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Wheeler Wildlife Refuge

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Address: Rte 67, Decatur, AL 35603
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Great Birding Experience

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... read more

Reviewed 21 January 2017
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Mountain Brook
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Reviewed 21 January 2017 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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Reviewed 18 January 2017 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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Birmingham, Alabama, United States
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Reviewed 14 January 2017

The visitor center is a great place to start your visit to the refuge - information, many displays, an auditorium for programs, nice restrooms and helpful staff. There is no charge to visit the Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, but they do appreciate donations. They also offer a nice variety of items for sale - cash or check only. A short walk... More 

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Trafford
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18 reviews
4 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 28 December 2016

An amazing place. We were fortunate to be able to go during peak birding time. The main attraction were the Whooping Cranes, we saw 8 of the beautiful birds. There were also thousands of sandhill cranes and various species of ducks.

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Beautiful. We saw thousands of cranes- even some whooping cranes. The visitor center is welcoming and beautifully done. The volunteers were helpful and friendly. What a wonderful place - and free!

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Reviewed 14 November 2016 via mobile

Wheeler Wildlife Refuge, Joe Wheeler State Park, Wheeler Dam and Lock..... make for a beautiful and relaxing day. We are looking forward to staying in the cabins at the State Park soon :)

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Huntsville, Alabama
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Reviewed 24 October 2016

It is free! Nice small picnic area and a small museum with a movie; variety of walking trails and an overlook; different things to see at different times of the year; great place to take school groups, scouts, and for families and couples who enjoy being outside

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Decatur, Alabama
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Reviewed 18 October 2016

Well maintained federal refuge with ( heated & cooled) great bird viewing center through the woods. Office area has auditorium and several very goof wildlife displays. .

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Thank Al_Badger
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

It is centrally located on hwy 67 between decatur and priceville. They have a small Museum for nature lovers along with several trails.

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Reviewed 29 September 2016

Very unique place for birds in Decatur. Open area. Helpful staff. lots of birds. Has small museum for birds too.

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