Black Belt Birding Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 2021
Contact: Sarah Randolph, Outreach & Communications Director
sarah@alaudubon.org, 205-719-3678 ext. 3

Alabama Audubon’s First Annual BLACK BELT BIRDING FESTIVAL is Coming to Greensboro.

Come celebrate the birds of this historic Alabama region on Saturday, August 7th, 2021

GREENSBORO, AL, June 17, 2021—Alabama Audubon has announced plans to host a first-of-its-kind event, a festival celebrating the birds of the Black Belt, on Saturday, August 7th, 2021, in Greensboro, AL. Highlighting the birds, history, and culture of Alabama’s Black Belt region, the first annual Black Belt Birding Festival is the newest public offering from the storied conservation nonprofit’s Black Belt Birding Initiative, a program aimed at bringing the economic benefits of ecotourism to this stretch of rural Alabama.

“This region is a historic touchstone for the entire country,” says Audubon’s Black Belt Coordinator, Meg Ford. “The Civil Rights victories that took place here are widely celebrated, but the area’s unique ecology and fascinating bird populations are still a bit of a secret. This festival marks a big step toward changing that.”

The festival will feature field trips to experience the diverse habitats and birds of Hale and Perry County; indoor programs highlighting Black Belt culture and history; a vendor expo for local businesses, nonprofits, and makers; and much more. Christopher Joe, owner of the nationally recognized ecotourism company Connecting with Birds and Nature Tours, LLC, will offer birding tours throughout the day, and attendees will receive a keynote address from naturalist, poet, and Professor of Wildlife Ecology at Clemson University, Dr. J. Drew Lanham.

Founded in 1946 as the Birmingham Audubon Society, Alabama Audubon has since grown to become the state’s leading nonprofit promoting conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Birding Initiative works to bring the economic and environmental benefits of bird-based ecotourism to one of the country’s most economically challenged rural areas.

A certified chapter of the National Audubon Society and an independent 501(c)(3) organization, Alabama Audubon’s mission is to promote conservation and a greater knowledge of birds, their habitats, and the natural world. Find out more at alaudubon.org, or follow us on social media @alaudubon (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram).

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<p>Counties included are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox. Counties included are Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Conecuh, Crenshaw, Dallas, Greene, Hale, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Marengo, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pickens, Pike, Russell, Sumter, Tuscaloosa, Wilcox.

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