Nestled along the banks of the Black Warrior River, UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park (MAP) hosts its annual Birdfest on April 23, 2022.
As a member of the West Alabama Birding Trail, Moundville Archaeological Park has held a bird outing as part of its Saturday in the Park program for the last several years.
Things To Do
At this year’s Birdfest event at Moundville Archaeological Park, we’ll have lots of bird watching and learning opportunities, which will include:
- Birdfest guests can take a bird walk with one of the park’s volunteer, Dwight Lammon, at 9am.
- The Black Warrior Riverkeeper will be out tabling at the event giving out information about their organizations.
- Information on wildlife conservation, bird watching checklists, birdhouse plans and much more will be available and free of charge to everyone.
- We will also have make and take crafts available.
- Cost: Tours are included with Park Admission
- Adults – $8
- Seniors – $7
- Students – $6
- Under 5 – Free
- Native American visitors – Free with tribal membership card
- UA Museums members – Free with museum membership
Moundville Archaeological Park is located at 634 Mound State Parkway, Moundville, AL 35474-6413.
When You Arrive
Check in with the Admissions Building (the first building you get to when entering Moundville Archaeological Park) to get instructions on where to go for your Birding Tour.
Native American recognized the benefits of having these birds as close neighbors. For example, because of the martins’ appetite for insects and their aggressiveness toward other birds. Early historical accounts as well as later ethnographic studies of southern native groups document a mutually beneficial relationship between the martin colonies and these Native American communities.
Choctaw and Chickasaw tribes throughout Alabama, for example, mounted gourds on the branches of bare saplings to attract purple martins, a practice that many Alabamians continue in one form or another to this day.
Designs of supernatural raptors and other birds, drawn in wet clay, embossed onto copper or sculpted into stone, make up a significant portion of the collections exhibited in the park’s Jones Archaeological Museum. Native Americans categorized animals in a different manner than we do today. Animals were assigned to the different planes in the cosmos – the watery underworld, the world we stand on or the upper world. Certain animals, like birds, were special because they could transcend between these different spheres. A waterfowl, like a duck or heron, could go between all three worlds. The “Duck Bowl,” on display in the Jones Museums and touted by Harper’s Magazine as one of the finest pieces of prehistoric sculpture in North America, represents a supernatural version of a waterfowl.
Crafts and Activities
Thank you for joining our Virtual component of Birdfest. We hope that you will get outside and look for birds around your home. We encourage everyone to visit our West Alabama Birding Trail destination and use our birding checklist or use our Birding checklist to look for birds around your home. Make sure to check out some of our resources and crafts below.
Bald Eagle Puppet Activity
Please be on the lookout for these birds around the park!
Alabama Birding Trails’ Teacher Resource Guide (great for any beginner, not just students!)
Resources for Educators