Coastal Georgia Audubon Society

Winter/Spring 2018 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

January 24 (Wednesday) Onslow I./Savannah National Wildlife Refuge. Meet at Onslow Island parking lot at 9 a.m. Directions: From I-95 Northbound take GA Exit 109 (Port Wentworth), GA Hwy 21 South towards Savannah, GA (right off exit ramp). Continue on Hwy 21 South approximately 3 miles to traffic light at Bonny Bridge Rd and turn left. Continue to first traffic light and take a left onto GA Hwy25/Coastal Hwy. Follow GA 25 across the first 2 channels of the Savannah River. Across the drawbridge over the second channel on the right will be the parking area/entrance to Onslow Island. We will walk around the impoundments for wintering shorebirds, waders, and waterfowl, followed by a drive around the wildlife refuge.

February 3-4, Saturday/Sunday:  Paynes Prairie, near Gainesville, FL, and St Marks NWR, Florida. Weekend trip. Drive to Gainesville, FL Friday evening, and bird Payneís Prairie and possibly Sweetwater Wetlands on Saturday. Drive to St Marks NWR near the Gulf on Saturday evening, and bird St Marks on Sunday. Signup later in January.

February 16-19: Great Backyard Bird Count.

March 17, Saturday: Okefenokee Swamp. Red-cockaded Woodpeckers, Bachmanís Sparrows, Eagles. Meet at 7:00 a.m. at Winn Dixie at I95 Exit 29, or at 8:00 a.m. at east entrance to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge off Rte. 121. Wildlife Drive by car, moderate walking to observation tower.

April 7, Saturday: Altamaha WMA near Darien. Early migrants, shorebirds, and wading birds. Meet at Champney boat launch ramp on Rte. 17 south of Darien. at 7:30 a.m. Moderate walking along dikes.


April 14, Saturday: Cannonís Point Preserve, St Simons Island. Spring migrants and birds of the marsh and maritime forest. Meet at parking area inside the preserve off Lawrence Rd. at the north end of the island at 7:30 a.m. Moderate walking.


April 21: Paulkís Pasture WMA.  Spring migrants. Meet at Winn-Dixie on Rte 341/25 just north of I-95 exit 36 at 7:30 a.m. Mostly birding by car.


April 18-20: Annual Whimbrel Watch at sunset, Gouldís Inlet, St Simons

Island. Meet at Gould's Inlet (end of Bruce Dr.) at 7:30. Completely sedentary.


April 28, Saturday: Altama Plantation WMA. Spring migrants at our newest WMA, which includes upland woods, open fields, and bottomland along the Altamaha River. Meet at entrance to WMA immediately west of I-95 Exit 42 (SR 99) at 7:30 a.m. Moderate walking.


May 5, Saturday: Clay Hole Swamp WMA, near Sterling. Spring migrants and the secretive Swainson's Warbler. Meet at Winn Dixie on rte. 341/25 just north of I-95 exit 36 at 7:30 a.m. Moderate walking.


May 8, Tuesday:  International Migratory Bird Day. Beach walk on East Beach, St Simons Island at 7:30 a.m. with Georgia Graves and Lydia Thompson to learn how our migrating shorebirds forage and how we can help protect nesting species like Least Terns and Wilsonís Plovers. Meet at old Coast Guard Station parking lot. Moderate walking





bbird1.jpg (3602 bytes)