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Alabama Bets On Ecotourism

West Alabama’s Hale County has become a significant attraction with eco-tourists looking to see some of the country’s rarest birds in their natural habitat.

West Alabama’s Hale County has become a significant attraction with eco-tourists looking to see some of the country’s rarest birds in their natural habitat.

It was a local farmer named Christopher Joe who started taking an interest in the local birds that were nesting in woodlands on his farm.

Fellow birding enthusiasts from around the country took an interest in what he had to share, and that’s when the idea came to him.

AL.com published some interesting details about some of the delights that tourists have experienced.

“While working in part with Alabama Audubon, Joe has attracted birders from as far as the Carolinas. On one tour, he said he had 125 people present to see the elder Joe cut hay. They audibly gasped when they saw the flock of kites.”

On the 200 acres of land he owns, there are more than 600 miles of trails to explore all the beauty of the woodlands.

And the birding business is providing his cattle farm with a significant boost in revenue.

It also coincided with local conservation groups planning to promote more birding groups, which was the perfect timing.



Chris is one of GreenCitizen’s writers who has been a long-time advocate of individual responsibility when it comes to the environment. He shares GreenCitizen's passion for making the world a better place every day of the year.

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