Birding in Georgia

Also, see Georgia Colonial Coast Birding Trail

McIntosh County

Altamaha Wildlife Management Area

Brunswick, GA 31525
Altamaha Wildlife Management Area webpage
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Altamaha WMA

Coordinates: 31.340292, -81.44967
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Altamaha WMA--Butler Island

Coordinates: 31.3487626, -81.4453894
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Altamaha WMA--Butler Island Plantation House area

Coordinates: 31.3547111, -81.4474586
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Altamaha WMA--Butler Island W of I-95

Coordinates: 31.359619, -81.4602395
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Altamaha WMA--Champney Island

Coordinates: 31.3353842, -81.4522934
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Altamaha WMA--River Park

Coordinates: 31.335934, -81.4488494
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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.
From Steve Holzman

From Georgia Colonial Coast Birding Trail

About Ansley Hodges M.A.R.S.H. Project (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.
From Altamaha Wildlife Management Area webpage

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L168567 US US-GA US-GA-191 31.340292 -81.44967 Altamaha WMA
L589433 US US-GA US-GA-191 31.3487626 -81.4453894 Altamaha WMA--Butler Island
L1814417 US US-GA US-GA-191 31.3547111 -81.4474586 Altamaha WMA--Butler Island Plantation House area
L1888464 US US-GA US-GA-191 31.359619 -81.4602395 Altamaha WMA--Butler Island W of I-95
L790420 US US-GA US-GA-191 31.3353842 -81.4522934 Altamaha WMA--Champney Island
L691360 US US-GA US-GA-191 31.335934 -81.4488494 Altamaha WMA--River Park