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Birding and Nature Enthusiasts Will Flock to Georgia's Coast

Nationally known birder and author Kenn Kaufman will be the keynote speaker during the first Georgia’s Colonial Coast Birding & Nature Festival held on Jekyll Island, October 10-12, 2003.  Kaufman, author of “The Kaufman Focus Guides - Birds of North America,” is among a Who’s Who listing of naturalists and other wildlife experts who will lead seminars and field trips designed to celebrate coastal Georgia’s abundant natural beauty and wildlife.  The Jekyll Island Convention Center will serve as the hub for festival activities, and field trip excursions will include many of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division’s (DNR/WRD) Colonial Coast Birding Trail sites.

“WRD’s Colonial Coast Birding Trail now 24 wonderful sites for birding and cultural exploration,” said Terry Johnson, WRD Program Manager for the Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program.  “This festival will offer first time and repeat visitors to Georgia’s coast a myriad of opportunities to see amazing bird life and nature.”

Throughout the weekend, festival-goers will have the opportunity to attend educational seminars taught by the Southeast’s foremost field biologists, on topics ranging from choosing the right pair of binoculars to wood stork recovery efforts.  Master falconer Steve Hein, and a collection of raptors from Georgia Southern University’s Raptor Center, will open and close the weekend.  The raptors will be on display throughout the festival in the main exhibit hall along with many conservation-based organizations and vendors featuring outdoor recreation equipment, nature photographers and artists.  All exhibit hall activities are free and open to the public.

The festival will also feature field trips to remote coastal Georgia locales, including Little St. Simons Island, WRD’s Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area, and five National Wildlife Refuges (Blackbeard Island, Harris Neck, Okefenokee, Savannah, and Wassaw).  Guided by expert naturalists, participants will have the opportunity to visit diverse habitats such as longleaf pine forests and tidal freshwater marshes in search of birds ranging from the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker to the elusive sora.  Kayak trips will offer the chance to spy on secretive clapper rails and the endangered wood stork.  Beach excursions may provide sightings of the endangered piping plover and flocks of shorebirds.

“Sites along Georgia’s coast have been recognized internationally as important bird habitats,” said festival coordinator Lydia Thompson. “This festival will give birders of all skill levels a chance to immerse themselves in rare habitats and observe rarely-seen species.”

Friday evening’s events will include a “Big Birthday Bash” to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Wildlife Refuge System.  The event will be hosted by Peter Stangel of the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation, with special guests including National Wildlife Refuge System Chief Bill Hartwig.  Noted Georgia naturalist-author Taylor Schoettle and wildlife specialists, from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Georgia DNR are among the many seminar presenters.

Festival partners include the Coastal Georgia and Ogeechee Audubon Societies, Georgia Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Nature-Based Tourism Association, Georgia Ornithological Society, Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary, Jekyll Island Georgia’s Jewel, Okefenokee Adventures, The Nature Conservancy of Georgia, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and Wilderness Southeast.

For more festival information visit or call toll free, 1-877-4JEKYLL.





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