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Whooping Cranes and Bald Eagles

For birding enthusiasts and nature lovers, a trip to North Alabama in January is an ideal time to visit. Over 14,000 Sandhill Cranes along with several pairs of rare Whooping Cranes spend the winter each year at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur. To celebrate, Wheeler Wildlife Refuge Association hosts a two day event the second weekend in January, bringing together experienced birders and those who would like to learn more about birding and other wildlife that call the Refuge home.

One of the country’s proudest living symbols takes center stage on weekends in January and February each year. Hosted by Lake Guntersville State Park, Eagle Awareness offers guided field trips for viewing eagles in their natural habitat, live birding shows and demonstrations, interactive programs and family fun activities and crafts for all ages.

Along with whooping cranes and bald eagles in their natural habitat, this itinerary includes a stop in Huntsville. Surrounded by mountains and lakes, Huntsville, Alabama offers big city conveniences, but its small town charm and southern hospitality set it apart from other metropolitan areas. Visitors can train like an astronaut at Earth’s largest space museum and see what’s growing at the Huntsville Botanical Garden.