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Fort Morgan Bird Banding - Annual Event in Alabama


Since 2019, BCA operates a fall public bird banding session for 8-9 days every year!

As former trainees of Bob and Martha Sargent, who operated the site for nearly 30 years through the Hummer/Bird Study Group, our goal is to continue this important research and public outreach effort. Typically, the banding occurs during the first week in October. 

You can check upcoming dates here

You can read more about this effort, see media coverage from this event, and previous session reports below:

Media Reports: here, here, and here

Session reports: here

Event Details: 


Address: Fort Morgan State Historic Site, Alabama 180, Gulf Shores, AL. 


The banding will occur in the stables area of the fort (the first brick road on the right past the sea wall). The banding area will be well marked with a sign.


Time: 8:00am- 3:00pm

Things to keep in mind when visiting the station: 

  • While our event is free, the fort does charge an entrance fee:

  • Please follow the fort's direction for parking.

  • Remember bug spray, sunscreen, water/snacks, and chairs (if you plan to stay for an extended amount of time). Closed toe shoes are recommended. 

  • Portable toliets will be available at the banding site.

  • If you have a disability and are concerned about access, please reach out to us in advanced so we can arrange your visit. Email:

  • Bring your friends and families but please leave your pets at home. 

  • If you would like to attend as an organized group (school group, birding group, etc.) please email us in advance to schedule your visit to best accomodate. Email:

  Special thanks to the Fort Morgan Historic Site, part of the Alabama Historic Commission, for land access 

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