Audubon Teaches Nature Program Series

Co-sponsored by the Birmingham Audubon Society, Alabama Wildlife Center, Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, and Friends of Oak Mountain State Park

During this twenty-sixth year of Audubon Teaches Nature we will explore and celebrate the diversity of Alabama’s natural history. These seminars will provide you with the knowledge and skills to allow you to more fully enjoy your time in the field, whether birding, botanizing, hiking, or biking. Audubon Teaches Nature will give you the unique opportunity to meet and learn from some of Alabama’s leading naturalists—authorities who are willing to share their years of experience and special knowledge to make your outdoor experiences more enjoyable. Our programs are designed to showcase the beauty and natural history of Oak Mountain State Park and the central Alabama region.
Programs are held at the Alabama Wildlife Center and the Oak Mountain Interpretive Center, featuring...
  • apple cider, punch & cookies. The cider will be ready by 1:30 so come early to enjoy the refreshments & the birds!
  • your questions answered.
  • wildlife report from the Education Director of the Alabama Wildlife Center.
  • news and updates from Oak Mountain Interpretive Center and Friends of Oak Mountain.
  • fabulous door prizes!
  • our program featuring one of Alabama’s foremost authorities on birds & nature.
  • informal nature walks after each program; be sure to bring your binoculars, cameras and field guides.
The program itself is free, but admission to the park is as follows: $5 per adult (age 12+); $2 per child (age 4 to 11); $2 per senior (age 62+); free for ages 3 and under.
Be sure to allow enough time to visit and explore the exhibits at both facilities!

Reptiles: A Sampler — Featuring David Frings and Jimmy Stiles
Sunday, October 23, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Reptiles are among the most ancient animals on the planet, having existed for over 300 million years. Modern reptiles inhabit every continent except Antarctica. They number in excess of 10,000 species, and of these 93 are indigenous to Alabama: 1 crocodile, 12 lizard, 49 snake, and 31 turtle species. Four lizard species have been introduced.  The October program will include a sampling of live native and nonnative species, affording close-up views of their unique adaptations. Kids will love this program, and be sure to bring a camera!

Exploring Wild Alabama — Featuring Larry Davenport and Ken Wills
Sunday, November 20, 2016, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Birds of Prey, Masters of the Skies — Featuring the Alabama Wildlife Center Raptor Team
Sunday, January 22, 2017, 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Location: Alabama Wildlife Center

Geology and Paleontology in Alabama: a Treasure Underfoot — Featuring Dana Ehret
Sunday, February 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Mountain Interpretive Center

Mysteries of Bird Migration — Featuring Anne G. Miller
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Alabama Wildlife Center

Alabama Birding Trails — Featuring Joe Watts
Sunday, April 30, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Alabama Wildlife Center

Alabama State Parks: Your Gateway to Outdoor Recreation — Featuring Emily Vanderford
Sunday, May 21, 2017, 2:00 p.m.
Location: Oak Mountain Interpretive Center