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Georgia's Colonial Coast Birding Trail

Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center

Description: This site contains remnants of an extensive canal system that linked the Savannah and Ogeechee rivers during the 1800s. Today the area is a recreational facility that highlights the natural history of this rich floodplain forest while preserving the historic relics associated with a once-thriving artery of commerce.

Types of Birds: Birds of prey, songbirds, wading birds

Best Birding Seasons: Songbirds (all), birds of prey (all), wading birds (all)

Specialties: Prothonotary warbler, northern parula, Swainson's warbler, wood duck, Mississippi kite, swallow-tailed kite

Tips: Look for beautiful prothonotary warblers and secretive Swainson's warblers in spring and summer. Look for warblers during spring and fall migrations. Watch the skies during spring and summer for Mississippi and swallow-tailed kites.

Fee: $2 per adult, $1 per child

Hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday

Telephone: (912) 748-8068

Fun Things To Do: Visit the nature center and museum to learn about the natural and cultural history of the area. Pick up checklists for wildflowers, reptiles and amphibians. Look for the fascinating wildlife residents of this diverse landscape. Examine the old locks constructed along the banks of the canal.

Directions: Take Exit 94 off Interstate 95 onto Ga. 204 (Fort Argyle Road). Travel west approximately two miles. The entrance to the site is on the left. See the map.