As one of the most biologically diverse states in the union, Alabama is home to a cornucopia of interesting species and creatures. In fact, of the 445 officially documented species that call Alabama home, 95% of them have been spotted on Dauphin Island. So, it’s no surprise that the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island AL would be a popular attraction for visitors to Alabama’s Gulf Coast. Come explore that island and see how many of the incredible creatures native to Alabama that you can spot! Here’s some of what you’ll see at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island AL.
Rich biodiversity is just one of the many things you’ll enjoy here on Alabama’s Gulf Coast! To make sure you get the most out of your vacation to the Gulf, be sure to download our free Vacation Guide. It’s full of great ideas for while you’re here. At Sunset Properties, we want you to have the vacation of a lifetime, right here on Alabama’s Gulf Coast.
Discover the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island AL
When you head out to Dauphin Island, you’ll find that things are a little different from the coast. This incredible island consists of 137 acres of maritime forest, dunes, marshes, plus a lake, swamp, and a beach. In addition to all this, there is also a three-mile trail system throughout the sanctuary. There are plenty of great ways to see the birds, explore, and relax. A big part of what makes the Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island AL such an important biological wonder is the fact that it is the first landfall for many neo-tropical migrant birds. They fly from the Gulf over Central and South America every spring. It is here that they first land from their long and arduous trip, and it is here that they find food and rest both in the springtime and in the fall. As a result, the National Audubon Society deems the sanctuary as “Globally Important” for the migrations of multiple species.
Take a Trail While You’re There
Lake Loop Trail (handicapped access) | 0.6 miles
The trail brings you through the maritime forest on a slightly elevated boardwalk, perfect for casual hikers to see turtles, alligator, and wading birds.
Campground Trail | 0.4 miles
Beginning at the campgrounds, take a hike from there to the beach where you’ll eventually run into the historic Fort Gaines.
Dune Edge Trail | 0.3 miles
Follow the beach meadow behind the main dune where an assortment of beach plants make an interesting habitat. The trail goes from the Swamp Overlook and passes the southern end of Gaillard Lake.
Swamp Overlook Trail | 0.8 miles
From the Banding Area to the overlook at the swamp, this trail takes you through the swamp where wintering woodland species may be.
Upper Woodland Trail | 1.7 miles
Starting at the northwest corner of the Lake Loop Trail, the Upper Woodland Trail goes along the firebreak on a wide path. It then takes hikers south through a pine forest and rejoins the southernmost firebreak, rejoining the Lake Loop Trail, as well.
Explore it All on Your Next Gulf Shores Vacation
The Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island AL is just one of many great things to do while you’re on the Gulf Coast. At Sunset Properties, we can help you make the most of your time here! Be sure to download our free Vacation Guide for great vacation ideas. Speaking of great ideas, browse our beautiful condos and beach houses for your vacation to the Gulf! They’re the perfect solution for your family vacation, romantic getaway, or long weekend. So, contact us today to book your Gulf Coast getaway!