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Blue Heron Inn
1346 Blue Heron Lane SE
Darien, GA, 31305, USA
912-437-4304
  • Nanny Goat Beach on Sapelo

The majority of Sapelo Island is under the care of public entities devoted to studying and preserving the natural and historic heritage of Georgia's fourth-largest barrier island, including the University of Georgia Marine Institute, the R.J. Reynolds Wildlife Refuge, and the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve. Why all this intense focus on such a tiny area? The salt marshes and estuaries of this region are some of the most ecologically vulnerable, diverse and productive habitats in the world. The ebb and flow of the tides, the mixing of salt and fresh water and the bounty of decaying plant material in the marsh provide a rich feeding ground and nursery for microscopic life, shellfish, fish and birds, and scientists are just beginning to scratch the surface on how these complex systems work.