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
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!
Hotels and Accommodations
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
Eastern Shore Developmental Clinic LLC
Mobile Bay Audubon
American Oystercatcher Sponsors
Happy Harbor Marina
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