Field Trip to Wheeler NWR – Saturday, 18 January 2020

SANDHILL-CRANEThe Lebanon Birding Club – John W. Sellars Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society is heading to Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge [ Wheeler NWR website ] near Decatur, Alabama on Saturday, 18 January 2020, and you are invited. This field trip will take the place of our regularly scheduled meeting,  and as always, you do not have to be a member of our club to  participate  in our field trips. All are welcome.

We will meet at the Wheeler NWR Visitor Center parking lot at 9:00 AM on Saturday, 18 January 2020. Plans are to bird the refuge first, maybe hit a few other hot-spots in the area, have lunch at a nearby restaurant, then more birding in the afternoon before coming home.

Please Sign Up!

If you plan to join us on the field trip Saturday, please complete the brief online sign-up form here:  [ Wheeler NWR Sign-Up Form ]. We would like to know how many plan to make the trip to 1) possibly coordinate a carpool or two, and 2) make arrangements for lunch. Plus, it’s nice to have contact information in the event of a change of plans. It only takes a minute to complete the form. Thanks.

What Will We See?

Expect to see Sandhill cranes by the thousands, Whooping cranes, thousands of ducks and geese of all stripes and colors, and many other birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars, cameras, scopes, water to drink, and dress appropriately.

The refuge visitor center opens at 9:00 AM and is located at 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Click the image below for the [ Google map ]. The lat/long coordinates for the visitor center are: 34.54742, -86.951081



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Wilson County Christmas Bird Count – Saturday, 4 January 2020

Tis the season to… count birds.

christmas-bird-countThe Audubon Christmas Bird Count is an annual Citizen Science tradition, and your participation is vital. If you are available on Saturday, 4 January 2020 and would like to participate, please complete the early registration form here:  CBC Sign Up Form

wcsparrowJoin us for a couple hours or all day in Wilson County. The more eyes we provide, the more birds we count.

Saturday, 4 January 2020 – Lebanon / Wilson County

Meet @ 7:00 AM at Cedars of Lebanon State Park Nature Center  [ map ]
Register Here:  LTOS CBC Participation Form
Contact: Stephen Zipperer at

click map below
Wilson County Christmas Bird Count Circle Map

From December 14 through January 5 each year, tens of thousands of volunteers throughout the Americas take part in an adventure that has become a family tradition among generations. Families and students, birders and scientists, armed with binoculars, bird guides and checklists go out on an annual mission – often before dawn. For over one hundred and thirteen years, the desire to both make a difference and to experience the beauty of nature has driven dedicated people to go out and count birds on the annual Christmas Bird Count.


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