Dauphin Island West End Acquisition
State of Alabama
DWH Project Funding
Known Leveraged Funding
Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees (NRDA)
Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA
This project will entail acquiring approximately 838 acres of privately owned beach/dune habitat at the west end of Dauphin Island, developing a management plan, and implementing initial management actions based on recommendations in the management plan. The western end of Dauphin Island encompasses a diversity of coastal habitats — sweeping dunes, salt marsh, and beach flats. Sea turtles and several bird species, including the federally listed piping plover (Charadrius melodus), use these habitats. The beach and dune areas serve as nesting habitat for the least tern and the snowy plover. Initial unpublished 2018 data from the Birmingham Audubon Society’s Alabama Coastal Bird Stewardship Program and other bird surveys from the previous decade indicate that this property also provides foraging habitat for Wilson’s plover, snowy plover, reddish egret (Egretta rufescens), American oyster catcher (Haematopus palliates), least tern, and other coastal bird species. Public ownership of this large parcel will facilitate the protection and management of its habitats for the benefit of bird species injured by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The acquisition will include an appropriate land protection instrument to ensure that the purpose of restoration is maintained in perpetuity.