Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge has Alabama’s some of the remaining undisturbed coastal barrier habitat. Bon Secour is a French word meaning ‘safe harbor’. It provides sanctuary for the native flora and fauna. In the middle of so many developments, Bon Secour is a natural retreat of wild lands. Here wildlife can live without getting harmed.
The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge was formed in 1989 by the Congress. This was developed to protect neotropical migratory songbird habitat. There were also many endangered and threatened species. This place is an important stopover and staging habitat for neotropical migratory songbirds. This mainly happens during the fall and spring migration along the coastline of Alabama. This area is used for resting and building up their fat reserves. It is also a habitat for endangered Alabama beach mouse. Because of coastal development, the beach mice now have lesser number of habitats. Loggerhead, Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles nest on the beaches of this refuge. There are conservation strategies under the Endangered Species Act to protect the turtles. There is on-site nest monitoring and protection. Educational programs are also available to raise public ethic. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge protects these endangered habitats. It is also a living laboratory for scientist’s and students. It is also a recreation centre for those who enjoy viewing wildlife.
You can find various kinds of wildlife here. But there are many animals who are nocturnal or hides in their home; so visitors cannot see them. You should hike quietly so that the wildlife is not disturbed. You should always check out the signs of wildlife. There are more than 360 species of birds here. During Spring and Fall many migratory birds come here for resting. The environment becomes very colorful and something worth watching.
On the way to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge, you can stop over at Fort Morgan. There are budget motel with complimentary Wi-Fi in Fort Morgan CO. You can enjoy the beaches and the parks here. There are some great hiking trails here. The food is great and so the people. You can simply relax here for a day and two before heading again towards Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. The government is taking lots of measures to protect wildlife habitats and endangered species. Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is an example of such a noble effort. The government is also taking initiatives to educate people regarding protection of wildlife species.