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FLFR offers a unique opportunity to tour and learn about the wildlife wintering at Wheeler Refuge by visiting with an expert, Anne G. Miller, in the field.

Anne founded Alabama’s first wildlife rehabilitation program, now the Alabama Wildlife Center, in 1977. Since retirement in 2008, she has trained wildlife rehab leaders to reunite young wild animals with their parents. She led the joint effort to create birding trails throughout Alabama and presided over the Alabama Ornithological Society, and remains an active board member.

The Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge is home to Alabama’s largest concentration of wintering waterfowl, including about 2,000 geese and 75,000 ducks. Ducks first appear in September, and numbers grow until January.
In recent years, an increasing population of Sandhill Cranes – as many as 12,000 birds – come November through early February. Joining them are endangered Whooping Cranes, including some reintroduced through Operation Migration.

Dress for the weather, wear comfortable walking shoes and bring a brown bag lunch. There is no entry charge at the Wheeler Center. This activity is free. We will carpool to and from the Hayden Corner Park and Ride. If you live close to the Wheeler Center or in northern Alabama we will meet you at the entrance at 10:15 am. Please click here to pre-sign the waiver and receive additional information. Expect a confirmation email from If you don’t receive it within 72 hours check your spam or email us. Please submit one registration per adult /family so that each adult pre-signs the waiver electronically. For additional information, like us on Facebook, or email


Date: Saturday January 20, 2018
Time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm
Location: Meet at Hayden/Corner Park and Ride, 171 Alabama Hwy 160, Warrior, AL 35180