This summer, people from across the region flocked to Greensboro for the 2021 Black Belt Birding Festival – a sold-out event whose organizers along with Alabama Audubon are already working to expand the festival into 2022.
Indeed, the biggest event planned for next year follows what turned out to be a hugely successful 2021 festival for local businesses, artists and designers who took advantage of a unique opportunity to showcase their products, creations and their community to a new audience.
The Black Belt Birding Festival brought together community members and visitors from in and around the state, demonstrating the many birding opportunities that the historic black belt region of Alabama has. to give away, and bringing a great sales weekend for our Greensboro business community, ”said Meg Ford, Black Belt Coordinator for Alabama Audubon, the host of the event.
“When birders come together, we can really make a positive difference for birds and the people who love them – and we hope to make an even bigger impact with a full Black Belt birding weekend and expansion offers for next year’s festival, ”said Ford.
The 2022 Black Belt Bird Watching Festival is scheduled for July 29-31, with a second day added to accommodate more bird watchers and more activities. Details on the expanded festival will be coming soon, Ford said.
While tours to the various bird habitats offered by the Black Belt quickly sold out during the 2021 festival, the free events in town attracted bird watchers and non-birders alike.
The festival is part of Alabama Audubon’s Black Belt Bird Watching Initiative, designed to highlight the benefits of bird-based ecotourism for the Black Belt region. The Alabama Energy Foundation was among the supporters of this year’s festival.
Among this year’s special guests was Christian Cooper, a black bird watcher and board member of NYC Audubon in New York. Cooper is a key organizer of National Bird Watchers Week, which celebrates black nature enthusiasts but also highlights the dangers they can face when enjoying the outdoors.
This year’s Black Belt Birding Festival, which took place in August, was Alabama Audubon’s first major event in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The organization, which celebrates its 75e anniversary this year, is back with a solid slate scheduled activities.
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(Courtesy of Alabama News Center)