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Coastal—Bird ID Walk: Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge


Pine Beach Trail at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

October 30 , 8:00 am 12:00 pm

Pre-registration is required by 12 p.m. CDT on Friday, October 29th, and attendance is limited.

Registration is now closed. Check out our upcoming events here.

Participants must complete the mandatory online waiver. Please do not request registration for others when submitting your request.

The Pine Beach Trail is an approximately three and a half mile trail located at Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. It travels through a variety of habitats including maritime forests, salt and freshwater marshes, lagoons, and sand dunes, ending on the beach at the Gulf. There is a two floor observation deck located about one mile in—giving a beautiful view of Little Lagoon and Gator Lake. 

The Details: We will meet at the Pine Beach Trail parking lot at 8:00 a.m. CDT. The parking lot is located just off of Highway 180, about nine miles west of the Route 59 intersection. The turn for the lot is on the southern side of the road. Use these coordinates for an exact location 30.247098, -87.829264.

Be sure to bring the usual supplies: binoculars, water, snacks, sunscreen, insect repellant, rain gear, and seasonally appropriate attire. In the case of inclement weather, the event may be cancelled. You may contact the trip leader the morning of the event if the weather is questionable.

Registration: To register, click on the button above. If you’re new to our online system and don’t yet have a username and password, simply click the “X” on the pop up and fill out the basic form. If you do have a login, please use it as this helps us tremendously on our end! You should receive an automated email upon registering.

Accessibility: The hike is of moderate difficulty. It is just under two miles one way—the first half on a gravel path and the second half on soft sand. 

Food: Options include local restaurants and fast food chains in Gulf Shores which is a ten minute drive from the trail or a lunch can be brought with you. Please remember to bring plenty of water!

The Birds: Since the trail passes through multiple habitats, we will be looking for birds varying from neotropical migrants like warblers and tanagers, to shore and sea birds including terns, sandpipers, and plovers!

Trip Leaders: Alabama Audubon’s Coastal Biologists, Olivia Morpeth and Sabrina Cobb, will be leading the trip. They can be reached at olivia@alaudubon.org and sabrina@alaudubon.org.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

Through more than seventy-five years of conservation work in one of our nation’s most ecologically rich states, Alabama Audubon has seen firsthand how diversity strengthens natural communities. We believe that the same principle applies to human communities, which is why our organization is committed to providing equitable opportunities for all Alabamians to learn about and enjoy wild birds, their habitats, and the natural world. One of the best ways to support that belief is by valuing and actively seeking to strengthen diversity among our staff, our board, and our membership. To that end, Alabama Audubon welcomes the whole of our community to our work, and strives to make our programs, classes, and events open and accessible to all.