Welcome to DIBS - Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
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Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries

Coastal Birding
Coastal Birding

June 28, 2020

DIBS HAS BEEN AWARDED THE GOVERNOR'S CONSERVATION ACHIEVEMENT AWARD - THE 2020 ALABAMA WILDLIFE CONSERVATIONIST AWARD - in recognition of our outstanding wildlife resource conservation efforts demonstrating commitment and leadership in wildlife habitat protection.


We remind all birders to exercise great care in enjoying the birds of our coast; care for the birds and their habitat, care for the property owners who host our avian visitors, and care for other birders.
Thank you!

Dauphin Island , Alabama is one of the top birding spots in the Southeast and is recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International. An incredible 350 species have been reported on the island. Spring migration is the first landfall for many Neotropical birds who make the 600-mile flight across the Gulf of Mexico from the Yucatan Peninsula. Under adverse weather conditions, large flocks of exhausted birds of many species may seek shelter on the Island in a truly spectacular "fall-out".

Fall migration, which begins as early as July, can also be a very rewarding time on the Island for birders. During this time, shore birds begin to gather on the Island to store up energy for their long, Neotropical flight. The Island is also ideal for birding in winter, even in the absence of the fall migrants. Many permanent species reside on the Island, and a variety of waterfowl, seabirds, and shore birds fly in during the winter season.

The entire Island is a Bird Sanctuary in which rewarding observations can be made in any of its public areas including parks, beaches, dunes, wetlands and quiet streets. The Alabama Ornithological Society meets yearly on Dauphin Island in both April and October to enjoy the world-class birding, fine fellowship, and great seafood. Visitors are always welcome to participate in field trips and other such activities. Any time is good birding time on Dauphin Island!



Members, Please Note

Due to the COVID19 situation, we are not able to send a printed copy of our Spring/Summer Newsletter. These will be mailed to you at a later date. The Newsletter is availablefor download HERE, but we would like to e-mail everyone a pdf copy. We need to make sure the email address on file with us is correct. Please email us at dibs1295@gmail.com and please also send us your current mailing address. -

Thank you.



Anywhere you see this sign:

The Habitat you are viewing
has been protected....forever!



Special Notice - Please read:

Dauphin Island, Alabama is officially recognized as a Globally Important Bird Area by the National Audubon Society and BirdLife International. Over 350 species of birds have been recorded on the Island. Development pressures on Dauphin Island are presently extremely high and we are losing migratory bird habitat to the chainsaws on an almost daily basis. We need your help! Since 1992, DIBS has protected over 55 parcels of prime bird habitat on Dauphin Island. Our properties are protected in perpetuity by conservation easements. We presently have the opportunity to purchase select, contiguous lots in the Dauphin Island maritime forest. We feel confident that these properties will be acquired and protected by DIBS, but this not an end-all remedy to the present situation of habitat loss on the Island. Please consider a donation to DIBS. We are presently targeting an additional 40 properties of critical migratory bird habitat. All donations are dedicated 100% for the purchase of bird habitat on Dauphin Island and your donation is tax-deductable. We are an all-volunteer non-profit 501(c)3 corporation and have no paid employees. Thank you!

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or Donations may be sent by mail to:

Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
PO Box 1295
Dauphin Island, AL 36528

Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuaries are an informal collaboration between conservation-minded agencies and organizations dedicated to the preservation of critical bird habitat on the Island and to the promotion of birding and other forms of ecotourism activities. Agencies included are the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR), the Dauphin Island Park and Beach Board (DIPBB), and the Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (DIBS). DIBS has raised over $1.3M for the protection of critical habitat, through hundreds of generous donations from individuals and through the support of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, The Nature Conservancy, Gulf Coast Bird Observatory, Atlantic Coast Conservancy, Pelican Coast Conservancy, The Weeks Bay Foundation, Mobile Bay Audubon Society, Birmingham Audubon Society, Francis M. Weston Audubon Society, the Alabama Ornithological Society and the Community Foundation of South Alabama - Beverly Winn Fund for the Birds.

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