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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.
Maggie from Park Forest, IL Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 03/30/14 - 04/04/14
This was a great program and very educational, if you like birds. We saw well over 90. The instructor was amazingly informative and helpful. She inspired me to learn more about bird markings on my own. I know this summer I will be busy with my binoculars.

Ulla from Middleton, WI Number of programs attended: 21
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
I enjoyed this small group program. We did the program in February. The weather was cooler than usual. The group identified 92 birds.

The best part of the program was Ann Wilson our instructor. She is extremely knowledgeable about the local and natural history or the area. She knows her birds but she was also able to identify the jellyfish we found on the beach.

My favorite birding spot was the Woody Pond in Harris Neck NWR. It is a Northern Stork rookery.

The Epworth by the Sea has lovely grounds. The azaleas and camellias were in bloom. The grounds are also a good place to bird on one owns. The rooms are a ittle dated but they are roomy and very clean. The meals are served cafeteria style. However, in the dining room there was a fresh fruit and yogurt bar every breakfast and an excellent salad bar for lunch and dinner. All of the staff were accomadating and helpful when asked.

I enjoyed the lectures and performance but the best part were the actual birding. We had a special treat when the group was birding on the grounds neighbors saw us and told us where we could see an owl nest with owlets. Even the neighbors were accomading.

David from Middleton, WI Number of programs attended: 19
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
Ann Marie, our field leader, was tremendously knowledgeable about the birds of the area, and had the ability to verbally locate individual birds so that most in the group could be sure to see them. (This was my first time using the auditory devices that Road Scholar employs--they were helpful, and Ann Marie used them to good advantage.) Food was good, as were the accommodations. Rusty (the program coordinator) kept transportation and arrangements at the Epworth Lodge running smoothly. We also had a couple of nice meals at local restaurants on St. Simons. I'll mention one evening event as a particular highlight--we had a re-enactor/historian give us a look into the life of an antebellum Southern lady: all explained while dressing one of our group in a full hoop dress (yes, including the corset and underwear!). As is usual on the birding trips, we had a range from neophyte to experienced birders, and I think everyone had a good experience. My only close-to-criticism is that I would have liked to see us visit even more habitats--which would have meant cutting our losses sooner than we did at some sites that turned out not to be particularly "birdy." At any rate, this was an excellent program for birders of all levels of experience.

Emily from Gainesville, FL Number of programs attended: 3
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
Birding the Georgia Colonial Coast is a fine program with a good opportunity to enhance your birding skills. The accomodations and meals were very pleasing. The coastal islands are beautiful! The instructor, Ann Wilson, is highly skilled and motivating.

Christopher from Grand Rapids, MI Number of programs attended: 2
Date attended: 02/17/13 - 02/22/13
We are very glad we went. Loved the whole experience!


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5 nights of accommodations
14 meals: 5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
4 Expert-led lectures
7 Field trips
1 Hands-on experiences
1 Performances

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