DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Officials on Alabama's Dauphin Island say the spring bird migration season is bringing flocks of tourists and nature lovers to the coastal area.
Andrew Haffenden, who leads groups and lectures on the topic, says the migration season typically peaks around the third weekend of April.
Haffenden says the island is one of the top four birding areas in the U.S., and around 400 species come to the island.
Haffenden said the birds that stop on Dauphin Island this time of year are generally arriving via the Gulf of Mexico.
Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier says birding boosts tourism and supports local merchants before and after the busy summer months.
Collier said last year's designation of the island as a Globally Significant Important Bird Area "further put Dauphin Island on the map" among birders and nature lovers.