Hays Nature Preserve

Wilson's Snipe/Credit: Paul Franklin

The Hays Nature Preserve  (Site #30, Central Loop) hosts several miles of paved trails that follow the Flint River and its associated oxbow lakes through low riparian habitat, old fields, and a golf course.  There are a total of 10 miles of trails that …

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Madison County Public Lake

Canada Goose/Credit: Paul Franklin

Madison County Public Lake (Site # 28, Central Loop) is best known for its fishing, but it also serves as an excellent introduction to northern Alabama’s birdlife. Scan the lake for wintering waterfowl or perhaps a family of resident Canada Geese and t …

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Monte Sano State Park

Indigo Bunting/Credit: Steve Maslowski/USFWS

Monte Sano State Park  (Site #29, Northeast Loop) sits atop a remnant ridge of the Cumberland Plateau, giving a fantastic view of the surrounding valleys and plateaus that cover northeastern Alabama. These islands in the sky are covered in thick hardwo …

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Wheeler NWR – Blackwell Swamp

Prothonotary Warbler/Credit: Mark Musselman/USFWS

Blackwell Swamp’s flooded woodland and marsh  (Site # 26, Central Loop)  can be explored by car, on foot, or by canoe. This extensive area hosts a variety of wetland species including Great Blue and Green herons and Great Egrets. The striking Prothonot …

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Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station

Central Loop, North Alabama | Madison | Best Seasons:
Field Sparrow/Credit: Paul Franklin

Alabama A&M’s Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station (Site #27, Central Loop) consists of  900 acres of grasslands and agricultural fields, providing a rare area of open country filled with native birds. Bird the area by making frequent stops …

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