Bird’s the Word

The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The refuge was established by Congress in 1980 to preserve the coastal dune ecosystem, to protect threatened and endangered species, to provide compatible recreational opportunities, and to serve as a living laboratory for students and scientists. – http://www.fws.gov/bonsecour/

One of the things we like about our campground’s location is the nearness to shopping….but also the close proximity to some very nice natural areas. Just down the road a few miles are some trails that lead into the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The term “refuge” is an official designation by the government and is intended to be a safe place for wildlife.

They offer nature hikes and bird watching tours. Both of them will get you out into the wild with a knowledgeable volunteer and the price is right…free. So we called and signed up for a bird tour.

We were at the designated trailhead at 8:00am. It was a bit cool with the temperature a little below 50. A good group was there and we got to meet a few nice people with similar interests. The tour guide led us into the wetlands and helped us identify different plants and birds that were present. The tour lasted about 1 ½ hours and was very informative.

We now know where the robins go in the winter – they were flying around us in groups.

We took this opportunity to ask about the big spring bird migration that happens on Dauphin Island located nearby. He indicated that we could expect the first week of April to be the best time for seeing the birds arrive from tropical locations to the south working their way back north.

For today—“Bird’s the Word”.