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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Ansley Hodges M.A.R.S.H. Project (Altamaha Wildlife Management Area)

Description: This viewing area is situated on 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.

Fee: None.

Hours: Daylight hours.

Telephone Number: (912) 262-3173

Fun Things To Do: Look for alligators sunning along the dike. Try to identify animal tracks along the dike.

Directions: Take Exit 49 on I-95 at the junction of I-95 and SR 251 (Briardam Road). Travel east on SR 251 to the junction of SR 251 and US 17. Turn right (south) on US 17 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. See the map.