North Alabama Birding Trail

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The North Alabama Birding Trail of is a wildlife trail that is not a really a "trail", but a series of sites that have been chosen for their great birdwatching opportunities.

The trail has fifty sites located in eleven counties in North Alabama.

History[edit]

The trail was funded by a US$280,000 federal matching grant with US$210,000 provided by the federal government and US$70,000 of matching funds from the chambers of commerce or convention and visitors bureaus of the eleven counties, the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Association, the Tennessee Valley Authority, and several corporate sponsors.[1] The trail was dedicated on September 30, 2005.[2]

Sites[edit]

Information below is presented in more detail in the North Alabama Birding Trail: Visitor Guide (and is the source material for table).

Site Number Name Coordinates
1 Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area - Kiosk Site 34°39′34″N 87°06′37″W / 34.6594°N 87.1104°W / 34.6594; -87.1104 (1. Mallard Fox Creek Wildlife Management Area)
2 Wheeler Dam South Landing 34°47′38″N 87°23′14″W / 34.7940°N 87.3872°W / 34.7940; -87.3872 (2. Wheeler Dam South Landing)
3 Joe Wheeler State Park 34°50′10″N 87°22′05″W / 34.8360°N 87.3680°W / 34.8360; -87.3680 (3. Joe Wheeler State Park)
4 Town Creek Marsh 34°46′12″N 87°26′28″W / 34.7700°N 87.4410°W / 34.7700; -87.4410 (4. Town Creek Marsh)
5 Leighton Ponds 34°43′23″N 87°28′37″W / 34.7230°N 87.4770°W / 34.7230; -87.4770 (5. Leighton Ponds)
6 Wilson Dam Visitor Center - Kiosk Site 34°47′36″N 87°37′55″W / 34.7934°N 87.6320°W / 34.7934; -87.6320 (6. Wilson Dam Visitor Center)
7 Wilson Dam Rockpile Recreation Area 34°47′35″N 87°37′55″W / 34.7930°N 87.6320°W / 34.7930; -87.6320 (7. Wilson Dam Rockpile Recreation Area)
8 Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation 34°46′49″N 87°39′17″W / 34.7803°N 87.6546°W / 34.7803; -87.6546 (8. Tennessee Valley Authority Reservation)
9 Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge - Kiosk Site 34°45′47″N 87°46′54″W / 34.7630°N 87.7818°W / 34.7630; -87.7818 (9. Key Cave National Wildlife Refuge)
10 Natchez Trace Parkway Rock Springs Nature Trail 34°51′29″N 87°54′22″W / 34.8580°N 87.9060°W / 34.8580; -87.9060 (10. Natchez Trace Parkway Rock Springs Nature Trail)
11 Waterloo 34°55′52″N 88°02′21″W / 34.9310°N 88.0391°W / 34.9310; -88.0391 (11. Waterloo)
12 Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry 34°50′24″N 87°56′43″W / 34.8400°N 87.9452°W / 34.8400; -87.9452 (12. Natchez Trace Parkway Colbert Ferry)
13 Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area Walking Trail 34°38′53″N 87°59′25″W / 34.6480°N 87.9902°W / 34.6480; -87.9902 (13. Freedom Hills Wildlife Management Area Walking Trail)
14 Bankhead National Forest - Central Firetower - Kiosk Site 34°20′43″N 87°20′21″W / 34.3452°N 87.3393°W / 34.3452; -87.3393 (14. Bankhead National Forest - Central Firetower)
15 Bankhead National Forest Sipsey Wilderness Trailhead 34°17′07″N 87°23′55″W / 34.2854°N 87.3986°W / 34.2854; -87.3986 (15. Bankhead National Forest Sipsey Wilderness Trailhead)
16 Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center 34°32′53″N 86°57′02″W / 34.5480°N 86.9505°W / 34.5480; -86.9505 (16. Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center)
17 Decatur Hospitality Nature Park - Kiosk Site 34°37′40″N 86°57′29″W / 34.6277°N 86.9580°W / 34.6277; -86.9580 (17. Decatur Hospitality Nature Park)
18 BP-Amoco Environmental Trail 34°37′48″N 87°03′09″W / 34.6300°N 87.0525°W / 34.6300; -87.0525 (18. BP-Amoco Environmental Trail)
19 3M Wildlife Area - Kiosk Site 34°37′58″N 87°03′06″W / 34.6329°N 87.0516°W / 34.6329; -87.0516 (19. 3M Wildlife Area)
20 Wheeler NWR - White Springs Dike 34°37′44″N 87°57′07″W / 34.6290°N 87.9520°W / 34.6290; -87.9520 (20. Wheeler NWR - White Springs Dike)
21 Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area 34°40′41″N 87°00′12″W / 34.6780°N 87.0033°W / 34.6780; -87.0033 (21. Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area)
22 Round Island Recreation Area 34°41′06″N 87°04′14″W / 34.6850°N 87.0705°W / 34.6850; -87.0705 (22. Round Island Recreation Area)
23 Wheeler NWR - Arrowhead Landing 34°36′18″N 86°53′32″W / 34.6050°N 86.8922°W / 34.6050; -86.8922 (23. Wheeler NWR - Arrowhead Landing)
24 Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Peninsula Tower 34°36′40″N 86°51′13″W / 34.6110°N 86.8537°W / 34.6110; -86.8537 (24. Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Peninsula Tower)
25 Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk 34°38′56″N 86°49′08″W / 34.6490°N 86.8190°W / 34.6490; -86.8190 (25. Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk)
26 Wheeler NWR - Blackwell Swamp 34°34′37″N 86°46′56″W / 34.5770°N 86.7822°W / 34.5770; -86.7822 (26. Wheeler NWR - Blackwell Swamp)
27 Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station 34°54′09″N 86°33′35″W / 34.9025°N 86.5596°W / 34.9025; -86.5596 (27. Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station)
28 Madison County Public Lake 34°48′41″N 86°23′38″W / 34.8115°N 86.3940°W / 34.8115; -86.3940 (28. Madison County Public Lake)
29 Monte Sano State Park 34°44′49″N 86°30′37″W / 34.7470°N 86.5104°W / 34.7470; -86.5104 (29. Monte Sano State Park)
30 Hays Nature Preserve 34°38′31″N 86°28′14″W / 34.6420°N 86.4706°W / 34.6420; -86.4706 (30. Hays Nature Preserve)
31 Wheeler NWR - Cave Springs 34°32′49″N 86°51′04″W / 34.5470°N 86.8510°W / 34.5470; -86.8510 (31. Wheeler NWR - Cave Springs)
32 Hurricane Creek Park - Kiosk Site 34°17′10″N 86°53′42″W / 34.2860°N 86.8950°W / 34.2860; -86.8950 (32. Hurricane Creek Park)
33 Wheeler NWR - Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail 34°30′25″N 86°57′19″W / 34.5070°N 86.9552°W / 34.5070; -86.9552 (33. Wheeler NWR - Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail)
34 Lake Guntersville State Park, Town Creek and Drive - Kiosk Site 34°22′11″N 86°13′01″W / 34.3697°N 86.2169°W / 34.3697; -86.2169 (34. Lake Guntersville State Park, Town Creek and Drive)
35 Guntersville Peninsula 34°21′47″N 86°17′30″W / 34.3630°N 86.2916°W / 34.3630; -86.2916 (35. Guntersville Peninsula)
36 Guntersville Dam South 34°25′30″N 86°23′35″W / 34.4250°N 86.3930°W / 34.4250; -86.3930 (36. Guntersville Dam South)
37 Guntersville Dam North 34°25′30″N 86°23′35″W / 34.4250°N 86.3930°W / 34.4250; -86.3930 (37. Guntersville Dam North)
38 Goose Pond Colony 34°34′27″N 86°04′51″W / 34.5743°N 86.0807°W / 34.5743; -86.0807 (38. Goose Pond Colony)
39 North Sauty Creek WMA/Sauta Cave NWR 34°37′08″N 86°07′52″W / 34.6190°N 86.1312°W / 34.6190; -86.1312 (39. North Sauty Creek WMA/Sauta Cave NWR)
40 Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve - Kiosk Site 34°40′21″N 86°19′42″W / 34.6725°N 86.3282°W / 34.6725; -86.3282 (40. Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve)
41 Skyline Wildlife Management Area 34°51′12″N 86°07′52″W / 34.8534°N 86.1310°W / 34.8534; -86.1310 (41. Skyline Wildlife Management Area)
42 Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area 34°46′36″N 85°51′33″W / 34.7768°N 85.8593°W / 34.7768; -85.8593 (42. Mud Creek Wildlife Management Area)
43 Stevenson Town Park 34°51′01″N 85°50′03″W / 34.8502°N 85.8342°W / 34.8502; -85.8342 (43. Stevenson Town Park)
44 Russell Cave National Monument 34°58′37″N 85°48′20″W / 34.9770°N 85.8056°W / 34.9770; -85.8056 (44. Russell Cave National Monument)
45 Gorham’s Bluff/Coon Gulf 34°44′06″N 85°50′05″W / 34.7350°N 85.8347°W / 34.7350; -85.8347 (45. Gorham’s Bluff/Coon Gulf)
46 DeKalb County Public Lake 34°34′35″N 85°48′22″W / 34.5764°N 85.8060°W / 34.5764; -85.8060 (46. DeKalb County Public Lake)
47 DeSoto State Park - Azalea Cascade Trail 34°29′56″N 85°37′04″W / 34.4990°N 85.6178°W / 34.4990; -85.6178 (47. DeSoto State Park - Azalea Cascade Trail)
48 Little River Canyon National Preserve Drive 34°21′04″N 85°40′31″W / 34.3510°N 85.6752°W / 34.3510; -85.6752 (48. Little River Canyon National Preserve Drive)
49 Buck’s Pocket State Park, Morgan’s Cove, and South Sauty Creek 34°27′53″N 86°05′30″W / 34.4648°N 86.0918°W / 34.4648; -86.0918 (49. Buck’s Pocket State Park, Morgan’s Cove, and South Sauty Creek)
50 Murphy Hill 34°28′22″N 86°10′20″W / 34.4729°N 86.1722°W / 34.4729; -86.1722 (50. Murphy Hill)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Frequently Asked Questions". North Alabama Birding Trail. Retrieved 2012-03-18. 
  2. ^ Fleischauer, Eric (September 11, 2005). "Bird watchers chirping - North Alabama Trail provides beauty, lure to businesses". Decatur Daily. Retrieved 2006-10-29. 

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