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 visit in the summer might not impress, once fall is in the air, this drastically changes.
During the colder months, the broad observation platform is situated right in the center of an ‘all-the-birds-can-eat’ buffet. Every morning and evening, hundreds of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese fill the fields, loafing about or picking at the seeds from last summer’s crop. This wonderful concentration of bird life should be checked carefully for unusual ‘hangers-on’ such as Greater White-fronted and Ross’ geese. Horned Larks and American Pipit may be found feeding in the fields.
Directions: From the intersection of I-565 and Greenbrier Road, near Greenbrier, take exit 3 onto Greenbrier Road. Travel 1.8 miles south to the road fork. Take the right fork and travel 0.6 mile until the road turns sharply to the right, but continue straight ahead onto the gravel road and take an immediate left. Tower will be visible a couple hundred yards farther along the gravel refuge road on the right.
GPS: N 34.6110, W 86.8537
Amenities: Lookout Tower, Parking, Handicap Access
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS)
2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603