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John F. Porter, Jr. Goat Tree Reserve / The Goat Tree

 
 
John F. Porter Jr. Goat Tree Reserve Marker image. Click for full size.
By Caroline Mitchell Carrico, June 16, 2020
1. John F. Porter Jr. Goat Tree Reserve Marker
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John F. Porter, Jr. Goat Tree Reserve
John F. Porter, Ph.D. served as volunteer Executive Director of Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. (incorporated as Friends of Dauphin Island Audubon Sanctuary) from its inception in 1992 until his retirement in 2014. Under his capable leadership, John guided the campaign that resulted in the permanent protection of crucial bird habitat on Dauphin Island and the adjacent coastal community. Thirty lots totaling approximately 10 acres were acquired, with these four Goat Tree lots being among the earliest parcels to be protected. Migrating songbirds and visitors alike will find refuge here due to John's dedicated and unselfish efforts, and for that we are forever grateful. We dedicate this John F. Porter Goat Tree Reserve in his honor.

The Goat Tree
A remnant of the maritime forest found on the east end of the island, this small wooded pocket of habitat hosts both migrant and resident songbirds alike. According to local legend, the tree served as shelter for the island's wild goats that climbed the tree at night so they could rest protected
Goat Tree Reserve Marker with a Goat tree on left. image. Click for full size.
By Caroline Mitchell Carrico, June 16, 2020
2. Goat Tree Reserve Marker with a Goat tree on left.
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from roaming alligators. Thus, the name “Goat Tree.” The ancient and storied Goat Tree no longer shelters goats but rather harbors a myriad of flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers and tanagers that find refuge among the spreading limbs of this magnificent oak during spring and fall migration. We invite you to stroll the paths and enjoy the birds; please remember this is their home, too.
 
Erected 2015 by Dauphin Island Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AnimalsHorticulture & Forestry. A significant historical year for this entry is 1992.
 
Location. 30° 15.209′ N, 88° 6.111′ W. Marker is in Dauphin Island, Alabama, in Mobile County. Marker is on Cadillac Avenue west of Grant Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 701 Cadillac Avenue, Dauphin Island AL 36528, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Dauphin Island Indian Shell Mound Park (approx. 0.4 miles away); 19th Century Shipwreck (approx. 1.6 miles away); Fort Gaines (approx. 1.6 miles away); British Occupation of Dauphin Island (approx. 1.6 miles away); "To Be Blown To Kingdom Come" (approx. 1.6 miles away); Energy from the Sands of Time
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(approx. 1.6 miles away); Storm Clouds Gather (approx. 1.6 miles away); Anchor From U.S.S. Hartford (approx. 1.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dauphin Island.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 9, 2020. It was originally submitted on June 21, 2020, by Caroline Mitchell Carrico of Memphis, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 131 times since then and 55 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on June 22, 2020, by Caroline Mitchell Carrico of Memphis, Tennessee.   2. submitted on June 21, 2020, by Caroline Mitchell Carrico of Memphis, Tennessee. • Mark Hilton was the editor who published this page.
 
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Dec. 2, 2021