Wildlife Viewing and Photography



Birdwatching is one of the most popular wildlife viewing activities on the refuge. Annual migrations along the Atlantic Flyway funnel hundreds of thousands of waterfowl, songbirds, and raptors through coastal Georgia. In the summer, colonies of egrets, herons, and wood storks nest in the swamps, while in the winter, large concentrations of ducks gather in the marshland and freshwater pools. Colorful painted buntings call the refuge home during their summer breeding season.


Perhaps the fastest growing activity on national wildlife refuges in the past ten years has been wildlife photography. That’s not surprising – the digital camera population explosion and cell phones with ever-improving picture-taking abilities are increasing the number of nature photographers at a rapid rate. Wildlife photography is a high-priority activity in the Refuge System. We welcome beginning and expert photographers alike to record their outdoor adventures on film, memory card or internal hard drive!


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