Native wildlife at Joe Wheeler increases as winter approaches

As the winter season progresses, more birds can be seen at Joe Wheeler.
As the winter season progresses, more birds can be seen at Joe Wheeler.

DECATUR, AL (WAFF) - From the Joe Wheeler Observation Building, you can see the birds making their way south for the winter. As the season progresses, you will see more birds.

Teresa J. Adams is a supervisory ranger for the facility.

"In October, we are just beginning to see some of the migratory water fowl coming in but not in large numbers," said Adams.

Right now egrets and pelicans dot the skies.

She said it will be a slow increase for the number of birds expected to be here. In mid-November, things will really start popping.

"It will start picking up the sand hill cranes and some of the other water fowl are the ducks that we winter, and the Canada geese that migrate will be coming in towards Thanksgiving," she added.

Each month brings move visitors.

"December, January is a great time. That's when we will see the largest numbers of water fowl in Wheeler," said Adams.

More of the native wildlife can be seen as winter approaches.

"Down at the observation building, you can stay down there for just a short period of time and you can see them come through the field - coyote, maybe a fox. We do still see the bald eagle. We have a nesting pair this year, close by," said Adams.

She said the eagles can often be seen from the observation tower on a daily basis.

The center is currently open seven days a week from 9 until 5 and there is no fee.

If you're looking for a good outing for the family, you can see all kinds of wildlife - whether it's in the flesh or the stuffed variety.   It's a good stop in Bobby's Bama.

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