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Stevenson Town Park

Stevenson Town Park (Site #43, Northeast Loop) sits on the east side of Crow Creek. The park provides an excellent vantage point from which to scan the open water of the reservoir for Common Loons and Horned Grebes, as well as a variety of waterfowl. During times of low water, look for shorebirds and herons […]

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Russell Cave National Monument

Russell Cave National Monument has been home to wildlife and man for thousands of years. This peaceful setting combines food, water, and shelter with tranquility and beauty. Following the elevated boardwalks and nature trails can lead to eastern woodland species such as Summer and Scarlet Tanagers, whose song is accompanied by the insect-like croaking of […]

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Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area

Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area (Site #42, Northeast Loop) has numerous impoundments that are likely to turn up a great variety of species. Access roads leading into the area also make Mud Creek easy to bird. Check the ponds in fall and winter for dabbling ducks such as Mallards, Gadwalls, American Wigeons, and Green-winged Teals. […]

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Skyline Wildlife Management Area

Skyline Wildlife Management Area  (Site # 41, Northeast Loop) is an extensive tract of wild lands in northeastern Alabama, which hosts the state’s only population of Ruffed Grouse. This carefully managed area also supports older hardwood forests utilized by nesting Cerulean Warblers. A visit to the Skyline Wildlife Management Area is most rewarding in spring when […]

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Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve

The Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve (Site # 40, Northeast Loop) was a working farm until Mr. Whitaker, wishing that future generations be able to enjoy the farm he loved so much, sold it to The Nature Conservancy who now manages it for conservation. These rolling fields sit alongside one of the most […]

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North Sauty Creek WMA / Sauta Cave NWR

North Sauty Creek (Site #39, Northeast Loop) has an excellent display of waterfowl and wading birds that occupy the area. Park on the roadside and scan the creek for waterfowl, shorebirds, and wading birds, especially during migration or in the winter. A small heron rookery is located on one of the small islands. However, exercise […]

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Goose Pond Colony

Goose Pond Colony  (Site # 38, Northeast Loop) is a public recreational development built on a peninsula on the northern side of Guntersville Lake south of Scottsboro. This location makes for some excellent birding, especially during the winter. Stop at one of the numerous viewing points to search the rafts of waterfowl for Common Goldeneyes, […]

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Gorham’s Bluff / Coon Gulf

Gorham’s Bluff (Site #45, Northeast Loop), a planned community, rises on the southern side of Raccoon Creek, a very scenic arm of Guntersville Reservoir.  The Bluff provides an incredible vista of the creek and the surrounding area, as well as exemplifying how the Tennessee River has cut through the Cumberland Plateau over millennia. Birds to […]

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