Alabama Coastal BirdFest

The 15th Annual John L. Borom Alabama Coastal BirdFest:
A Birding & Nature Festival

October 3–6, 2018

BirdFest Trip Schedule

Download BirdFest Trip Maps and Release forms here.

Registration is now closed.

Join us Oct. 3–6 for the 15th annual Alabama Coastal BirdFest, a birding and nature festival! Click on the link above to read about the many opportunities to see birds, alligators, wildflowers, dolphins, and other wildlife—and learn about their habitats. Plus, we will offer workshops at 5 Rivers Delta Center.

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, and more. BirdFest is a great adventure no matter your level of birding experience.

BirdFest 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 3 will receive a full refund, minus a $10 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations September 4 through September 19 will receive a 50% refund, minus a $10 administrative fee.
  • No refunds will be issued for cancellations after September 19.
  • No refunds will be issued for No Shows.
  • Weather Related: If BirdFest cancels a trip/event due to weather, a full refund for the trip fee will be available upon written request, received on or before October 31. Refunds not requested in writing will be considered a donation to the Weeks Bay Foundation for Alabama Coastal BirdFest.
  • Requests for refunds should be emailed to:, subject line–BirdFest Refund, or by mail to: Weeks Bay Foundation, 11401 US Highway 98, Fairhope, AL 36532, Attention:  Birdfest Refund. Written requests should include the name of the registrant(s), the trip number(s), contact phone number, and mailing address.

Accommodations in the Area

There are numerous hotels in Mobile and along the eastern shore. Our partner hotel for the event is Hampton Inn – Daphne (29451 US Hwy. 98, Daphne). There is also camping at Meaher State Park, with tent camping, cabins, and RV spaces with hookups.

Bird & Conservation Expo

The Bird & Conservation Expo is our free, family friendly event that takes place at the Halstead Amphitheater on the grounds of Coastal Alabama Community College (formerly Faulkner) in downtown Fairhope, with exhibits, a raptor show, snake show, kids’ activities, and more.

Now accepting vendor applications for the 2018 Bird & Conservation Expo. Download application here.

For exciting photos and announcements, follow Alabama BirdFest on Facebook.

Sponsoring the Alabama Coastal BirdFest is a great way to help promote ecotourism in the State of Alabama.


(updated June 7, 2018)

The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation

The Mapp Family Foundation

The Erie Hall Meyer Charitable Fund, Inc.


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Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries

5 Rivers Delta Resource Center

Huntingdon College

Mobile Bay Audubon Society

Town of Dauphin Island


Weeks Bay Foundation

Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve