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Prior to 1990 or so if you wished to locate good birding locations in Alabama it was necessary to connect with experienced birders who knew their way around. This was usually accomplished by joining the Alabama Ornithological Society or another Alabama birding club. Unfortunately there were not many active birding clubs in the state at that time. Things have changed!

In the early 1990's AOS published A Birder's Guide to Alabama. At about the same time work was begun on the Alabama Coastal Birding Trail. Additional bird finding guides have since been published and Birding Trails have been established throughout the state. There are active birding organizations in nearly all regions of Alabama and several Alabama bird finding websites have been published.

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The links below list the primary websites devoted to Alabama bird finding. The websites listed will open in a new window when the link is clicked . Close the window if you wish to return to this page.


North Alabama Birding Trail

Alabama Coastal Birding Trail

Additional trails being developed....

  • West Alabama Birding Trail -- planning phase
    Encompassing nine counties located in northwest central part of the state, this region will offer birding opportunities in areas such as the Talladega National Forest, Lake Lurleen State Park, Sipsey River Swamp, and Moundville Archaeological Park.

  • Appalachian Highlands Birding Trail -- planning phase
    Logan Martin Lake and the Coosa River should provide great birding experiences along with Cheaha State Park, Oak Mountain State Park and many other sites scattered throughout this ten county region located in the northeast central section.

  • Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail -- planning phase
    Found in the eastern central section of Alabama, the Piedmont consists of low hills, ridges, and sandy valleys. There are eight counties which offer great wildlife experiences such as Cheaha State Park (Alabama's highest point), Lake Martin, Fort Toulouse National Historic Park, and many others worthy of a visit.

  • Pineywoods Birding Trail -- development phase
    Much of this region is considered a birding crossroads because it lies near the southern most breeding range for many species and the northern limits for coastal species. Located in southwest Alabama and covering five counties, look for diverse species whose natural habitat include longleaf pines, rivers, pitcher plant bogs, and farmland. Areas of significance include Conecuh National Forest, St. Stephens Historical Park, Little River State Forest and Claiborne Lake Dam.

  • Wiregrass Birding Trail -- planning phase
    So named because tough grass once grew among pine forest, this ten county region is nestled in the southeastern part of Alabama. Some of the best birding can be found in the Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge based on 281 documented species. Other areas of distinction are "Buzzard Roost", Troy University Nature Trail, Lake Point Lake, and the Chattahoochee River.

Additional Alabama Bird Finding Resources

A Birders Guide To Alabama        Delorme Alabama Atlas and Gazetteer 
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