Decatur Hospitality Nature Park

Wetlands/Credit: Joe Watts

The Decatur Hospitality Nature Park (Site 17, Central Loop),  nearby US Highway 31 Causeway, and the Decatur Boat Harbor provide a great opportunity to scan the waters of the Tennessee River for winter waterfowl and shorebirds. This area is one of the …

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Round Island Recreation Area

Double-crested Cormorant/Credit: Paul Franklin

Round Island Recreation Area  (Site #22, Central Loop) provides access to the north side of the Tennessee River and an excellent vantage point for viewing winter waterfowl as well as cormorants, loons, and grebes. The pine woodland that surrounds the c …

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Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area

Killdeer/Credit: Robert Burton/USFWS

Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area (Site # 21, Central Loop) on the Tennessee River is managed for waterfowl and small game, although it supports many more species. Mudflats can be covered with shorebirds, serving as a key attraction to this area in t …

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Wheeler NWR – Arrowhead Landing

Red-breasted Merganser/Credit: Dave Menke/USFWS

Arrowhead Landing  (Site # 23, Central Loop) is located on Limestone Bay, another corner of the fertile Wheeler Reservoir and the Tennessee River. There is an outstanding view of the bay and the wooded areas on Beaverdam Peninsula. Watch the open water …

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Wheeler NWR – Beaverdam Peninsula Tower

Sandhill Cranes/Credit: Robert Burton/USFWS

A visit to the Beaverdam Peninsula Tower  (Site #24, Northeast Loop) in the summer may make visitors wonder why the tower is even mentioned. This broad observation platform sits in wheat and corn fields dotted with a few Red-winged Blackbirds. While a …

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Wheeler NWR – Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk

Downy Woodpecker/Credit: Paul Franklin

The Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk  (Site #25, Central Loop) leads the visitor into the heart of the largest Tupelo Swamp in Alabama. While exploring the boardwalk, watch the canopy for active flocks of Tufted Titmice, Red-eyed Vireos, and warblers. The swa …

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Wheeler NWR – White Springs Dike

Yellow Warbler/Credit: Paul Franklin

White Springs Dike (Site #20, Central Loop) on Wheeler NWR is one of the premier birding sites of the Tennessee River Valley in Alabama. The dike runs between a de-watering area on the north side and the Tennessee River on the south. Intrepid birders c …

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