So what is Bon Secour?? It was established in 1980 as a wildlife refuge and surrounds and protects some of Alabama's last undisturbed coastal barrier habitat. The refuge is approximately 7,000 acres of coastal land which includes the constantly changing beach dunes, the woodlands and wetlands. It is only fitting that the name Bon Secour is a French word meaning "safe harbor" since it is home to many endangered species!!
Bon Secour is open year-round during daylight hours and you will find people hiking, photographing, fishing and just observing nature.
Spring migration begins in March and peaks in early April. The sea turtle nesting occurs May-October. Fall migration begins in August and peaks mid-October. The Monarch butterfly migration is mid-October. We actually saw lots of these beautiful butterflies while visiting Bon Secour even though it is November.
During September and October there is a beautiful show of wildflowers!!
|Sand Dunes in Bon Secour|
Although we didn't see any of the following they are seen year-round in the refuge - bobcat, squirrels, marsh and cottontail rabbits, opossum, raccoons, alligators, skinks, and nine banded armadillos.
|The End of Bon Secour led us to the Gulf|