Visitors to Alabama’s Gulf Shores expect attractions and outdoor recreation that are associated with being located on the white sandy beaches between the Bon Secour Bay and the Gulf of Mexico. You expect fun in the sun and water with opportunities for sailing, fishing charters, scuba diving, golf, and relaxing in the warm glow of the sun. What visitors might not expect is to have easy access to acres of wildlife habitat for watching migratory birds, nesting sea turtles and the endangered Alabama beach mouse!
Martinique on the Gulf enjoys its unique location as a neighbor to the 4,200-acre Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Although regarded as a small wildlife refuge compared to most, visitors to the refuge can still enjoy guided and self-guided nature and bird trails. Spend an afternoon hiking the trails in search of endangered turtles, red fox, coyotes, alligators, or one of the more than 370 species of birds.
Habitats to discover wildlife include sand dunes, sea oats, beaches, scrub forest, fresh and saltwater marshes, fresh water swamps and uplands. This diverse range provides ample opportunity to discover many wildlife species in their natural habitat that most guests to Martinique would never have a chance to see otherwise. The Alabama Coastal Birding Trails are especially popular with many guests.
Bring your binoculars and perhaps a notepad and pencil and have fun recording all the species you find in your natural adventures at the Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. Make a game out of it with members of your group or new friends you’ve made along the way then compare notes when you return to your Gulf Shores rental home or condo.