9:30 am - 5:00 pm
Date: Friday, October 10th
Time: 9:30 am
Location: 12295 State Highway 180, Gulf Shores, AL
Cost: Free Registration: Via registration form @ https://www.mobilemrcs.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/FieldTripForm.pdf.
Registration deadline: Friday, October 3rd
The Bon Secour NWR contains 7,000 acres of wildlife habitat for migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse. The name Bon Secour comes from the French meaning “safe harbor,” very appropriate considering the sanctuary for native flora and fauna that the refuge provides. The refuge serves the additional benefit of comprising one of the largest undeveloped parcels of land on the Alabama coast. Its dunes are a reminder of the Gulf Coast, as it once existed. As a consequence, the refuge has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama. More than 370 species of birds have been identified on the refuge during migratory seasons. The largest are usually ospreys and several species of herons. At the other extreme, seven species of hummingbirds have been identified. Mammals such as red fox, coyotes, and armadillos are also present. Refuge beaches support nest densities as high as, or higher, than many areas along the Northern Gulf Coast with 4.5-5 nests/mile. Loggerhead and Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles have been documented nesting on Bon Secour NWR. Leatherback and green sea turtles also occur in gulf waters and along refuge beaches. During our time at the NWR, we will meet with park staff to study a sea turtle nest and learn about sea turtle habitats, nesting, migration, and how our beautiful Gulf Coast serves as a vital part in the sea turtles survival.
This field trip is geared for all ages. The park staff can provide enough instructors that we are able to have an elementary group, a middle school group, and a high school group to facilitate learning appropriate to each age range. Please register early so we can let them know how many of each age group will be attending.
The NWR has also invited us to spend the day at their gorgeous beach. Be sure to bring your towel, sunblock, lunch, and water for a fantastic day on the coast! http://www.fws.gov/bonsecour/