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.
- Improve your photography with help from Clay Bolt, an accomplished professional natural history and conservation photographer whose work has been commended in Environmental Photographer of the Year Awards and by the National Wildlife Federation. Clay will be available to teach, demonstrate and offer advice on nature photography.
- Arrive at the lodge on Little St. Simons Island via a leisurely boat cruise through coastal salt marshes.
- Meet the day with a sunrise beach walk in search of migrating and resident shorebirds, and keep an eye out during your stay for a diversity of wildlife, including armadillos, least bitterns, painted buntings and glossy ibises.
- Relax with a good book under a live oak on the banks of a tidal creek; go biking, hiking, creek kayaking or fishing, or dream the afternoon away on a porch swing.
The Conservancy in the Coastal Southeast
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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