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Tag: Birding

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Articles

  • An open gate surrounded by live oaks covered in Spanish moss.

    A gem for hunters and hikers alike

    July 12, 2017 | 4 minute readBrunswick, Georgia – Altama Plantation is perhaps the most critical, and intriguing, piece of property along the entire Altamaha River corridor. It was here in the early 1800s that plantation owner James Hamilton Couper introduced the Dutch system of tidal floodgates to grow rice. He planted sugar cane and built a refinery whose red-brick remains still stand. Couper, a noted scientist, also recorded the first eastern indigo snake, a threatened species which bears his name (Drymarchon couperi). Learn more...

    Altama Plantation. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

  • The sun sets over a lush green marsh cut in half by a calm brackish channel.

    Many partners work together to protect “the Amazon of the South” for generations to come

    July 12, 2017 | 13 minute readIt meanders 137 miles through the wild heart of Georgia, a blackwater beauty that nourishes longleaf pine forests, cypress swamps, saltwater estuaries and the barrier islands that protect the Atlantic coast and migratory birds alike. Learn more...

    Salt marsh along the Altamaha River. Photo by Nicole Vidal, USFWS.

Podcasts

  • A brown bird with purple wing tips floats on semi-frozen water.

    Birding at Ochlawaha bog

    March 7, 2012 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The dry, late-winter brush covering the field was several feet high as we walked across, side-by-side, looking for birds. Then, with startling suddenness, a bird shot out of the brush, flying for several yards before settling back down to earth. It was a woodcock, a gamebird, and for the knowing observer, her flush gave away the existence of her nest, hidden on the ground and holding a pair of eggs. Learn more...

    Female wood duck at Eufaula National Wildlife Refuge. Photo © Quincey Banks.

  • A bird perched on a tree with a bright red head, white breast and grey feathers on its back

    Christmas bird count

    January 4, 2012 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. The holidays — the gifts, the time with family and friends, the question of what to do when not eating or watching football. In 1900, one way to pass the time on Christmas day was to participate in a “side hunt,” where participants would choose sides, then go out and shoot as many birds as possible, the side with the most birds winning. Learn more...

    Red-headed woodpecker. Photo by Courtney Celley, USFWS.

  • A very colorful bird perched on a bird feeder.

    North Carolina birding trail enters the mountains

    September 11, 2009 | 2 minute readTranscript Greetings and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. We were hunting waterfowl, my three-year-old daughter and I, albeit in a completely benign way. It was early on a Saturday morning - too early for a three-year old to be up, but there was no changing that reality. In order to preserve someone’s peace and quiet, we left mom and baby in bed while we went out for an early bagel and the hope of finding a goose at Asheville’s Beaver Lake bird sanctuary. Learn more...

    Painted bunting. Photo by Evangelio Gonzalez, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.

  • A biologist takes notes in a notebook under an overcast sky.

    Saving, and improving, a Hendersonville wetland

    September 22, 2008 | 3 minute readTranscript Good morning and welcome to the Southern Appalachian Creature Feature. With all the attention given to development impacts in the mountains, this morning we’re going to look at how a development in Hendersonville, North Carolina will actually improve the situation for wildlife and bird watchers. There aren’t a lot of wetlands in the mountains. Our topography generally dictates that water quickly flows downhill to flatter lands, instead of pooling up and creating wetlands. Learn more...

    Sue Cameron takes notes near Jackson Park. Photo by Gary Peeples, USFWS.

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