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Weeks Bay Reserve, Fairhope

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Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Weeks Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve is part of a national network of coastal reserves established as living laboratories for long-term scientific research and estuarine education. The Reserve is a cooperative partnership between the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources/Lands Division and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

The Weeks Bay ecosystem contains many freshwater and marine fish and invertebrate species. Collectively, these species support large commercial and recreational fishing industries. Weeks Bay is especially a critical nursery for shrimp, bay anchovy, blue crab and multitudes of other fish, crustaceans and shellfish. The Reserve lands also include upland and bottomland hardwood forests, freshwater marsh, submerged aquatic vegetation, and unique bog habitats. Many of these areas are especially important to the large number of trans-Gulf migratory birds as a resting and feeding area. Reserves, such as Weeks Bay, play an important part in preserving these precious coastal environments and natural resources.
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  • A lovely boardwalk trail runs from the paved road to the river under a slash pine forest. Sarracenia leucophylla, or white pitcher plant, is abundant in the open areas. A leisurely stroll will be...  more »
  • We thoroughly enjoyed our walk through this reserve on the elevated walkways. The scenery was nice and relaxing and there were very few people there on our Sunday mid-morning visit. We had no...  more »

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