Posts Tagged ‘birding’

Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive Closing at Savannah NWR – June 1st!

Saturday, May 29th, 2010

I just got the following message from Amy Ochoa, the Refuge Ranger in charge of the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex: Laurel Hill Drive in the Savannah NWR is going to be CLOSED to all visitors starting on June 1st and continuing through the end of the year! Read her full message below for the details.

Laurel Hill Drive is the main route that visitors and birdwatchers take through the refuge’s water impoundment areas, so this is a MAJOR setback for visitors to the Savannah NWR. Ranger Ochoa also noted that the new Visitor Center will remain open during its normal hours throughout the construction project.  (It is a very useful and “user-friendly” place to learn more about the refuge.)  She also told me that “… all the dates of closures and phases of the project are subject to change. We’ll keep our website updated, so you and your users can keep current there:”


Lady Hummingbird in our back yard

Thursday, May 20th, 2010

Since I don’t have a lot of flowering plants or shrubs around in the back yard (other than a Bottle-brush Bush), I don’t see a lot of hummingbirds there.  But I just saw a female Ruby-throated Hummingbird sitting on a bare branch in the sun this afternoon.

At first I thought it was one of the dragonflies that come up from the lagoon and occasionally rest awhile there.  But then I saw it more clearly as it paused and actually sat still on the branch.  Of course by the time I went to grab my video camera and came back, she had flown off in search of nectar.  Next time!

Savannah NWR resource page added

Friday, May 14th, 2010

I just created a new resource page for the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) out along the Savannah River between Hardeeville, SC, and Savannah, GA.  This is a great Lowcountry birding hotspot, especially during the spring and fall waterfowl migrations.

Savannah NWR impoundment with Shovelers and Blue-Winged Teal

Savannah NWR impoundment with Shovelers and Blue-Winged Teal

The new Visitor Center opened in March, 2010, and is a great place for the whole family to learn more about the refuge and the wildlife that lives (or stops by) there.  Make sure to see the 11-minute video about the refuge and its connection to the Savannah River, as well as the great exhibits.

Savannah NWR Visitor Center exhibits

Savannah NWR Visitor Center exhibits