NOTE: BIRD BANDING IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
Fort Morgan has some of the best vacation options on the Gulf Coast for birding enthusiasts. Although birding in this area is fantastic year-round, it's a particularly great place for ornithology two weeks each spring and fall. In mid-April, the Fort Morgan Bird Banding Station will be set up in Fort Morgan State Historic Park for bird experts and curious visitors to study the migrations of dozens of bird species.
At this station, trained and dedicated volunteers capture and band thousands of neo-tropical birds that are migrating through the Gulf Coast region on their way to Mexico and other warm-weather winter destinations in the Southern Hemisphere. The station, run by the Hummer/Bird Study Group, Inc., is set up in Fort Morgan because it's the first landfall and last place of departure for thousands of migrating birds, including ruby-throated hummingbirds.
The station is an important tool for ornithologists to monitor population levels and check the general condition of migratory birds, noting the effects of weather and other environmental factors on the bird species. While the banding sessions are performed by experts in the field, they are open to visitors and members of the general public who are interested in learning more about the winged visitors of this unique spot.
Fort Morgan has been designated as one of the "One Hundred Globally Important Bird Areas" by the American Bird Conservancy and is also important for the annual migration of monarch butterflies. If you are staying in Fort Morgan condo rentals or beach houses, head over to Fort Morgan State Historic Park early in the morning - the station opens before dawn and operations end between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. each day. Bring your binoculars!