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Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary
There are a several ponds on the property, which make good areas to see wildlife. 7.83 Alabama ratingStar
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Dauphin Island Audubon Bird Sanctuary is a 164 acre park located on Dauphin Island, Alabama and is owned by the Dauphin Island Beach Board. The park was established in 1961 to aid migrating birds, which stop in large numbers at Dauphin Island during spring and fall migrations.

The park was proposed and championed by Dr. Wilson Gaillard, a conservationist and bird enthusiast. His efforts helped to safeguard this parcel from development sprawl. Dauphin Island is vital to many migrating birds due to its location on their nonstop journey and test of endurance across the Gulf of Mexico. The island serves as a vital resting and refueling area before and after this exhausting trip. The park itself is relatively small but still contains a number of habitats such as a freshwater lake, swamp, beach, pinelands and hardwood forests.

April and October are usually the best months to see migrating birds. Approximately 350 species of birds have been observed here, and the park is a popular choice for birding. Waterfowl and shorebirds can be seen in winter. For more information about birding opportunities both here and at nearby locations, check this link www.coastalbirding.org. A fire burned approximately 80 acres of the refuge in 2011 and damaged some of the boardwalks and observation platforms. Eventually these should be rebuilt but facilities will be more limited in the interim. If time is short, a loop trail around Gaillard Lake offers a good combination of ecosystem diversity, interpretive sigs and beach access. Alligators and turtles also live in the lake. The park is a pleasant place for a walk in nice weather, but mosquitoes can be voracious here in the summertime.
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