$20 – $100

2019 Alabama Coastal BirdFest

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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

30945 Five Rivers Boulevard

Spanish Fort, AL 36527

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Join us October 2-5 for Alabama Coastal BirdFest birding and nature festival!

Ticket sales open on Monday, August 12, at 9:00 am CDT and close on Friday, September 20, at 4:00 pm CDT.

We’ve added lots of new trips to our lineup, with opportunities to see birds, alligators, wildflowers, dolphins, and other wildlife—and learn about their habitats. We also offer workshops at 5 Rivers Delta Center on hummingbirds and avian conservation, as well as basic and advanced birding workshops.

BirdFest showcases great bird- and nature-watching spots all around Baldwin and Mobile counties, including Fort Morgan, Dauphin Island, Weeks Bay, Mobile -Tensaw Delta, Bayou La Batre, Forever Wild Grand Bay Savanna, Gulf Shores, Bon Secour River, and more. BirdFest is a great adventure no matter your level of birding experience.

Take a look at the entire schedule HERE and decide what trips you want to sign up for. Then register yourself, friends, and family for the birding experience of the year!

As you go through the registration process, please be cautious that you do not double book yourself. The date and time for each event is in the event title.

After registering, download any releases or maps you may need for your trips.

Trips are filled in the order registrations are received. Registrants will pay registration and credit card fees associated with using Eventbrite, and state and local sales tax. You will receive an email confirmation of your registration from Eventbrite. Remember to check your "Spam" folder for this confirmation before calling for assistance.

For bus trips, be at 5 Rivers Delta Hall at least 15 minutes before the scheduled departure time. The posted trip time is the departure time of the bus. Check-in inside and enjoy coffee and donuts before boarding the bus.

For trips that meet at a different location, such as paddles and boat trips, be at the departure point at least 15-20 minutes before the scheduled time. The posted trip time is the departure time of the boat(s).

Maps for any trip that does not leave from 5 Rivers are available on the website and hard copies will be available at 5 Rivers during check in.

Paddling trips will include all necessary gear and safety equipment.

If you need assistance, call 251-990-5004.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

Alabama Coastal BirdFest reserves the right to cancel any event for any reason. In the unlikely event that BirdFest cancels a trip, we will notify registered participants as soon as possible.

If you need to cancel any or all of your registered tours or events, a refund will be subject to the following:

  • Cancellations on or before September 2 will receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations September 3 through September 13 will receive a 50% refund, minus a $10 administrative fee.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 13.
  • No refunds will be issued for No Shows.
  • Weather Related: If BirdFest cancels a trip/event due to unforeseen circumstances that cause safety concerns, usually weather, a full refund for the trip fee, less applicable Eventbrite fees, will be available upon written request, received on or before October 31.
  • Refunds for trips/events cancelled by BirdFest not requested in writing on or before October 31 will be considered a donation to the Weeks Bay Foundation for Alabama Coastal BirdFest.
  • Requests for refunds should be emailed to marcia@weeksbay.org, subject line--BirdFest Refund, or be mailed to Weeks Bay Foundation, 11401 US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532, Attention: BirdFest Refunds. Requests should include the name of the registrant(s), the trip number(s), contact phone number, and mailing address.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: If I take a trip that starts someplace other than 5 Rivers, how do I know where to go?

A: Maps and directions are on our website. Hard copies will be at 5 Rivers after Monday, September 23.

Q: Do you provide lunch on the trips?

A: Where indicated, we provide sack lunches with meat or cheese sandwiches, snacks, and water. Otherwise, you should bring your own beverages and snacks.

Q: Do you provide safety equipment for paddle trips?

A: Yes, all necessary gear and safety equipment is provided for paddle trips.

Q: Is BirdFest only for experienced birders?

A: By attending, you are on your way to becoming a more experienced birder! Books such as the National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America or A Birder’s Guide to Alabama (University of Alabama Press) will enhance your experience.

Q: May I bring a child on a trip?

A: Children 12 and older are welcome and must be registered at the regular fee and accompanied by an adult. All ages will enjoy Saturday’s free Bird & Conservation Expo.

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Five Rivers Delta Resource Center

30945 Five Rivers Boulevard

Spanish Fort, AL 36527

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