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2019 Fall Meeting

10/11/2019 - 10/14/2019

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2019 GOS Fall Meeting

The Georgia Ornithological Society’s Winter Meeting
October 11-14, 2019
Villas By the Sea, Jekyll Island


Meeting Hotel Details

Villas By the Sea

1175 N. Beachview Drive

Jekyll Island, Georgia 31527

Call 800-841-6262 for reservations, or visit the website at: 

Villas by the Sea

Use the group code “GOS Conference” to receive discounted rates:

October 2019 Island Side Oceanside Occupancy
Mini Villa/Studio Villa $115 N/A 1-2
One Bedroom $135 $145 1-2
Two Bedroom $179 $199 1-4
Three Bedroom $219 $239 1-6

7% Sales Tax, 5% Hotel Occupancy Tax, and 5% Resort Fee are additional to room rate.

Rate is per room per night.  Tax and resort fee subject to change without notice.  

2 night minimum required for group rates.

Group Rate cutoff date is September 11, 2019.

 


SATURDAY NIGHT’S KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

 

"Inside the World of Bird Migration"

Kenn Kaufman

author, artist, photographer,

lecturer, world traveler,

and naturalist

 

 

Migration is a huge phenomenon -- involving billions of birds, some traveling thousands of miles -- but oddly enough, it's often invisible. Even after years of research, some things about migration are still mysterious, and some of the best-known "facts" about it turn out to be wrong. This is an inside look at the science (and the magic) of this wonderful worldwide movement of birds.

 

Kenn Kaufman is an author, artist, photographer, lecturer, world traveler, and naturalist, dedicated to the cause of bird conservation. He is a Fellow of the American Ornithological Society and has received the American Birding Association's lifetime achievement award -- twice. The most recent of his dozen books is "A Season on the Wind: Inside the World of Spring Migration", published in April 2019.   Kenn is also the author of numerous field guides as well as the well known "Kingbird Highway: The Biggest Year in the Life of an Extreme Birder".

 

 


 

FRIDAY NIGHT’S PRESENTATION

 

“Birding the Georgia Coast: One Habitat at a Time”

Diana Churchill

 

 

One of the keys to finding birds is knowing where to look. This program will offer a overview of the many unique habitats found here on the Georgia coast and some of the specialty birds found in each habitat. Bring your ear and ID skills as some audience participation will be involved.

 

Diana Churchill grew up in Savannah and developed an early love for the Low Country’s salt marshes, tidal creeks, and sandy beaches. She attended Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida where she majored in Spanish. 

 

Pursuing an interest in holistic healing, Diana completed a course in Therapeutic Massage at the Boulder School of Massage Therapy, and thereafter moved to Massachusetts to pursue a seventeen-year career as a massage therapist. She earned a Master’s Degree in Holistic Studies from Lesley College.

 

While in Massachusetts, Diana joined the Brookline Bird Club and became seriously hooked on birds – particularly the spring migration of songbirds.  Also, during this time, Diana embarked on a four-month mid-life adventure, traveling around Australia watching and photographing birds. After her return to Massachusetts, she became tired of listening to herself complain about the weather and realized it was time to make like the birds and migrate back to the south. 

 

In 2001, she got the idea to write a small article about birds for the Savannah Morning News “Closeup” section. Editor Steve Corrigan said “yes,” and so began her now 18-year tenure as a bi-monthly columnist. When her readers  began clamoring that they were tired of cutting out her articles and saving them, Diana tackled a book project and published “Birder’s Eye View: Savannah and the Low Country” in December, 2011. In 2018, she published “Birder’s Eye View II: The Low Country.”

 

Diana works for Wild Birds Unlimited, has served several terms as President of Ogeechee Audubon Society, and acted as a naturalist guide for field trips for Wilderness Southeast, Ogeechee Audubon, and the Georgia Ornithological Society. She is a sought after speaker at area garden clubs and birding organizations, including Sun City Bird Club, Hilton Head Audubon, and the Friends of the Savannah Coastal Refuges. 

 


SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE

Friday, 11 October 2019

Meet Field Trip Leaders on Your Own

Dinner on Your Own

6:30-7:30 PM – Registration and Flocking (cash bar)

7:30-8:30 PM – Friday Night Speaker 

Diana Churchill

“Birding the Georgia Coast: One Habitat at a Time”

8:30-8:45 PM – Discussion of Saturday’s Field Trips

 

Saturday, 12 October 2019

Breakfast on Your Own

6:45 AM – First Field Trip Departs 6:15 PM – Last Field Trip Return

5:30-6:45 PM – Flocking (cash bar) and Poster Sessions

6:45-7:45 PM – President’s Address, Announcements, and Banquet Dinner

7:45-8:45 PM – Keynote Speaker:

Kenn Kaufman

“Inside the World of Bird Migration”

8:45-9:15 PM – Discussion of Sunday’s Field Trips and Species Countdown

 

Sunday, 13 October 2019

Breakfast on Your Own

6:30AM – First Field Trip Depart

6:00PM – Last Field Trip Returns

Dinner on Your Own

 

Monday, 14 October 2019

Breakfast on Your Own

6:45 AM – First Field Trip Departs

No Return to Hotel

 


FIELD TRIP INFORMATION

Unless otherwise noted, all times are departure/return times to Villas By the Sea.

*For all Friday field trips, please meet your Field Trip Leader at the birding location at the designated start time.

*For all Monday field trips, there will be no return trips to the hotel.

*For your personal comfort, safety, and enjoyment, always bring your binoculars, spotting scope, sturdy walking shoes, layers of clothing, rain gear, insect repellent, sun screen, water, and a sack lunch or snacks on all field trips.  Be advised that most trip destinations do not have bathroom facilities.

 

Friday, October 11th

 

ANDREWS ISLAND CAUSEWAY AND DISPOSAL SITE

Leader: Nathan Farnau. Meet Nathan at the intersection of the Andrews Island Causeway and US Highway 341. Leave Jekyll Island at 7:30 AM for the drive to the meet up location. Trip ends at approximately 1:00 PM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00.

Andrews Island is currently managed by the Department of Transportation and access is restricted, so take advantage of this rare opportunity. The causeway leading to the Disposal Site is a special treat with frequent sightings of Roseate Spoonbills, Clapper Rails, American White Pelicans, American Avocets, and sparrows. The Disposal Site serves as a depository for dredged spoil from nearby waterways and attracts a wide range of migrating, breeding, and wintering birds. When water is plentiful, shorebirds, wading birds, and ducks are present in large numbers. At high tide, many shorebirds use it as a resting site when their usual feeding areas in the surrounding channels are flooded. We are seeking permission to carpool into the Disposal Site, but walking may be necessary. Come prepared. Trip rigor: Easy

 

GLENNVILLE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY

Leader: Gene Wilkinson. Meet Gene at the water treatment facility at 9:00 AM. Trip ends at 1:00 PM. Limit: None. Cost: $0.00.

Join Glennville resident Gene Wilkinson for a two-mile hike around the impoundments of this wonderful birding site for waterfowl, waders, raptors, and songbirds. Trip rigor: Easy, with quite a bit of walking.

 

SAPELO ISLAND

Leaders: Malcolm Hodges and Mike Weaver. Ferry leaves the Meridian dock promptly at 9:00AM, arrive at the dock no later than 8:30AM. Depart 6:45 AM from hotel. Return to Meridian dock 5:00 PM. Limit: 15 participants. Cost: $25.00 plus $5.00 ferry fee (paid at the dock).

This 16,000 acre, 11-mile long island has a rich history and a diverse assemblage of birds within its pristine maritime forests, marshes, and beaches. Trip rigor: Moderate, with a few short hikes.

 

JEKYLL ISLAND BANDING STATION (JIBS)

Leader: Evan Pittman. Meet Evan at JIBS at 7:30 AM. Trip ends at 11:30 AM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00, but donations to keep JIBS up and running are much appreciated.

The Jekyll Island Banding Station is a non-profit all volunteer bird banding station operating on the south end of Jekyll Island since 1978. Dedicated licensed banders and bird enthusiasts band Neotropical passerines during fall migration for scientific study and education. Visitors will have excellent photo opportunities and will be given a tour of mist netting operations. Trip rigor: Easy. Note: If you can’t attend one of the “official” trips to JIBS, Evan says, “Drop by any time!”

 

ST. CATHERINES ISLAND (FULL)

Leaders: Dan Vickers and Kris Bisgard. Assemble at the Halfmoon Marina dock at 7:15 AM. Return: 5:00 PM. Limit: 8 participants. Cost: $50.00 (all funds will be transferred to the SCI Foundation).

The St. Catherines Island Foundation owns the island and operates it for charitable, scientific, literary, and educational purposes. The Foundation aims to promote conservation of natural resources, the preservation of historic sites, and to expand human knowledge in the fields of ecology, botany, zoology, natural history, archaeology, and other scientific and educational disciplines. Wildlife abounds due to miles of unspoiled beaches, dense maritime forest, and interior wetlands. You'll tour most habitats on the island including beach, pine flatwoods, maritime forest, and salt marsh. Trip rigor: Moderate, with quite a bit of walking. Walking boots recommended.


 

Saturday, October 12th

 

JEKYLL ISLAND BIRD SANCTUARY FEEDER WATCH

Leader: Lydia Thompson. Start at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. No limit. Cost: $0.00.

Meet Lydia at the Jekyll Island Campground Bird Sanctuary. She will be conducting a feeder watch for passerines. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Trip rigor: Easy.

 

ALTAMAHA WATERFOWL MANAGEMENT AREA

Leader: Bob Sargent. Depart: 7:00 AM. Return: 1:00 PM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00.

The 27,000 acre Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area near Darien consists of 3,154 acres of managed freshwater and brackish waterfowl impoundments, bottomland hardwoods, and cypress-tupelo swamps. It is one of the premier waterfowl migration areas in Georgia. It also provides habitat for a tremendous diversity of other birds including Wilson’s Snipe, Common and Purple Gallinules, White and Glossy Ibises, numerous species of egrets and herons, Black-necked Stilts, migratory shorebirds, and a wide range of raptors, falcon, and owls. Birding is from the dikes or observation towers. Trip rigor: Easy, with quite a bit of walking. Note: You must possess a hunting or fishing license, or lands pass.

www.georgiawildlife.com.

 

ALTAMA PLANTATION WILDIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

Leader: Gene Keferl. Depart: 7:00 AM. Return 2:00 PM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00.

Join Gene at this brand new state-owned 3,986-acre Wildlife Management Area situated on a tributary of the Altamaha River and adjacent to the Altamaha Waterfowl Management Area. Formerly a rice plantation, the property has maritime forest, tidal creeks, old rice paddies and dykes, ponds, and managed pine plantations.

Trip rigor: Moderate, with quite a bit of walking.

 

ANDREWS ISLAND CAUSEWAY AND DISPOSAL SITE

Leader: Adam Betuel. 8:00 AM. Return: approximately 1:00 PM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00. Andrews Island is currently managed by the Department of Transportation and access is restricted, so take advantage of this opportunity. The causeway leading to the Spoils Site is a special treat with frequent sightings of Roseate Spoonbills, Clapper Rails, American White Pelicans, American Avocets, and sparrows. The Spoils Site serves as a depository for dredged spoil from nearby waterways and attracts a wide range of migrating, breeding, and wintering birds. When water is plentiful, shorebirds, wading birds, and ducks are present in large numbers. At high tide, many shorebirds use it as a resting site when their usual feeding areas in the surrounding channels are flooded.

We are seeking permission to carpool into the Disposal Site, but walking may be necessary. Come prepared.

 

JEKYLL ISLAND BANDING STATION (JIBS)

Leader: Evan Pittman. Meet Evan at JIBS at 7:30 AM. Trip ends at 11:30 AM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00, but donations to keep JIBS up and running are much appreciated.

The Jekyll Island Banding Station is a non-profit all volunteer bird banding station operating on the south end of Jekyll Island since 1978. Dedicated licensed banders and bird enthusiasts band Neotropical passerines during fall migration for scientific study and education. Visitors will have excellent photo opportunities and will be given a tour of mist netting operations. Trip rigor: Easy. Note: If you can’t attend one of the “official” trips to JIBS, Evan says, “Drop by any time!”

 

SAPELO ISLAND

Leaders: Malcolm Hodges and Nathan Farnau. Ferry leaves the Meridian dock promptly at 9:00AM, arrive at the dock no later than 8:30AM. Depart 6:45 AM from hotel. Return to Meridian dock 5:00 PM. Limit: 15 participants. Cost: $25.00 plus $5.00 ferry fee (paid at the dock).

This 16,000 acre, 11-mile long island has a rich history and a diverse assemblage of birds within its pristine maritime forests, marshes, and beaches. Trip rigor: Moderate, with a few short hikes.


Sunday, October 13th

 

CANNON’S POINT, ST SIMONS ISLAND

Leader: Bob Sattelmeyer. Depart 7:00 AM. Return: 1:00 PM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00.

Join Bob at this conservation area owned by the St. Simons Land Trust. This 608-acre nature preserve comprises maritime forest, salt marsh, and tidal creeks. Trip rigor: Easy, with quite a bit of walking.

 

CUMBERLAND ISLAND

Leader: Adam Betuel and Leslie Weichsel. Depart: 7:00 AM. Return: 5:30 PM. Limit: 20 participants, minimum of 8. Cost: $38.00 - $40.00 ($28.00 - $30.00 ferry fee + $10.00 reservation fee). America the Beautiful passes are honored. This trip will be cancelled if fewer than 8 sign up.

Join Adam and Leslie on Georgia’s largest and southernmost barrier island to bird pristine forests, undeveloped beaches, and expansive marshes. The island has one of the largest remaining coastal maritime forests and 9,800 acres of the island have been designated by Congress as a Wilderness Area. Moderate, with considerable walking. Walking boots recommended Note: Advanced reservation for the ferry is required. Call (877) 860-6787 or visit http://www.cumberlandislandferry.com to make and pay for ferry reservations in advance. Plan to pay the reservation fee of $10.00 at the Mainland Visitor Center at check-in.

 

JEKYLL ISLAND BANDING STATION (JIBS)

Leader: Evan Pittman. Meet Evan at JIBS at 7:30 AM. Trip ends at 11:30 AM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00, but donations to keep JIBS up and running are much appreciated.

 

The Jekyll Island Banding Station is a non-profit all volunteer bird banding station operating on the south end of Jekyll Island since 1978. Dedicated licensed banders and bird enthusiasts band Neotropical passerines during fall migration for scientific study and education. Visitors will have excellent photo opportunities and will be given a tour of mist netting operations. Trip rigor: Easy. Note: If you can’t attend one of the “official” trips to JIBS, Evan says, “Drop by any time!”

 

CLAYHOLE SWAMP WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

Leader: Larry Carlile. Meet at the Winn Dixie on US HWY 314 N (5420 New Jesup HWY) at 7:30 AM. The Winn Dixie is approximately a 30 minute drive from The Villas. Return: 2:00 PM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00.

Larry will lead you to this 5,242-acre Wildlife Management Area. Like many Georgia WMAs, it is manage for fiber production, but also contains extensive bottomland hardwoods swamps and maritime forest likely to harbor migrating fall warblers. Trip rigor: Moderate, with quite a bit of walking

 

JEKYLL ISLAND HOT SPOTS

Leader: Diana Churchill. Depart 7:00 AM. Finish about noon. Limit: 15 participants. Cost: $0.00.

Join Diana as you visit the many hot spots of Jekyll Island. The tides will determine the order of places you visit. You’ll trek out to South Beach hoping for that stray rarity among the terns, gulls and other shorebirds and maybe some cute plovers along the rack line. Hopefully you’ll pick up a few migrants on the way to and from the beach. The amphitheater will be checked for night herons, waders, and passerine migrants. The group will hit Clam Creek looking for more luck with migrants and maybe a couple of raptors. You’ll head out the Jekyll Island Causeway to the Visitor's Center to check the mudflats and saltmarsh for shorebirds and sparrows respectively. The trip should end by lunchtime. Trip rigor: Easy.

 

JEKYLL ISLAND WELCOME CENTER BIG SIT

Leader: Lydia Thompson. Start at 9:00 AM No limit. Cost: $0.00

Meet Lydia at the Jekyll Island Welcome Center observation tower. She will be there all day scanning for shorebirds, waders, gulls, terns, and songbirds. Drop in for a few minutes or a few hours. Trip rigor: Easy.


Monday, October 14th

 

ALTAMAHA SOUND BOAT TRIP

Leaders: Tim Keyes and Captain Phillip. Meet at the McKay boat landing (Torras Causeway near Morningstar Marina) no later than 7:15 AM. Boat departs at 7:30AM. Return: 3:00 PM. Limit: 35. Cost: $65.00.

Join Tim and Capt. Phillips as you cruise around Wolf, Little Egg, and Little St. Simons Islands looking through flocks of shorebirds that roost in the Altamaha Sound. Trip rigor: Easy, but be prepared for rough water. Note: The boat will depart from the dock promptly at 7:30 am.

 

HARRIS NECK NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Leader: Larry Carlile. Depart Jekyll 7:30 AM. No Return to Hotel. Limit: 20 people. Cost: $0.00

Meet Larry at the Harris Neck NWR gate at 9:00 AM. Harris Neck’s 2,762 acres consists of saltwater marsh, grassland, and mixed deciduous woods. Because of this great variety of habitats, many different species of birds are attracted to the refuge throughout the year. Large concentrations of ducks gather in the marshland and freshwater pools. Over 15 miles of paved roads and trails provide easy access to the many different habitats. Chosen for its accessibility and bird diversity, Harris Neck is one of 18 sites forming the Colonial Coast Birding Trail, inaugurated in 2000. Trip rigor: Easy.

 

GLENNVILLE WATER TREATMENT FACILITY

Leader: Gene Wilkinson. Meet Gene at the water treatment facility at 9:00 AM (it will take you ~1.5 hours to drive there from Jekyll Island). Trip ends at 1:00 PM. Limit: None. Cost: $0.00.

Join Glennville resident Gene Wilkinson for a two-mile hike around the impoundments of this wonderful birding site for waterfowl, rails, waders, raptors, and songbirds. Trip rigor: Easy, with quite a bit of walking.

 

JEKYLL ISLAND BANDING STATION (JIBS)

Leader: Evan Pittman. Meet Evan at JIBS at 7:30 AM. Trip ends at 11:30 AM. Limit: 20 participants. Cost: $0.00, but donations to keep JIBS up and running are much appreciated.

The Jekyll Island Banding Station is a non-profit all-volunteer bird banding station operating on the south end of Jekyll Island since 1978. Dedicated licensed banders and bird enthusiasts will band Neotropical passerines during fall migration for scientific study and education. Visitors will have excellent photo opportunities and will be given a tour of mist netting operations. Trip rigor: Easy.

 


 

Field Trip Directions

Altama Plantation WMA

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn left onto US-17 S and travel approx. 5.4 miles to I-95 N.

-Turn right to merge onto I-95 N, then continue on I-95 N for approx. 12.8 miles to exit 42 for GA-99.

-Turn left onto GA-99 and travel for 0.5 miles, entrance is on the right.

 

Altamaha Sound Boat Trip

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn right onto US-17 N.

-Turn right the F.J. Torras Causway.

-Turn right onto Marina Drive

 

Altamaha Wildlife Management Area

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E.

-Continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway, then turn right onto US-17 N.

-Continue on US-17 N for approx. 18.5 mi, then turn right into the old dairy barn parking lot across the road from the main WMA complex.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.350, -81.446”.

 

Andrews Island Causeway

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E and continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

 -Turn right onto US-17 N and continue for approx. 2.3 miles.

-In Brunswick, turn left onto 4th Ave.

-Turn right onto Newcastle St.

-Turn left onto 1st Ave.

-Turn right onto Bay St.

-Continue on Bay St., then US-341 past the marina, then turn left onto Andrews Island Causeway (first gravel road past the marina).

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.163, -81.500”.

 

Cannon’s Point

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn right onto US-17 N.

-Turn right the F.J. Torras Causway.

-Continue onto Kings Way.

-Veer left onto Sea Island Rd.

-Turn left onto Frederica Rd.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto Lawrence Rd.

-Continue on Lawrence Rd. until you see the Cannon’s Point sign on the right.

-Turn right and follow the road to the entrance gate.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.254, -81.350”.

 

Clayhole Swamp WMA

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn left onto US-17 S and travel approx. 5.6 miles to I-95 N.

-Drive north on I-95 to Exit 36B.

-Travel north on US Hwy 341 to Crispen Blvd, turn right, then make an immediate left into the shopping center parking lot.

--If using a smartphone GPS app, enter5420 New Jesup Highway, or grid coordinates “31.226, -81.526”.

 

Cumberland Island

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn left onto US-17 S and travel approx. 5.6 miles to I-95 S.

-Travel south on I-95 for 27.8 miles.

-Take Exit 1 for St. Marys Rd.

-Follow St Marys Rd/GA-40 E for 8.7 mi.

-Turn right onto St., Marys St. W.

-The Mainland Visitor’s Center is on the left.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “30.720, -81.550”.

 

Glennville Water Treatment Facility

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn left onto US-17 S and travel approx. 5.4 miles to I-95 N.

-Turn right to merge onto I-95 N, then continue on I-95 N for approx. 28.8 miles to exit 58 for GA-57 W/GA-99 N toward Townsend Rd / Eulonia.

-Continue on GA-57 W for approx. 42.6 miles, then turn right onto Pecan Rd.

-Continue on Pecan Rd. for 0.8 miles, then turn left into the Water Treatment Facility.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.913, -81.926”.

 

Jekyll Island Banding Station

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 2nd exit onto S. Beachview Dr.

-Turn left onto Macey Lane.

-The trailhead is at the intersection of Macey Lane and St. Andrews Dr.

 

Jekyll Island Campground Bird Sanctuary Big Sit

-Turn right out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-Continue on Beachview Dr. for approx. 1.5 mi., then left onto Claflin Rd.

-Continue on Claflin Rd. and find pullouts on the side of the road in which to park.  The bird feeders are located in campsite J-9.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.103, -81.411”.

 

Jekyll Island Welcome Center Big Sit

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E

-Continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway for approx. 2 miles.

-Turn right into the Jekyll Island Welcome Center.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.058, -81.446”.

 

Sapelo Island

-Turn left out of Villas by the Sea onto Beachview Dr.

-At the traffic circle, take the 1st exit onto GA-520 E, then continue onto the Jekyll Island Causeway.

-Turn right onto US-17 N and continue for 20.1 miles to GA-99 N.

-Turn right onto GA-99 N and continue for 8 miles to Landing Rd.

-Turn right onto Landing Rd for 0.5 miles.

-Continue onto Sapelo Dock Rd., then turn right.

-If using a smartphone GPS app, enter grid coordinates “31.454, -81.365”.

 

St. Catherine’s Island

-From I-95 N take Exit 76 (GA-84, Midway).

-Drive east on US-84 for approx. 7.5 miles.

-Turn right onto Kings Rd.

-Continue on Kings Rd for 0.9 miles, then turn right onto Camellia Rd.

-Continue on Camellia Rd. for 0.2 miles, then turn left into a dirt driveway.  There are two mailboxes, one with a small St. Catherines sticker at this intersection. Park anywhere, remembering to stay off the road which circles the parking lot.

 

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