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Tips for birding Altamaha Wildlife Management Area
The Altamaha Wildlife Management Area is composed of units on the east and west sides of US-17, south of Darien, GA. The east side of the road has impoundments and towers to view marsh birds and ducks in the appropriate season.
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About Altamaha Wildlife Management Area
This viewing area is situated within the Altamaha Wildlife Management Area where an impoundment was constructed as part of Ducks Unlimited’s M.A.R.S.H. (Matching Aid to Restore States’ Habitat) program. The impoundment is located on the remains of an old rice plantation. Many of the rice fields are managed to benefit waterfowl and other wildlife species.
Types of Birds: Birds of prey, shorebirds, songbirds, wading birds, waterfowl, raptors
Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), shorebirds (all), wading birds (all), waterfowl (fall and winter), raptors (fall and winter)
Specialties: Wood stork, swallow-tailed kite, bald eagle, king rail, painted bunting, mottled duck, wood duck, white ibis, glossy ibis
Tips: Look for common snipe feeding in exposed muddy areas. In summer, look for wood ducks. In fall and winter, black ducks, pintails, green-winged teal, northern shovelers and other waterfowl can be seen in the impoundment. Look for rails darting through the vegetation in the impoundment. Bald eagles can be spotted in winter and spring.
Directions: Take Exit 49 on I-95 at the junction of I-95 and GA-251 (Briardam Road). Travel east on GA-251 to the junction of SGA-R 251 and US-17. Turn right (south) on US -7 and continue through Darien. The entrance to the Ansley Hodges M.A.R.S.H. Project will be approximately 3.5 miles on the right.
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