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Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge

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2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603 United States
(256) 353-7243 http://www.fws.gov/wheeler/

December 2018

Wheeler NWR Audubon Christmas Bird Count (NABT)

December 15 @ 5:30 am - 5:00 pm
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603 United States
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The Audubon Christmas Bird Count is the oldest and largest citizen science event in the world. For over a hundred years, people have gathered during the winter holiday season to identify and count birds. In the process, they have created a vast pool of bird data that is a valuable source of information on the status and distribution of early winter bird populations. Parties of birders are assigned to different parts of a count circle, 15 miles in diameter, to…

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January 2019

Wheeler NWR -Beaverdam Peninsula Tower/Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24)

January 6, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603 United States
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Join us for another trip to one of our favorite birding areas, as we look for waterfowl, raptors, cranes, a variety of songbirds, etc. Expect to be behind locked refuge gates for 2-3 hours, afterwards lunching at Apple Lane Farms, for those interested. Take the Mooresville exit off I-565, go south on Mooresville Road and meet at the parking area near where it intersects with old Highway 20 (34.627442 -86.880186). – Dick Bruer, Leader (256-714-1992; dick.bruer@gmail.com)

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March 2019

Wheeler NWR-Limestone Bay/Arrowhead Landing/White Springs Dike (NABT #20, 23, 24)

March 2, 2019 @ 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603 United States
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Our final trip to White Springs Dike for the season is in its third year, at a time when we are usually taking a break, as waterfowl start moving out of the area, and prior to spring migration. Duck numbers are still usually good, but with less variety, with migrating Blue-winged Teal moving through, good numbers of Green-winged Teal and Shovelers around, etc. A couple of years ago we got a big surprise, with the presence of a beautiful male…

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April 2019

Wheeler NWR – Blackwell Swamp/Penny Bottoms/Buckeye (NABT #26)

April 14, 2019 @ 7:00 am - 11:00 am
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603 United States
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This area has been getting more attention lately as a prime birding spot. There is flooded woodland and marsh habitat here, which can be explored by car, on foot or by canoe. A variety of wetland species may be present, including Great Blue Heron, Great Egret and Green Heron, and perhaps some other less common species, such as Snowy Egret or Little Blue Heron. Common Gallinule and Anhinga are rarely found here and you might get a glimpse at an…

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Wheeler NWR Spring Migration Count (NABT)

April 27, 2019 @ 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, 2700 Refuge Headquarters Rd.
Decatur, AL 35603 United States
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The format for this count is similar to Christmas Counts – identify and count all birds seen or heard from dawn to late afternoon/dusk; different groups bird different parts of the refuge and nearby areas. Birders of all skill levels are welcome and needed, as we are usually short-handed for migration counts. Arrangements can also be made to spend part of the day counting for those who can’t commit to the whole day (morning or afternoon). We’ll regroup at the…

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