The mother bald eagle’s head could be seen easily above the side of the huge nest in the more than 200 year old tree across the freshwater pond, but what was even more exciting was the huge male eagle on a limb just above her head! Though the pair could be viewed with the naked eye, seeing them through the lens of the young naturalist’s telescope was a phenomenal sight, but simply one of many on Little St. Simons Island on the Georgia Coast!
This pristine barrier island provides a natural habitat for a diverse and abundant community of wildlife including alligators, European fallow deer, dolphins, river otters, armadillos, feral hogs, raccoons, swamp rabbits, and over 280 species of birds.
Since the island is on the Atlantic Flyway, it is relatively easy for naturalists to lead birding expeditions, pointing out favorite habitats and behaviors to help guests identify each species. The Island is one of the best birding locations on the Eastern Seaboard, and endangered wood storks have become permanent residents of the island.
Of special interest to most visitors are the European fallow deer that were introduced by the owners during the 1920s. The original owner was a great lover of wildlife and hunting, and his goal was to populate the Island with various species of deer and elk. Though the other species of deer have all died, the fallow deer have prospered.
The fallow deer does give birth to their babies in late spring and early summer. The tiny fawns are a delight to see along the sandy roads as they follow their mothers or nurse quietly in the grass. During the fall mating season, guests who listen closely are rewarded with the sounds of the deer “barking.” It is an incredible earthy sound that signals the continuance of the species.
On the Atlantic Ocean side is seven miles of secluded beach with an abundance of treasures for shell seekers. One can also explore the creeks and rivers by motorboat, canoe, or kayak. An abundance of natural resources makes Little St. Simons Island a prime fishing destination for redfish, sea trout, flounder, and other game fish.The boats, all equipment, and fishing tackle are included in an overnight stay.
The Lodge on Little St. Simons and the rustic cottages are the perfect place for romantic couples or wildlife lovers to get away from the stressful life in the city or suburbs of Atlanta. The food and drink that is prepared by excellent chefs is mouth watering, and the laid-back atmosphere of the island is memorable. Everyone who visits this beautiful barrier island, that can only be reached by boat, leaves with both a desire to return and the experience of a lifetime!
For more information, contact:
The Lodge on Little St. Simons Island
P.O. Box 21078
Little St. Simons Island, Georgia 31522-0578
Toll Free (888) 733-5774 ~ Phone (912) 638-7472 ~ Fax (912) 634-1811