Christopher Joe started Connecting with Birds and Nature Tours, LLC on October 31, 2018 as a way to diversify his family’s Black Angus cattle farm. The property, located in the heart of the Black Belt in Newbern, Alabama, has been in the family since the early 1900s. This area has been stricken with poverty and suffered a lack of economic development. Joe aims to educate and demonstrate to private landowners how to become more environmentally friendly to birds, improve their habitat, and create a business to economically benefit to the area. Connecting with Birds and Nature Tours offers an opportunity for people to experience the thrill of seeing various birds and wildlife on private property.
Joe reached out to Alabama Audubon of Birmingham to assess the potential for birding tours in August of 2018, and hosted his first birding tour for Alabama Audubon Society members, alongside University of Alabama graduate students, in February of 2019. In July of that year, the first ever Black Belt Birding Tour was hosted on the farm, drawing record attendance of over 120 people.
About the Presenter
Christopher Joe, a native of Greensboro, Alabama, is the son of Cornelius and Leola Joe. His father is a retired agribusiness educator with 30+ years of teaching experience. Joe earned a Bachelor of Science in Agribusiness Management from Alabama A&M University in 2007. He works as a District Conservationist located in Macon County Alabama with the Natural Resources Conservation Service, an agency under the USDA.
Joe and his wife Christy Joe have a 1-year-old daughter named Summer Grace. They reside in Montgomery, AL.