The John W Sellars – Lebanon Chapter of the Tennessee Ornithological Society will be birding the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge [ Wheeler NWR website ] near Decatur Alabama on Saturday, 16 January 2016. This field trip will take the place of our regularly scheduled meeting. Those who wish to attend should meet at the Wheeler NWR Visitor Center at 9:00 AM Saturday morning. Plans are to bird the refuge all morning, then have lunch at a nearby restaurant, then more birding in the afternoon. Expect to see Sandhill cranes, whooping cranes, lots of ducks and geese, and many other birds. Be sure to bring your binoculars, water to drink, and dress appropriately.
The refuge visitor center is located at 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Click the image below for the [ Google map ]. The lat/long coordinates for the visitor center are: 34.54742, -86.951081
In the event of continued flooding, or closure of the refuge at Wheeeler, our field trip will be diverted to Woods Reservoir. The situation at Wheeler NWR should be more evident as our field trip date approaches. Check this website for any changes to our plans. If you would like to receive an email with final plans for our field trip once they are firmed up, contact Melissa at firstname.lastname@example.org .