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Dauphin Island
At the entrance to Mobile Bay, Alabama

Dauphin Island can be reached by causeway from Cedar Point on the west shore of Mobile Bay, or by ferry across the mouth of the bay from Fort Morgan. It is small and isolated enough to have a real island feel to it.

The island has a comfortable campground, public beach, several research institutions, vacation homes, and historic Fort Gaines, but no high rises and little commercialism.

A sizeable area is set aside as a bird refuge, owned by the Audubon Society. It is famous as a haven for exhausted birds that have just migrated north across the Gulf of Mexico. Birders flock there to see a wide variety of birds and for an opportunity to spot a few rare ones.

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Mobile Bay ferry

Mobile Bay ferry

Laughing gulls wheeling around the bow of the ferry across Mobile Bay.

Mobile Bay, between Mobile Point and Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Gas wells in Mobile Bay

Gas wells in Mobile Bay

Carbon dioxide gas wells in Mobile Bay, viewed from the ferry.

Mobile Bay, between Mobile Point and Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Dauphin Island Beach

Dauphin Island Beach

Overcast day on the beach next to the campground on Dauphin Island.

Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 6, 2015
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Pine forest path

Pine forest path

Path through the pine forest in the bird sanctuary.

Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 7, 2015
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Alligator Lake in the Audubon Preserve

Alligator Lake in the Audubon Preserve

Alligator Lake with turtles in the bird sanctuary.

Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 7, 2015
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Oak and magnolia

Oak and magnolia

Live oak and southern magnolia behind the dunes at the bird sanctuary.

Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 7, 2015
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Audubon Preserve beach

Audubon Preserve beach

White sand beach at the bird sanctuary.

Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 7, 2015
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Audubon Preserve dunes

Audubon Preserve dunes

On the boardwalk through the low dunes at the bird saanctuary.

Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 7, 2015
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Audubon Preserve fire

Audubon Preserve fire

Palmettoes blooming after prescribed fire in the bird sanctuary.

Audubon Bird Sanctuary on Dauphin Island, Alabama

Date photographed: April 7, 2015
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