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Wood Storks Building Nests, Harris Neck

Wood Storks Mycteria americana Building Nests Rookery Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge NWR McIntosh County GA Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing Coastal Georgia 2013

Wood Storks (Mycteria americana) were once a symbol of the diminishing wetland habitat necessary for their survival in the swamps of the Southeast.  For a time one of the most endangered species in America, recent years have seen gains in their population, enough so that the Fish & Wildlife Service is considering removing them from the endangered list. They would still have a threatened status. A friend of mine recently suggested I not place them on a “vanishing” site; in honor of her positive outlook, I offer them as an evocation of how far we’ve come in protecting Georgia’s wetlands but a reminder in how much we still need to fight to protect them. Anyone who has been around Coastal Georgia in the past few years knows that population and development race forward, nearly unfettered.

Visiting Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge in late winter and early spring when the Wood Storks, along with myriad other waterfowl and waders are abundant, is a must-do when in McIntosh County.




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Howard Gilman Memorial Park, St. Marys

The riverfront park in St. Marys, named for the late timber magnate and art patron Howard Gilman, is a wonderful public space, rivaling any in Coastal Georgia.

I could have spent hours just watching and photographing the birds in the ornamental fountain. Pictured below: Boat-tailed Grackle (Quiscalus major).



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Knobbed Whelks, Meridian

The Knobbed Whelk (Busycon carica) is the state seashell of Georgia and is often the largest shell found on our beaches.


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