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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
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The staff does a wonderful job sharing stories of interest about wildlife. Also pointed us to a wonderful price for admittance to all national parks for seniors.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

The staff does a wonderful job sharing stories of interest about wildlife. Also pointed us to a wonderful price for admittance to all national parks for seniors.

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Kentucky
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Spent the morning watching SandHill and Whooping Cranes along with a variety of duck species. Wonderful venue and many nice trails nearby.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Even before you enter the welcome center, you see paths which lead into the refuge, just begging for you to take them. Inside the center, you will see a number of interesting displays which teaches the ecosystem. A video presentation is quite informative. Just a short walk to the observation building where, under the cover and silence of the building,... More 

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Thank Ellis C
Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My husband had visited before and knew I'd love the refuge and he was correct. The nature center is enjoyable although one exhibit was difficult to see details because the lights were so bright. The tv loop with the interview was fun to watch. Absolutely adored the birding observation building. There were many people there that made it a regular... More 

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Thank cindyannsmith
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sand hill cranes and a few whooping cranes mixed in. Can't miss them. You can hear and see them from the visitor center.

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Thank umas7
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were happy to stumble onto this beautify bird refuge. Over 700 Heron were hanging out and the it's easy to take the short walk to the inside heated/cooled observation area. Great to visit and it's free.

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Thank Charles R
Huntsville, Alabama
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Seeing the Whopping Cranes is an experience of a lifetime. December through January is the best time. Their numbers that arrive at Wheeler vary each year. We have been twice this season and in December we saw 7 and in January we saw only 1. However, the Sandhill Cranes were in abundance and are a treat to view. They are... More 

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Thank RockytotheMax
Decatur, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you are a bird enthusiast, you will be in heaven. Whooping cranes, Sand Hill cranes, ducks, geese, egrets, herons. They love this place. 19,000 Sand Hill Cranes this year. We also have osprey, eagles, hawks, owls. Great viewing centers!

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Thank 572janaf
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Thousands of sandhill cranes are viewable from around November to early March. In January we saw those as well as whooping cranes, green wing teals, mergansers, hooded mergansers, American wigeon, white pelicans, buffleheads, snow goose, northern harriers, northern shovelers and ring neck duck. Only a short walk from the visitors center and you arrive at the observatory building. Heated in... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My hus and and I enjoy walking the trails . This is a good weekend trip to take your family . Would even be a good lesson for homeschooling day . Watching turtles , birds and ducks in natural habitat

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