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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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Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge

 

 

 

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Friendship Baptist Church, Harris Neck

This congregation dates to 1895.

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Barbour River at Low Tide, Harris Neck

Though most current web searches return this location as the Barbour Island River, I will go with the designation given it by the National Park Service at the nearby landing: Barbour River. It’s called the Barbour Island River by some, because its course essentially forms the eastern and southern boundary of Barbour Island; because the application of the term river to the course is relatively recent, I prefer to omit the additional geographical identifier (island) from the name.

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Barbour River Landscape, Harris Neck

 

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Oysters for Sale, Harris Neck

This old repainted Sunbeam Bread Sign has been on Harris Neck Road for a long time, and is always a favorite. (Update: as or late 2015, this sign has been removed and replaced).

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