The Golden Isles comprise a vast network of rivers, marshes and barrier islands that provide habitats for hundreds of species of birds. More than 300 species of birds (75 percent of the total species of birds seen in Georgia) have been spotted along the Coastal Birding Trail, of which locations in the Golden Isles are a part.
The Colonial Coast Birding Trail extends along the Georgia coast, from Savannah at the northern end of the trail to St. Mary’s at the southern end, and westward to the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge. The trail includes 18 sites, five of which are located in the Golden Isles. These sites are designated by special signs that identify them as part of the Coastal Birding Trail.
The area’s importance as a birding destination has been underscored by the Georgia Audubon Society, which has designated two important birding areas in the Golden Isles: Little St. Simons Island and Jekyll Island. The birds you see will depend on when and where you visit. Some birds can be seen year round while others are migratory and can be seen only during migration periods, generally in the spring and fall. Your visit to Georgia’s Golden Isles is sure to be rewarded with sightings of interesting and unusual birds from birds of prey to shorebirds, wading birds, waterfowl and gulls. Consequently, each visit offers the chance to experience a new wildlife adventure.