Birding with Wild South in the Bankhead National Forest

Saturday, June 17

7:00 a.m. at the

Wild South office at 552 Lawrence Street, Moulton, Alabama

Sign up at or 256-974-6166.  Group size is limited to 12.

Leader:  Vince Meleski

Distance: 2 – 3 miles roundtrip

Level of Challenge:  Moderate

The walk will follow a Forest Service road in the Key Mill Branch area on the northeastern side of the Bankhead National Forest through a variety of habitats as hikers watch and listen for birds. This trip will occur late in the breeding season, but should offer opportunities to see and hear several of the Bankhead’s breeding birds. The trip is open for all level of birders as an opportunity to see local birds and learn how to recognize birds by their songs.

Hiking will be two to three miles round trip on mostly level ground. Bring binoculars and a field guide if you have them, snacks, drinking water, and some may want to bring a camera.  A recent walk on this Forest Service road revealed a good variety of birds. Some of the migratory birds seen and/or heard were worm-eating warbler, hooded warbler, yellow-billed cuckoo, blue-winged warbler, yellow-breasted chat, indigo bunting and others.

No dogs and no smoking, please.

After signing up, meet at the Wild South office (map link above) on the courthouse square in Moulton at 7:00 a.m. and the group will drive from there into the forest and will return by noon.

Wild South hikes are free, but we do gratefully accept donations to support our work education programs on our public lands.  There will be a donation bucket on the picnic table.  Thank you!