Coastal Georgia Audubon Society

Fall 2017 Field Trip Schedule

All trips are free and open to the public. Bring your own water and snacks, and insect repellent.
Moderate walking for most trips. For questions, contact Bob Sattelmeyer at 404-217-7082 or
engrds@gsu.edu.

 

September 23 (Saturday): Altama WMA. 8 a.m.—noon. Fall migration at our newest WMA adjacent to the Altamaha River, with a variety of woodland, field, and marsh habitats. Directions: From Exit 42 on I-95, take GA 99 west. The entrance to Altama WMA is at the end of the off ramp. Or take US 17 N from Brunswick, left on GA 99 at Hofwyl-Broadfield Plantation, go about 1 mile across I-95 and look for sign on the right.


October 6-9: Georgia Ornithological Society fall meeting on Jekyll Island. Register at www.gos.org  for a variety of field trips, including excursions to St Catherines Island, Sapelo Island, the Altmaha River Delta, Little St Simons Island, and Cumberland Island. Coastal Georgia Audubon will sponsor 2 field trips during the meeting, as follows:


October 7 (Saturday): Jekyll Island Campground feeder watch, 8 a.m.—noon. Meet Lydia Thompson at the campground feeders off Claflin Rd at the north end of Jekyll. These feeders often attract a variety of species without the need for extensive walking.


October 8 (Sunday): Jekyll Island Visitors Center Big Sit, 6 a.m.—whenever. Join Lydia Thompson at the observation tower at the Jekyll Visitors Center any time during the day to observe the birds of the tidal marsh and migrants.


October 14 (Saturday); Altamaha WMA, 8 a.m.—noon. Meet at the old dairy barn parking area across from the main WMA headquarters on US 17 just south of Darien. We will check the WMA observation towers and trails for migrants and residents of the fresh-water impoundments.


October 28, (Saturday): Cannon’s Point Preserve, 8 a.m.—noon. Meet at the entrance to the preserve off Lawrence Rd on the north end of St Simons Island. The preserve contains a variety of habitats from maritime forest, open fields, and salt marsh, as well as hiking trails and observation towers.


November 1, (Wednesday). 8:30-noon. Onslow Island, Savannah National Wildlife Refuge near Savannah. Meet at the parking area on GA 25 near entrance to NWR. Prime spot for unusual winter shorebirds, including Long-billed Dowitchers and Stilt Sandpipers. Take Exit 109 from I-95 right on GA 21 toward Port Wentworth 2.7 mi. to Bonneybridge Rd. Left on Bonneybridge to GA 25. Left on 25 across river to Onslow Island parking area.


November 18 (Saturday): Harris Neck NWR. Meet at Refuge entrance parking area at 9 a.m. Winter residents, wading birds, and waterfowl. Take Exit 67 off I-95, go south on US 17 just less than a mile mile and turn left on Harris Neck Rd. 7 miles to refuge entrance.


December 2 (Saturday): Andrews Island Causeway, 8:30 a.m.—noon. Saltmarsh sparrows at high tide. We will walk the edges of the marsh at high tide for resident Seaside and wintering Nelson’s and Saltmarsh Sparrows. Boots recommended. Andrews Island Causeway is located off US 341 (Newcastle St) in Brunswick just north of the marina. Going north from Brunswick, turn left on Homer L. Wilson Way just past the marina.


December 30- Glynn County Christmas Bird Count- Participants will count species and number of individual birds in the count circle. Interested members should contact Mike Chapman for more info on areas to be covered.

 

 

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