"Basaic Bon Secour NWR Page" Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge by Basaic

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The Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge consists of 7000 acres in several different locations in Mobile and Baldwin Counties. The refuge protects beach/seashore and maritime forest habitats. Over 370 species of birds live in, or visit, the refuge which is also home to the endangered Alabama beach mouse which lives in the sand dunes and amongst the sea oats. Mammals such as the red fox, the armadillo, and coyotes can be seen here. In addition to the preservation of these areas, the refuge offers a variety of recreational opportunities. The name of the refuge "Bon Secour" comes from the French and means "Safe Harbor", a most appropriate name for a national wildlife refuge. This used to be a popular place to enjoy the sun without clothing but it is now posted "No Nudity". Your first stop should be the Visitors Center where you can pick up a brochure with a map of the refuge areas and other information to enhance the enjoyment of your visit.

Waterfront Area

The refuge includes beaches, waterfront areas, maritime forests, and other environments.


You can birdwatch, enjoy waterborne activities or hike on trails like the Jeff Friend Hiking Trail.

  • Last visit to Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge: Mar 2010
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Bwana_Brown's Profile Photo
    Aug 3, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    I too like exploring shorelines and trails through the local forests, lots of interesting things to see! You have some great photos here covering many aspects of their locations. I too am an avid bird watcher and I was particularly interested in your Heron photo. I always have a Peterson "Field Guide The Birds" book with me and it shows me that your Heron is actually a Great Blue Heron (the following page shows a Great White Heron which does not have the dark feathers at the top of the head or the small dark patch on the wings close to its neck). All the best, Bwana_Brown.

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    May 15, 2011 at 9:56 AM

    What great places to explore! I wish more folks would take advantage of such special places. Neat page Jim!

  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Mar 14, 2011 at 4:20 AM

    Looks like some wonderful bird life can be seen here. Some lovely beaches too. Too bad about the oil platform though. Kinda spoils the naturalness of it all.


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