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Central Loop

16 - Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center


17 - Decatur Hospitality Nature Park - Kiosk Site


18 - BP-Amoco Environmental Trail
(Trail Closed Through Summer 2016)



20 - Wheeler NWR - White Springs Dike


21 - Swan Creek Wildlife Management Area


22 - Round Island Recreation Area


23 - Wheeler NWR - Arrowhead Landing


24 - Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Peninsula Tower


25 - Wheeler NWR - Beaverdam Swamp Boardwalk


26 - Wheeler NWR - Blackwell Swamp


27 - Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station


28 - Madison County Public Lake


29 - Monte Sano State Park


30 - Hays Nature Preserve


31 - Wheeler NWR - Cave Springs


32 - Hurricane Creek Park - Kiosk Site


33 - Wheeler NWR - Dancy Bottoms Nature Trail

Northeast Loop
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Site #27
Winfred Thomas Agricultural Research Station

Central Loop

Dickcissel Description: The extensive grasslands and agricultural fields associated with Alabama A&M’s field station provide a rare area of open country filled with native birds. Bird the area by making frequent stops, and look for Grasshopper Sparrows, Dickcissel, and Eastern Meadowlarks. Scan the open agriculture fields for other sparrows such as Chipping and Field. In winter, these fields host Northern Harriers and Short-eared Owls, which can be seen patrolling over the extensive grasslands. The star attraction at the research station are the Scissor-tailed Flycatchers, which can be found in spring and early summer perched on small trees and fences across the area.

Directions: From the intersection of I-565 and US 231/431 (Memorial Parkway) in Huntsville, AL, take Exit 19B onto US 231/431 and drive 12.5 miles north. Turn right (east) onto Walker Lane and go 0.6 mile to the ARS sign and gate on the right. Visitors should note that the gate into the field station is periodically closed, at which time only walk-in birding is allowed.  Get map from MapQuest (new window will open)

GPS Coordinates: N 34.9025, W 86.5596
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Fee: Free

Amenities: Driving Trail

Contact Info:
Alabama A&M Research Station
372 Walker Lane
Hazel Green, AL 35762
(256) 372-4248