Golden Isles 2017 Visitor Guide Page 39 Nature & Wildlife

Nature & Wildlife G oldenIsles.com 39 T he famed marshlands of the Golden Isles, accompanied by a vast network of rivers, maritime forests, barrier islands and a nearby mainland, provide an abundant feeding ground and diverse habitat for more than 300 species of native and migratory birds. Shorelines, salt marshes, old rice fields, woodlands, tidal rivers, freshwater wetlands and other habitats host their own fascinating bird communities. Whether you want to search for a bald eagle soaring over a coastal river, an endangered wood stork feeding its young, sanderlings chasing the waves on a sandy beach, or a great egret standing motionless in a placid pond, the Golden Isles awaits. As part of the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, which extends along the Georgia coast from Savannah to St. Marys and westward to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge, the Golden Isles has a birding experience for everyone. Colonial Coast Birding Trail Photo Credits: Cassie Wright Photography, Tom Sweeney

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