GLOBAL WILDLIFE CENTER
It’s Africa, in Louisiana! Photo safari.
8:00a.m. – 6:00p.m.
How long is a giraffe’s tongue? You’ll see when you feed one from your souvenir feed cup! Bring your camera for this wild adventure at the largest totally free-roaming wildlife preserve in the country. From custom-built covered safari wagons, we’ll come face-to-face with animals such as bison, giraffes, camels, and zebras. Located in Folsom, Louisiana, the Global Wildlife Center is home to more than 4,000 exotic, endangered, and threatened animals. Lunch will be served at Hammond’s Jacmel Inn, which received another excellent rating in the Zagat Survey of New Orleans restaurants.
Courtesy Dolphin Ecology Project
CRUISIN’ THE GULF COAST
In search of Wild Dolphins at play! 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
The folks from Dolphins Down Under will meet us at the marina in Orange Beach for a cruise on their 45-foot glass-bottom boat. The captain and crew will guide us on an exciting, informative tour that lasts one-and-one-half hours. While on our way to find dolphins at play, we’ll spot other wetland creatures and birds in the bay area. Lunch at LuLu’s Homeport Marina in Gulf Shores. Whether you choose L.A. Caviar (black-eyed pea salsa of sorts) or a Fried Green Tomato BLT, you are sure to walk away happy…and full.
BON SECOUR NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
A safe haven for wildlife. 9:00a.m. – 4:00p.m.
Three mile hike to the sea, over dunes as high as houses! These dunes are a reminder of the Gulf Coast as it once existed. Thus the refuge has been named as one of the 10 natural wonders of Alabama, an important migratory flyway for birds and butterflies. We’ll also visit about ’gators, hurricanes, sea oats restoration, turtle hatchings, and beach mouse habitat.
BON SECOUR, THE VILLAGE
Originally a late 19th-century French fishing village, Bon Secour, meaning ‘Safe Harbor,’ is located on the Bon Secour River. A picturesque village of old homes, huge oak trees, shore birds, and shrimp boats lining the shore. Major fisheries there ship fresh local seafood to all areas of the country. (We’ll have a cooler aboard for your supper purchases.) Lunch at LuLu’s Homeport Marina, for mounds of shrimp and oysters or Crazy Sista’s version of a Cheeseburger in Paradise.
SPLINTER HILL BOG
One of North America’s most spectacular habitats. 9:00a.m. – 3:00p.m.
Fred Nation, botanist, will conduct the nature field trip into Splinter Hill Bog, located in the headwaters of the Perdido River. The bog is your Nature Conservancy dollars at work in joint project with the state of Alabama. Much of the bog is occupied by one of the largest and most impressive pitcher plant bogs in the world. In addition to many species of pitcher plants is an abundance of other plant species. Fred, freelance writer in Daphne, is an acknowledged authority on coastal habitats. His entertaining book, Where the Wild Illicium Grows, is chock-full of stories about Bartram, bogs, and boondocking. Fred is in great demand as a lecturer and field guide. Relax over lunch at the Stagecoach Café in Historic Stockton. The peach cobbler alone is worth the trip.
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