Over the past several hundred years, the land has been influenced by early Native American culture, Spanish occupation, the first introduction of African culture, English settlements and a once-thriving rice culture. It has also withstood the devastation of the Civil War, abandonment and subsistence farming...later contrasted to the glamour, bathtub gin and rum-running days of Prohibition.
Georgia has many sites on the Colonial Coast Birding Trail will that will give you the opportunity to see and enjoy birds while learning about the history of this land and its residents.
More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted at the 18 sites along the birding trail. The birds you see will depend on when and where you visit. Some birds can be seen throughout the year. Others are migratory and travel long distances from their breeding grounds to wintering areas.
Along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, you'll find a wide variety of habitats - shorelines, salt marshes, old rice fields, woodlands, tidal rivers, freshwater wetlands.
Each site along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail is unique. Many sites offer visitors the opportunity to watch birds and visit 18th and 19th century historic places. Other sites are located on lands and waters that were once part of early plantations dedicated to growing rice, indigo and cotton. So whether you want to see a bald eagle soaring over a coastal river, an endangered wood stork feeding its gawky young, sanderlings chasing the waves on a sandy beach, or a great egret standing motionless in a placid pond, the Colonial Coast Birding Trail has something for you.