Located along the Flint River in southeast Huntsville, Alabama, the newly established Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary has recently gained notoriety among the local birding community for its variety of habitats and abundance of bird species. The sanctuary spans more than 375 acres of bottomland hardwood habitat interspersed with open fields and farmland.
More than three miles of rustic trails wind through forested bottomlands and fallow fields, taking visitors to borrow ponds, sloughs, swamps, and the banks of the Flint River. The diverse habitat of the sanctuary is home to a myriad of birdlife ranging from waterbirds to passerines.
April through May and September through October are the best times to visit as migrants begin to arrive and pass through the sanctuary. Spring migrants and resident birds begin nesting by mid-April, bringing the forest and fields alive with the songs of breeding warblers, sparrows, and other songbirds. The most famous among the arriving breeding migrants are 13 species of warblers, including the Ovenbird, Worm-eating Warbler, and Black-throated Green Warbler, as well as the bright crimson Summer Tanager. Notables among the resident birds include an abundance of Pileated Woodpeckers, Red-tailed Hawks, and Barred Owls.
Goldsmith-Schiffman Wildlife Sanctuary provides wonderful opportunities to photograph birds and other animals, such as deer, coyotes, and wild boar, as well as stunning landscapes.