The BP-Amoco Environmental Trail (Site #18, Central Loop) is situated the middle of the extensive agricultural fields that lie just west of Decatur. BP-Amoco has preserved this corner of prime woodland and marsh habitat for waterfowl and possibly rails. This area is worth stopping to check for marshland residents such as Red-winged Blackbirds and Common Yellowthroats during spring and summer months. At other times of the year, the marsh could produce a variety of waterfowl including Wood Ducks and American Coots. Some careful searching could also turn up a Virginia Rail or Sora. The neighboring woodlands host a variety of nesting songbirds, and the fields should be checked for wintering sparrows. While not open to the general public, the nearby Wetland’s Edge Learning Center is available for school groups.
Directions: In north Decatur at the intersection of US Highway 31 and AL Highway 20/Alternate US Highway 72 (this is at the south end of the Hudson Bridge just before it crosses the Tennessee River), take Highway 20/Alternate 72 west 4.7 miles to Finley Island Road. Turn right onto Finley Island Road and go 0.9 mile to the signboard and marsh overlook on the left (west) side.
GPS: N 34.6300, W 87.0525
PO Box 2215
Decatur, AL 25609