The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is thrilled to congratulate the Birmingham Audubon Society as they welcome Dr. Andy Coleman, Ph. D. into a new permanent position as Program Director. Dr. Coleman, a former Walter F. Coxe Research Grant recipient, brings to the organization his experience and infectious enthusiasm. The grant which he received while completing his doctoral work at the University of Alabama at Birmingham was fully funded by the Birmingham Audubon Society whose program honors the renowned Alabama naturalist and supports scientific research on environmental issues affecting Alabama.
Currently, the Birmingham Audubon Society is working on the Urban Bird Habitat Initiative. This program was funded by the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham back in December of 2014. Over three years, $65,0000 will go to support the initiative which works to enhance, restore, and create habitats while also building volunteer support and securing viability of recreational birding in the metro area. Some projects begun by the program include: East Lake Park Heron Rookery, Limestone Park Prairie Development (Shelby Co.), Rooftop Chimney Swift Tower at the McWane Science Center, Avondale Park Rose & Habitat Garden, Railroad Park Bird & Habitat Signage, and the proposed Greenwood Park Interpretive Wetland and Prairie Project. Each venture is incorporated in membership and all birding programs are open to the public.
The society’s new Program Director, Dr. Coleman, says he “has a great deal of respect for the work of Birmingham Audubon and is excited to have the opportunity to pursue [his] interest in conservation science and outreach.” Currently working part time as he completes research presentations at various conferences, Dr. Coleman will be on board full time February 9, 2015.