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SOLD OUT – Birdfest: Tour with Dwight Lammon at Moundville Archaeological Park

April 9 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Nestled along the banks of the Black Warrior River, UA’s Moundville Archaeological Park (MAP) hosts its annual Birdfest Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, 2021. 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.

Birdfest guests can take a bird walk with local experts, including one of the park’s newest volunteers, Dwight Lammon (Tuscaloosa, AL).

Information on wildlife conservation, bird watching checklists, birdhouse plans and much more will be available and free of charge to everyone.

UPDATE: This tour is SOLD OUT.

  • Register on EventBrite and pay at Moundville Archaeological Park.
  • Dates: April 9-10, 2021
  • Tour Times: 9:00 AM Each Day
    • Requires Registration
    • Capacity: 10 People Per Tour
  • 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
  • Location: 634 Mound State Parkway, Moundville, AL 35474-6413

Education Materials

Background

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.

Birding Resources  

Moundville Birding Checklist

Please be on the lookout for these birds around the park!

Alabama Audubon’s How to Start Birding Guide

Alabama Birding Trails’ Teacher Resource Guide (great for any beginner, not just students!)

Resources for Educators

Details

Date:
April 9
Time:
9:00 am - 10:00 am

Venue

Moundville Archaeological Park
13075 MOUNDVILLE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK
MOUNDVILLE, AL 35474 United States
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