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Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge:
(text provided by Mary Elfner)
Harris Neck is a National Wildlife Refuge
owned by the Coastal Refuge Office of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The
refuge's 2,765 acres consist of saltwater marsh, freshwater impoundments, mixed
deciduous woods, and open fields. Diversity is great here concerning habitats
and bird watching. Partly, this is due to the fact that Harris Neck was once an
active airstrip - the Harris Neck Army Airfield - which was deactivated in 1944.
The abandoned airstrip is now a grassy field and interspersed throughout the
Refuge are freshwater impoundments with names like Woody, Bluebill, and Snipe
Ponds. Harris Neck is also bordered on the north by the South Newport River
adding further diversity due to the salt marshes. Opportunities for public use
include hiking, saltwater fishing, hunting, photography, bicycling, and wildlife
observation. For birders, Harris Neck is a great place to view wading birds and
grassland species. Many different kinds of sparrows are found here, including
Vesper, Grasshopper, Field, Song, and Savannah Sparrows. Actively managed
‘greentree’ reservoirs support rookeries of many wading birds including
Great and Snowy Egrets; Black-crowned Night Herons; Tricolored, Green-backed,
and Little Blue Herons; Anhingas; Wood Storks; and White Ibis.
Hours: Sunrise to sunset, 7 days a week.
Directions: Take Exit 12 off of I-95, head
south on U.S. 17 approximately 1 mile to Harris Neck Road, Georgia Route 131,
just past the ‘Smallest Church in America’. This road leads to the refuge
and it is well marked. For management purposes, portions of the refuge may be
temporarily closed to the public. Please call the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
at (912) 652-4415 for more information.