Seasons of Wildlife
Brown Pelicans with Chicks.
Spring is a prime time to visit the refuge. You have opportunities to see painted buntings and other songbirds as their migration peaks in March and April. Seabirds and shorebirds also return at this time. Alligators can be viewed as they sun along the banks of Jacks Creek and Summerhouse Pond.
Summer is a hot and humid period. Temperatures sometimes reach above 100 degrees but visitors are rewarded with the possibility of seeing endangered woodstorks, fledgling royal terns, and other young birds.
Fall temperatures begin to cool and fall colors appear in the maritime forest. In September, ducks begin to arrive in preparation for their winter stay. In October, yellow warblers and other songbirds again pass through the refuge.
Winter is the season for hunting and fishing. Channel bass runs peak in November and deer hunts occur in November and December. Birders can observe peak waterfowl numbers in late November and early December. At this time, most of the Atlantic Coast's American Oystercatcher population is on the refuge. January and February are prime times to gather clams and oysters.
Page Photo Credits Brown Pelicans with Chicks, Photo Credit: Felicia Sanders, Painted Bunting, Photo Credit: Danny Bales, Woodstorks, Photo Credit: Danny Bales, Northern Shovelers, Photo Credit: Danny Bales, American Oystercatchers, Photo Credit: Danny Bales
Last Updated: Sep 17, 2015