Red-breasted Nuthatch photo by Harry Dean
AOS members were encouraged to go out birding between October 3 and October 9 near where they live, and submit the checklist to Geoff Hill, AOS President. Geoff compiled a summary and presented the results at the Saturday evening virtual banquet, which also featured an excellent workshop on Tern Identification by Andrew Haffenden, and a hilarious presentation by noted Birder/Humorist Al Batt.
The virtual meeting saved members a ton of money. No meals, or lodging, and much less gasoline. So the board challenged participants in the Birding Near Home event to pledge a certain amount either for each bird species seen or for each individual bird seen. The money was donated directly to a charity chosen by the donor, but AOS strongly suggested donating to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary (DIBS), which is purchasing and preserving bird habitat on Dauphin Island. DIBS is currently involved in an expensive clean up of bird habitat on Dauphin Island which has been damaged in the recent hurricanes. Donations for storm clean-up are especially needed right now. To donate, send checks to:
Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
PO Box 1295
Dauphin Island, AL 36528
Home Page photo of Red-breasted Nuthatch by Harry Dean
All lists from inland Alabama counties
October 3 to 9, 2020
Great Blue Heron
Black-throated Green Warbler
Birding Near Home was based on 16 lists totaling 96 species