The ancient and storied Goat Trees of Dauphin Island no longer shelter goats but rather harbor the warblers, tanagers and vireos that pay their twice a year visit during migration.
Listed in the National Wetlands Inventory, these small wooded areas host many migrants and residents alike. Bird the trails amongst the large Live Oaks and walk the perimeter streets. According to local legend, these trees served as shelter for the island’s wild goats that climbed the trees at night so they could rest protected from roaming alligators. Thus, the name “Goat Trees.”
Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuary purchased these four lots in 2002 and did some minimal clearing lo open the dense underbrush for birds and birders. It is now a habitat protected in perpetuity. This location is very close to Shell Mound Park.
GPS: N30.25333 W-88.10172
If following directions provided in the Coastal Birding Trail booklet, after leaving Shell Mound Park turn left (east) onto Cadillac Avenue and continue east to Grant Street [0.4]. Park on the shoulder out of the traffic.