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On the beach of a salt water lagoon, 1999
On the beach of a salt water lagoon, early morning. Tannins from decomposing vegetation make the water look dark. Photo: Edward Orth, 1999

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge

This 5,600-acre barrier island on the Alabama Gulf Coast provides crucial habitat for migrating songbirds on their long journey to nesting grounds in North America and on the return trip to Central and South America for the winter. Established as a wildlife refuge in 1980, it is home to an endangered species, the Alabama Beach Mouse. Threatened sea turtles nest on the beaches in summer. Year-round inhabitants include bobcat, coyote, alligators, and armadillos. Project documentation includes nine pages of text, 29 color slides with descriptions, a flyer, a map, brochures, and newspaper articles on Bon Secour.

Originally submitted by: Sonny Callahan, Representative (1st District).

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