It has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama and this winter, you have the opportunity to explore parts of it.
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge
in Gulf Shores has begun their winter series guided tours. Conducted on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through March 24, Jackie Isaacs, wildlife biologist, comments these free tours are a great way to see a national wildlife refuge.
“It gives people a view of what Fort Morgan peninsula is like. Many are quite surprised at what the area has to offer."
introduce you to five different areas of Bon Secour NWR: Jeff Friend Trail, Centennial Trail, Gator Lake Trail, Pine Beach Trail and the Dynamic Dunes Beach Tour. Two of those five trail tours, Jeff Friend Trail and Gator Lake Trail, are geared more toward beginner and experienced birders, while the other trail tours focus more on plants, ecology, history of the area and wildlife
And speaking of wildlife, you may or may not get a chance to see any, but will definitely learn about the various habitats.
“We talk about sea turtles and the Alabama Beach Mouse, and we might be lucky enough to see some birds. This is wildlife, so there isn’t any guarantees,” says Isaacs.
One thing is for certain, you learn a lot on the tours, she points out.
“We have informed tour guides. While out on the walks, the will definitely teach you something about the area that you didn’t know before.”
Tours are conducted on ever Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday through March 24. While it’s free to participate, reservations are required and can be made by contacting the main line at 251/540-7720 anytime between 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m., Monday – Friday.
photo credit: Bon Secour NWR, flickr, creative commons by US Fish and Wildlife Service -Recovery Act Team