Watch the migratory birds traveling to and from Central and South America.
Located in southwestern Alabama on the Gulf Coast, this bird sanctuary is a crucial pit stop for almost 350 different migratory bird species. One of the best times to visit is during the spring migration, which occurs between mid-March and early May. Fall is another active season for birding. If you're in Alabama in mid-September or October, this is another ideal time to see the Audubon Bird Sanctuary.
There are six different trails to explore at the sanctuary. Lake Loop Trail is ADA accessible and features a boardwalk leading from the parking lot through the maritime forest. Stop at Gallard Lake and look for waterfowl and turtles before heading back down to the parking lot. Pond View Trail is a 1-mile round-trip walk that goes around Gallard Lake to the beach. There is also a Swamp Overlook Trail, Dune Edge Trail, Upper Woodlands Trail, and Campground Trail. Be on the lookout for various birds, including ducks, loon, cormorants, flycatchers, cowbirds, warblers, and eagles. Enjoy the natural beauty of Dauphin Island at the Audubon Bird Sanctuary in Alabama.