Welcome to the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries...
 Come Bird With Us!
 

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries

Coastal Birding
 
Coastal Birding
 
 
We remind all birders to exercise great care in enjoying the birds of our coast; care for the birds and their habitat, care for the property owners who host our avian visitors, and care for other birders.
Thank you!
 

Dauphin Island , Alabama is one of the top birding spots in the Southeast. An incredible 347 species have been reported on the island. Spring migration is the first landfall for many Neotropical birds who make the 600-mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula. Under adverse weather conditions, large flocks of exhausted birds of many species may seek shelter on the Island in a truly spectacular "fall-out".

Fall migration, which begins as early as July, can also be a very rewarding time on the Island for birders. During this time, shore birds begin to gather on the Island to store up energy for their long, Neotropical flight. The Island is also ideal for birding in winter, even in the absence of the fall migrants. Many permanent species reside on the Island , and a variety of waterfowl, seabirds, and shore birds fly in during the winter season.

The entire Island is a Bird Sanctuary in which rewarding observations can be made in any of its public areas including parks, beaches, dunes, wetlands and quiet streets. The Alabama Ornithological Society meets yearly on Dauphin Island in both April and October to enjoy the birding, fine fellowship, and great seafood. Visitors are always welcome to participate in field trips and other such activities. Anytime is good birding time on Dauphin Island.

 

 

Anywhere you see this sign:
Coastal Birding
The Habitat you are viewing has been protected....forever!
 

The Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuaries are an informal collaboration between conservation-minded agencies and organizations dedicated to the preservation of critical bird habitat on the Island and to the promotion of birding and other forms of ecotourism activities. Agencies included are the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board (DIPBB), and the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (DIBS). DIBS has raised over $1.3M for the protection of critical habitat, through hundreds of generous donations from individuals and through the support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation/ Shell Marine Habitat Program, The Moorer Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, the Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, the Diane and Tram Sessions Foundation, the Birmingham Audubon Society, and the Alabama Ornithological Society.