The Wehle Tract is an excellent site for birding. Our day-use hiking trail provides access seven days a week. View recent bird sightings.

The Elhew Field Station was established in 2011 and named in honor of Elhew Kennels. The Elhew Kennels hosted Mr. Robert Wehle’s prestigious line of world-class English pointers. The name “Elhew” is derived from “Wehle” spelled backwards.

In recognition of Robert G. Wehle, the Elhew Field Station is dedicated to supporting sound land stewardship principles and promoting the understanding and appreciation of Alabama’s natural heritage through research, conservation and outreach initiatives. The Field Station is a component of the Wehle Land Conservation Center and provides the infrastructure necessary to support this mission.

One project is the Monitoring Avian Productivity and Survivorship (MAPS) bird banding station. This MAPS station one of more than 500 in the United States. Analyses of the banding data provide critical information relating to the ecology, conservation, and management of North American landbird populations, and the factors responsible for changes in their populations. Click here for MAPS photos.

Articles about Elhew
Elhew Legacy (pdf)
Monitoring Bird Migrations through Alabama

Contact Information
Email: Wehle Conservation Center

Eric Soehren
Manager/Non-game Biologist

John Trent
Wildlife Biologist