmont NWR’s role in conserving the species. We’ll then carpool through several areas of the refuge to look for some of the 57 family groups that call Piedmont NWR home. Other key species we’ll keep an eye out for during the trip are Northern Bobwhite, Bachman’s Sparrow, Wild Turkey, and spring migrants. Note: Carpooling while within the refuge will be necessary; further details will be shared with registered participants.

 

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Sunday, May 14

 

Mother's Day Birding & Historic Tour at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center

8:00 AM to 12:00 PM 

Trip Leader: Rob McDonough

Limited to 20 participants

Cost: $30/person

Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate

 

Description: Join us at the historic Callanwolde Fine Arts Center for a Mother's Day exploration of this magnificent Tudor Revival style home of the Charles Howard Candler family. Outside, we'll walk a portion of the 12 acres of sculptured lawns, formal gardens, nature trails, and a rock garden to look for resident birds such as woodpeckers, raptors, and songbirds, as well as some late spring migrants. We'll be joined by a Callanwolde staff member who will provide an historic interpretive tour of the property, including the 27,000 square foot mansion featuring walnut paneling, stained glass, bronze balustrades, delicate ceiling and fireplace reliefs, and Aeolian organ chambers. We'll conclude our morning with a stop at the historic Bath House, where participants will enjoy light finger foods and beverages.

 

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Sunday, May 21

 

Atlanta Bird Fest Closing Celebration with Dr. Drew Lanham, Author, The Homeplace: Memoirs of a Colored Man's Love Affair with Nature

 

3:30 to 5:30 PM

Manuel's Tavern

602 N. Highland Ave, NE.

Atlanta, GA  30307

Cost: Free, but registration requested

 

Join us as we celebrate our month-long array of Atlanta’s best birding destinations, educational workshops, and other events of Atlanta Bird Fest 2017. Birder, author, naturalist, and professor Dr. Drew Lanham will present his inspiring book The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature. Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way to somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him. As his passion takes flight, however, he begins to ask what it means to be “the rare bird, the oddity”—to find joy and freedom in the same land his ancestors were tied to by forced labor, and then to be a black man in a profoundly white field. The Home Place is a remarkable meditation on nature and belonging, at once a deeply moving memoir and riveting exploration of the contradictions of black identity in the rural South—and in America today. Copies of The Home Place will be available for purchase and signing by Dr. Lanham.

 

In addition to Dr. Lanham’s presentation, top fundraisers and birders from Atlanta Bird Fest’s Big Day Challenge will be awarded prizes during this fun celebration. The Closing Celebration is free to attend, but we ask that you pre-register to help with our planning. 

 

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Don't miss out on the Atlanta Bird Fest 2017 T-shirt! This year's design was made exclusively for Atlanta Audubon by Athens-based artist David Hale of Love Hawk Studios. David is well known through his tattoo artistry, artwork for craft brewer Creature Comforts, and a larger than life public art mural entitled "BirdSong," commissioned by AthFest Arts and Music Festival for their 20th Anniversary festival. T-shirts are screen printed on 100% organic cotton.

 

 

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ONGOING

 

Big Day Challenge

 

Any 6-hour or 24-hour period between April 15 and May 14

 

Description: Ready to compete with your fellow birders to see who can find the most species in a 24-hour or 6-hour period? Join our Big Day Challenge in either the 6-hour or 24-hour categories for a chance to win some great prizes while having fun and raising funds for Atlanta Audubon Society. Travel during your Big Day Challenge is limited to the state of Georgia. Go out on your own or get a group of friends together!

 

Click here to create a personal fundraising page to showcase your Big Day Challenge efforts. To be considered in the Big Day Challenge, you must (a) Raise or donate money for Atlanta Audubon and (b) Submit your results to the Atlanta Audubon office by noon on Friday, May 12. Participants will be recognized at the Closing Celebration on Sunday, May 21.