5 Rivers Delta Resource Center’s name recognizes the five rivers of the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, which include the Mobile, Spanish, Tensaw, Apalachee and Blakeley Rivers (from west to east) that flow into Mobile Bay. The Center itself sits on the banks of one of the canals of this vast delta. These drainages encompass over 250,000 acres of meandering waterways, floodplain forests and extensive wetlands. The center features an exhibit hall, theater, gift shop, Delta boat tours, canoe and kayak rentals, hiking trails, and picnic areas.
The decks of the Delta Hall and the perimeter trail around the facility provide excellent vantage points to observe birds that are representative of the lower Mobile- Tensaw Delta marsh and waterways. In spring and summer look for Brown Pelican, Osprey, King Rail, Marsh Wren and several species of herons and egrets. Occasionally, Least Bittern and Purple Gallinule may be encountered along the margins of the emergent marsh. Painted Bunting may also be possible in the thickets near the buildings. In fall, you may see rafts of American White Pelicans foraging. In winter, the vegetation along the water’s edge is good habitat for Gray Catbird and a variety of sparrows. Across from the Delta Hall are hiking trails that meander through a grove of live oaks. Check here for migrants in spring and fall.
DIRECTIONS: If following directions provided in the Coastal Birding Trail booklet, leaving Meaher State Park, proceed directly across US 90/98/31 and follow the signs to 5 Rivers Delta Resource Center. This facility is managed by the ADCNR State Lands Division for outdoor recreation, conservation and land stewardship.
GPS: N30.67511 W-87.93106
5 Rivers Delta Resource Center
30945 Five Rivers Blvd.
Spanish Fort, AL 36527