The eight Alabama Birding Trails unify existing and potential birding sites into a series of cohesive trails and loops that are collectively marketed as part of a state-wide system. Many of the sites along the various trails are already being used by thousands of birders and other visitors annually.
However, most of these locations function independently and are limited in their capabilities to market their resources or gain economies of scale. As will be ultimately implemented, the Alabama Birding Trails offers the public a chain of eight geographic regions known as the following: North Alabama (or visit the North Alabama Birding Trail website here), West Alabama, Appalachian Highlands, Piedmont Plateau (or visit the Piedmont Plateau Birding Trail website here) , Black Belt Nature and Heritage, Pineywoods, Wiregrass, and Alabama Coastal Birding Trails.
This project is a collaborative project: The Alabama Tourism Department has provided much of the funding for this project; The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development is providing the leadership role of facilitation and project scope; The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources is providing their depth of knowledge relative to wildlife habitat, birding and previous birding trails experience; The Birmingham Audubon Society has provided experience that only deeply knowledgeable birders could. Chambers of Commerce across the state have taken great pride in the project, as have our Federal partners, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, National Forest Service and others.