Dauphin Island and its Audubon Bird Sanctuary, was selected by Wild Bird Magazine as one of the top four locations in North America for viewing spring migrations! It has also been cited as one of the ten most globally important sites for bird migrations. Over 95% of species documented in Alabama can be seen on Dauphin Island.
The Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island consists of 164 acres of maritime forest, marshes, and dunes, including a lake, a swamp and a beach. It is located at the Eastern end of Dauphin Island, a 14 mile-long barrier island situated off the Alabama Gulf coast. The Audubon Bird Sanctuary is of vital importance to migratory waterfowl, and it is the largest segment of protected forest on the island.
Dauphin Island Tips: Trails here are easy for all ages, bike friendly and some are wood decked. There are many benches where you can sit and relax. Pack your binoculars to get a close up view of the birds. If you have a little bread with you, the kids can feed the turtles. Bring water and enjoy the walk thru the trees out to the beach, then along the Gulf and back into the dunes.