Alabama Coastal BirdFest

Hundreds of species of birds. More than one hundred thousand dollars raised. Join thousands of birders from across the U.S. and Canada at this event in South Alabama’s own backyard.

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Mark your calendar for Sept. 28 - Oct. 1, 2022!

Birders and nature lovers from across the United States and Canada flock to south Alabama every year to experience one of the prime birdwatching opportunities on the Gulf Coast during fall migration. More than 370 bird species have been spotted at various locations along the Alabama coast, and BirdFest guides expertly lead attendees on boat and walking trips to some of the best birding spots in the area, including locations along the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail.

Alabama Coastal BirdFest takes attendees into the Mobile Delta, to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary, historic Fort Morgan, and the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, among other locations. The four-day event also includes workshops on subjects such as hummingbirds, the basics of birding, monarch butterflies, and, new this year, workshops on how to use common birding apps, such as eBird and Merlin Bird ID, and understanding bird box design for specific species. A free family-friendly Bird and Conservation Expo will be held at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center on the Saturday of BirdFest. The Expo highlights other local non-profits and environmental agencies, hands-on activities, and short boat cruises lead by a junior birder! 

Since 2004, BirdFest has raised more than $100,000 to help preserve and protect vital coastal bird and wildlife habitat and increase the awareness of the great biological diversity of the Alabama Gulf Coast.

2022 BirdFest Sponsor Registration

Thanks to generous sponsors, Alabama Coastal BirdFest has become a major ecotourism event in Alabama. In addition to making the event possible, our sponsors support the protection of critical bird and wildlife habitat on the Alabama Gulf Coast.

Following are maps to the various trip locations and evening events.

BirdFest registration/check-in takes place at 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. Once you have checked in for your first event, you do not have to check in at 5 Rivers again. However, please have your printed tickets with you upon arrival at each of your events.

ALL bus trips also leave from 5 Rivers. If you are meeting the bus at the trip destination, that information will come to you in an email prior to BirdFest.

2022 BirdFest schedule is here!

Click below to download the entire schedule. Lots of new trips and workshops! *Please review the schedule before registration opens on August 1st as some trip/ workshop details may have changed.

Hotels and Accommodations

Traveling from out of town to Alabama Coastal BirdFest? We've put together a list of area hotels on both the Eastern Shore of Mobile Bay and downtown Mobile.

2021 Sponsors

Osprey Sponsor

The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

Reddish Egret Sponsors

Brown Pelican Sponsors

Alabama Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau

Baldwin County Sewer System

City of Gulf Shores

Great Blue Heron Sponsors

Alabama Gulf Seafood

Alabama Power

Eastern Shore Developmental Clinic LLC

Ford Lumber

Mobile Bay Audubon

Volkert, Inc.

American Oystercatcher Sponsors

Happy Harbor Marina

Jubilee Suites

Mobile County, Alabama

Storage Plus of Baldwin County

Scarlet Tanager Sponsors

Barry A. Vittor & Associates, Inc.

Mobile Bay National Estuary Program

Town of Dauphin Island

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