The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is a 35,000-acre span of nationally protected woodlands and wetlands. The refuge follows along the Tennessee River and is just one of the man that exists as a part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Wheeler offers all the refreshing and revitalizing outdoor activities you would hope for: hiking trails, boardwalks, and access points for water activities like boating, fishing, and kayaking, along with other natural attractions. What makes the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge special though is that it is a fantastic spot for birdwatching, especially during the winter months. You can see graceful native and migratory bird species, and if you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the Whooping Crane—an endangered crane species named for its horn-like “whoop.” Come hear the “whoop” for yourself as you enjoy the purest and safest way to appreciate the Alabama wild.
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