5000 Wildlife Dr NW, Townsend, GA 31331
1766 Landing Road, S.E., Darien, GA 31305
US Highway 17, Scenic Coastal Highway, Darien, GA 31305
Description: This viewing area is situated on the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area where an impoundment was constructed as part of Ducks Unlimited's M.A.R.S.H. (Matching Aid to Restore States' Habitat) program. The impoundment is located on the remains of an old rice plantation. Many of the rice fields are managed to benefit waterfowl and other wildlife species.
Types of Birds: Birds of prey, shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, raptors Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), shorebirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (fall and winter), raptors (fall and winter) Specialties: Wood stork, swallow-tailed kite, bald eagle, king rail, painted bunting, mottled duck, wood duck, white ibis, glossy ibis
5556 US-17, Brunswick, GA 31525
Description: From l800 to 1915 this site was a thriving rice plantation. Today the 1,268-acre historic site is a mix of saltmarsh, pasture and flatwoods.
Types of Birds: Birds of prey, songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl
Best Birding Seasons: Birds of prey (winter), songbirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (winter)
Specialties: Wood stork, bald eagle, osprey, glossy ibis, painted bunting, yellow-throated warbler, sharp-tailed sparrow, northern parula.
Tips: Ospreys are most common spring to summer. Look for warblers during spring and fall migrations. Northern parulas and yellow-throated warblers can be found in spring and summer. Clapper rails and marsh wrens can be seen and/or heard in the marshes throughout the year.
Fee: Museum and picnic areas free. For tour of grounds and plantation house: $5 per adult, $4.50 per senior (62 and older), $2.50 for children ages 6-18.
1346 Blue Heron Ln, Darien, GA 31305
A privately owned property welcomes birders and nature photographers. One and two seat blinds are available for use. Extensive marsh, tidal creeks and a vibrant fresh water pond provide for excellent birding year round. Innkeepers at Blue Heron in addition to sharing their birding knowledge are happy to arrange private tours of Sapelo Island. Spotlight: painted bunting, pilliated woodpecker