Bird Watching

The scenic vistas of the Natchez Trace Parkway provide excellent opportunities to see a wide variety of birds. Visitors can follow in the footsteps of ornithologists James Audubon and Alexander Wilson, who also

Birding along the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace may include sightings of the Belted Kingfisher.

Birding along the 444 miles of the Natchez Trace may include sightings of the Belted Kingfisher.

traveled the Trace. In fact, Alexander Wilson met James Audubon in May, 1810, as Wilson was preparing to travel down the Natchez Trace to sell subscriptions for his drawings in Natchez and New Orleans. Audubon did not purchase Wilson’s drawings. After seeing Wilson’s work, Audubon decided that he could sell his own drawings. Audubon later moved to Natchez. There is local lore that Audubon may have taught at Jefferson College, and that his son attended school there.Northern Alabama features a bird trail, which includes Colbert’s Ferry on the Parkway. Interpretive signs can be viewed in the boat ramp area along the Tennessee River.

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