Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge

Tips for Birding

If you carefully keep your bird records by state, be aware of the location of the state line and use the appropriate eBird hotspots when you submit checklists. When submitting eBird observations at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge, it is most helpful to start a new checklist for each hotspot within the refuge. The general hotspot is located in Alabama. Use this general hotspot when you have a checklist a birds seen in Alabama that includes multiple locations or if no other hotspot or personal location is appropriate for your sightings.

Birds of Interest

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge lies on the western edge of the Atlantic Flyway and the eastern edge of the Mississippi Flyway, two of four recognized major migration corridors in the U.S. Many species of waterfowl, waterbirds, shorebirds, neotropical songbirds and birds of prey follow these loosely defined corridors as they migrate through, over-winter or nest in the Chattahoochee Valley and on Eufaula NWR. Numerous species of waterfowl arrive in the fall and remain in the area into early spring. The spring and fall are busy times for neotropical migrant songbirds as they complete their long migration flights between North American and South America. Some of these species nest on the refuge and neighboring tracts of timber.

About this Location

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1964, with community support and in cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to provide habitat for wintering waterfowl and other migratory and resident wildlife.

Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge lies within the historical range of the longleaf pine/wiregrass ecosystem and contains remnant longleaf pine stands. Refuge wetlands, croplands, woodlands, old fields, grasslands, and open water create a mosaic of wildlife-rich habitats that support almost 300 species of birds, 40 species of mammals, and many amphibians, reptiles, and fish.

The main unit of the 11,184-acre refuge is located about 7 miles north of the city of Eufaula, Alabama, along both banks of the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama and southwest Georgia.

The refuge headquarters is located eight miles north of Eufaula, Alabama, approximately two miles east of US-431 on AL-165. The office is staffed from 8 am to 4:30 pm (central time), Monday through Friday. The refuge is open daily during daylight hours. 

Content from Official Website, Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge brochure and map, and Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge (Alabama Birding Trails) website

Last updated February 14, 2024