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Wheeler NWR – Cave Springs

The Cave Springs Cave (Site # 31, Central Loop)  has been popular for thousands of years. The combination of shelter, fresh water, and abundant food has attracted humans and other wildlife to its safety. The cave’s current residents include several thousand Gray Bats, an endangered species whose population stronghold is in northeastern Alabama. Where the […]

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BP-Amoco Environmental Trail

 The BP-Amoco Environmental Trail  (Site #18, Central Loop) is situated  the middle of the extensive agricultural fields that lie just west of Decatur. BP-Amoco has preserved this corner of prime woodland and marsh habitat for waterfowl and possibly rails. This area is worth stopping to check for marshland residents such as Red-winged Blackbirds and Common […]

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Wheeler NWR – Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail

Dancy Bottoms ( Site #33, Central Loop) is an excellent area  in the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge to visit during spring migration when dozens of warblers, vireos, tanagers, thrushes, orioles, and grosbeaks fill the trees. The area is also good for breeding species, including Barred Owl and Red-headed Woodpecker. Louisiana Waterthrush can be heard singing […]

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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center

Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge’s (NWR’s) showpiece Visitor Center (Site #16, Central Loop) serves as the gateway to the North Alabama Birding Trail. The Visitor Center hosts a series of interpretive exhibits that explain the refuge’s numerous residents, the ecology of these organisms, as well as information on the early human residents of the Tennessee River […]

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Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area

The 1,483-acre Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) (Site # 1, Northwest Loop) along the southern shore of Wheeler Lake provides access to a number of habitats, including grasslands, agricultural fields, wildlife openings, and hardwood forest. This site offers numerous opportunities for viewing waterfowl, wading birds, and woodland and grassland songbirds. Scan the water for […]

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