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ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA

Birding on the New Colonial Coast Birding Trail in Coastal Georgia

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Program #11700RJ
6 Days | 5 Nights
ACTIVITY LEVEL: Active
Love to learn in a small-group setting? This collection of programs has at most 10-24 participants.
See our Small Group programs.
EasyFor people looking to exercise their minds more than their bodies. There’s minimal walking and not too many stairs.
ModerateThese programs get you on your feet and include activities such as walking up to a mile in a day through a city and standing in a museum for a few hours.
ActiveFor people who enjoy walking as much as two miles a day, perhaps to explore historic neighborhoods or a nature trail.
Moderately ChallengingFor hardy explorers who enjoy a good physical challenge, spending most of their days on the go.
ChallengingGet ready to keep up with our highest-energy group. These demanding — and rewarding — programs are for seasoned outdoor enthusiasts.
Elevation Note
St. Simons Island is at sea level.

Equipment Requirements
Bring binoculars, a bird field guide, and scope if you have one. (Scopes are optional).

Itinerary for Mar 16 — Mar 21, 2014

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Type: Conference Center

Description: The conference center hotel, meeting and conference rooms, and dining rooms are interspersed on forty acres of live oak covered, beautifully manicured and maintained grounds on the banks of the Frederica River.

Contact info:
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading light, telephone with voicemail, Cable TV, AC, and daily maid service.

Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicioius, freshly prepared buffet meals. Tennis courts, fishing pier, walkways are on-site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices vary. Call.
Please call Epworth by the Sea reception desk at 912-638-8688.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day One: Sunday, March 16 - Registration/Birding Orientation
Afternoon: Check-in begins at 4:00 pm. A packet of the week's activities and name tags will be distributed at check-in. At 5:00 pm a Welcome to Epworth meeting and orientation will be held in the classroom.

Dinner: A buffet style dinner will be served in the Epworth Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.

Evening: The weeks activities and schedule will be reviewed with your birding leader in preparation for your birding field trips. The overall Week will include differentiation vultures -Osprey, American Kestrels, Merlins, Peregrine Falcons, Clapper and King Rails and the Roseate Spoonbill.

Lodging: Epworth by the Sea Methodist Center

Meals Included: Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The conference center hotel, meeting and conference rooms, and dining rooms are interspersed on forty acres of live oak covered, beautifully manicured and maintained grounds on the banks of the Frederica River.

Contact info:
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading light, telephone with voicemail, Cable TV, AC, and daily maid service.

Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicioius, freshly prepared buffet meals. Tennis courts, fishing pier, walkways are on-site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices vary. Call.
Please call Epworth by the Sea reception desk at 912-638-8688.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Two: Monday, March 17 - Epworth Birding Walk/St. Simons Island /East Beac...
Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room including eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, waffles/pancakes, toast, sweet rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: Learn best spots for birding at your home base at Epworth as you start your day off with a local field trip close to home. Afternoon field trip includes a tidal beach with opportunities for Black Skimmers, Semi-palmated Plovers, peeps and more, as we wander bird spots right here on property.

Lunch: Lunch is served buffet style in the dining room and includes hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.

Afternoon: Enjoy a guided tour of historic St. Simons Island. Spend time at various beautiful locales which may lend themselves to birding. Then meet your bird guide for a birding walk on East Beach.

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in the dining room. Choices include hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.

Evening: End your day with an evening birding at a selected spot on St. Simons Island.

Lodging: Epworth by the Sea Methodist Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The conference center hotel, meeting and conference rooms, and dining rooms are interspersed on forty acres of live oak covered, beautifully manicured and maintained grounds on the banks of the Frederica River.

Contact info:
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading light, telephone with voicemail, Cable TV, AC, and daily maid service.

Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicioius, freshly prepared buffet meals. Tennis courts, fishing pier, walkways are on-site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices vary. Call.
Please call Epworth by the Sea reception desk at 912-638-8688.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Three: Tuesday, March 18 - Birding on Sapelo Island/Barrier Island Dynamics
Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room including eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, waffles/pancakes, toast, sweet rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: Board bus to travel to Sapelo Island Dock; board ferry to Sapelo Island for 30 minute ride across Doboy Sound. Enjoy the unspoiled beauty of Sapelo Island on a guided field trip. Enjoy bird walks throughout the day at various locations, interspersed with stops at Hog Hammock, the Gullah slave descendant community, Nannygoat Beach, and the Reynolds Mansion. Field trips: 1

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch under the gazebo at Nannygoat Beach. Time for walking the beach, searching for shells, and dipping your toes will be included.

Afternoon: Continue the exploration of Sapelo Island. Bird walk on the beach and view and climb the restored Sapelo Lighthouse searching for the elusive Painted Bunting. Sapelo is one of only two locations in the US with the Plains Chachalaca. Meadows may produce sitings of the Eastern Meadowlark, Loggerhead Shrikes, and Eastern Bluebirds. Pine forest will include Red-headed and Downy Woodpeckers, nuthatches and creepers.

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in Epworth's dining room. Choices include hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.

Evening: Why are the birds on this section of the island? What forces are effecting the growth of the island? Learn the answers to these and other questions at our fascinating Barrier Island Dynamics class.

Lodging: Epworth by the Sea Methodist Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The conference center hotel, meeting and conference rooms, and dining rooms are interspersed on forty acres of live oak covered, beautifully manicured and maintained grounds on the banks of the Frederica River.

Contact info:
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading light, telephone with voicemail, Cable TV, AC, and daily maid service.

Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicioius, freshly prepared buffet meals. Tennis courts, fishing pier, walkways are on-site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices vary. Call.
Please call Epworth by the Sea reception desk at 912-638-8688.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Four: Wednesday, March 19 - Jekyll Island Tour/Jekyll Historic District and R...
Jekyll Island Tour/Jekyll Historic District and Rookery/Free Evening and Homework Time

Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room including eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, waffles/pancakes, toast, sweet rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: Visit the jewel of Georgia. Jekyll Island boasts some of the best birding in the south. Beach, maritime forest, pond and even a campground are just some of the habitats we will bird on this trip. Painted Buntings and Wilson's Plovers may be seen in the spring, while soaring falcons are likely in the fall.

Lunch: Lunch at a popular Jekyll Island restaurant called Sea Jays..

Afternoon: Enjoy some free time on your own in the Jekyll Island Historic District followed with a visit to the Rookery where many wading birds nest and raise their young.

Dinner: Dinner is served buffet style in the Epworth dining room. Choices include hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.

Evening: Enjoy a free evening on St. Simons Island. Take in the beach, sunset over the marsh, or just sit back and relax. Be sure to check out one of the fabulous local restaurants. Take some time to work on your "Bird Homework."

Lodging: Epworth by the Sea Methodist Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Type: Conference Center

Description: The conference center hotel, meeting and conference rooms, and dining rooms are interspersed on forty acres of live oak covered, beautifully manicured and maintained grounds on the banks of the Frederica River.

Contact info:
100 Arthur J. Moore Drive
St. Simons Island, GA 31522 USA
phone: 912-638-8688
web: www.epworthbythesea.org

Room amenities: Rooms are tastefully decorated with two double beds, a private bath, table and chairs, reading light, telephone with voicemail, Cable TV, AC, and daily maid service.

Facility amenities: Epworth is a gracious, warm place devoted to serving its guests. Amenities include a fishing pier, landscaped walkways, gift shop, email access center for laptops, and delicioius, freshly prepared buffet meals. Tennis courts, fishing pier, walkways are on-site.

Smoking policy: No
Smoking policies vary by facility. During all group events and activities, smoking is prohibited.

Elevator: Yes

Additional nights before: Prices vary. Call.
Please call Epworth by the Sea reception desk at 912-638-8688.

Check in time: 3:00 PM


Day Five: Thursday, March 20 - Harris Neck NWR and Altamaha River Delta/Old Rice...
Harris Neck NWR and Altamaha River Delta/Old Rice Plantation/Entertainment

Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room including eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, waffles/pancakes, toast, sweet rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: Enjoy morning bird walks in the Altamaha River Delta on old earthen dikes in rice plantation country. Bird Woody Pond in Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge for opportunities for waders and dabblers.

Lunch: Enjoy a picnic lunch.

Afternoon: Continue birding at an old rice plantation and enjoy the historical tour of the state site. At Harris Neck, pond work will lend Pied-billed Grebes, Eastern Phoebe, Anhingas and Wood Storks. In the afternoon in the rice fields one may see sparrows, Black-bellied Whistling-ducks and possible Sora Rails.

Dinner: A buffet style dinner will be served in the Epworth Dining Room. Choices include hot entrees, a soup and salad bar, and desserts.

Evening: Sit back and relax with local entertainers.

Lodging: Epworth by the Sea Methodist Center

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day Six: Friday, March 21 - Bird List and Quiz Check
Breakfast: A full southern breakfast is served buffet style in the dining room including eggs, bacon, sausage, grits, oatmeal, cereal, waffles/pancakes, toast, sweet rolls, fruit, juice and coffee.

Morning: Check your birding list for the week, then review your Bird Quiz and see how you did! Program ends by 10:00 a.m. Epworth checkout is 11:30 a.m.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Important information about your itinerary:
Please know that while we do everything we can to finalize all aspects of our programs well in advance, there are logistics that occasionally must be altered. Our website will reflect the most recent information, and we are committed to providing you with final program details no later than eight weeks prior to the start of programs outside the U.S. and three weeks prior to the start of programs within the U.S. If you ever have questions about your program, please don't hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to assist you.

Our Value Promise To You

You won't find a better value.

Included
at no additional cost on this date ...
5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
9 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

Ratings

4.7
Ratings are determined by participant evaluations.

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