MAY MONTHLY MEETING AT FAIRHOPE YACHT CLUB - BOATHOUSE BUILDING
The next meeting of the Mobile Bay Canoe and Kayak Club will be on Tuesday, June 6th, 2006 at 7:00 p.m., at the Fairhope Yacht Club. Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, same time, same place. When you drive down the hill to the bay, take the last turn left into the parking lot, to the boathouse building.
Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries - Dr. John Porter - June 6 meeting
John Porter, the executive director of DIBS, will be presenting to
MBCKC on the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries. Below is some basic
info on DIBS. You can find a host of information on the DIBS website-
Dauphin Island, Alabama is one of the top birding spots in the
Southeast. An incredible three hundred and forty five species have
been reported on the island. Spring migration is the first landfall
for many Neotropical birds that make the five hundred mile flight
across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula. Under adverse
weather conditions, large flocks of exhausted birds of many species
may seek shelter on the Island in a truly spectacular "fall-out".
Fall migration, which begins as early as July, can also be a very
rewarding time on the Island for birders. During this time, shore
birds begin to gather on the Island to store up energy for their
long, Neotropical flight. The Island is also ideal for birding in
winter, even in the absence of the fall migrants. Many permanent
species reside on the Island, and a variety of waterfowl, seabirds,
and shore birds fly in during the winter season.
The entire Island is a Bird Sanctuary in which rewarding observations
can be made in any of its public areas including parks, beaches,
dunes, wetlands and quiet streets. The Alabama Ornithological Society
meets yearly on Dauphin Island in both April and October to enjoy the
birding, fine fellowship, and great seafood. Visitors are always
welcome to participate in field trips and other such activities.
Anytime is good birding time on Dauphin Island.
Plan to attend - this should be wonderful