Moss-covered oaks bathe in the emerald twilight as you listen for the calls of an unseen shorebird and hear the centuries-old rhythm of Georgia’s Little St. Simons Island. Privately-owned, accessible only by boat and enjoyed by no more than 32 overnight guests at once, this preserved piece of the natural South feels far removed from the modern world, though it’s only a few miles from the mainland. Your visit coincides with the height of shorebird migration, the dawn of sea turtle nesting season and bountiful harvests from the island’s organic garden.
Islands off of southeastern Georgia and northeastern Florida provide critical feeding and breeding grounds for wading birds, spawning grounds for commercial and recreational fish species and a source of revenue for the local economy. To date, the Conservancy has helped protect almost 10,000 acres of ecologically important habitat in the region. Little St. Simons Island’s commitment to conservation has led to its certification as a sustainable tourism destination. The Conservancy works with the U.S. Agency for International Development and a number of other partners to achieve sustainable tourism throughout the world as a way to simultaneously achieve economic development and conservation goals.
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