… with a camera, of course!
When I [SuzAnne] was in the fourth grade, my class went on a field trip to Necedah National Wildlife Refuge in Necedah, Wisconsin. This Refuge is home to the very rare and endangered whooping crane.
Now all these years later, we have visited Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge in Decatur, Alabama over the last three years specifically to spot whooping cranes that migrate from the area of Wisconsin in which I grew up.
We have never visited Wheeler that it hasn’t been cold, rainy, and overcast but each time we talk about our next visit as we pull away. It is truly a magical place not just because of the whooping cranes but also because there are a few thousand sandhill cranes and several species of songbirds and waterfowl. It’s a great place for birding and wildlife photography.
We stayed in one of the brick cabins at the beautiful Joe Wheeler State Park which is about an hour away from the Refuge. A couple of years ago, we camped at this park but it is the first time we stayed in a cabin. It was very nice and we can’t wait to go back.