Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Exploring LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation

Exploring is part of the fun of birding. Where are some unique new places to go birding?
On Sunday afternoon, a group of ten Coastal Georgia Audubon members headed north of Brunswick for about an hour to explore LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation. Mary Beth Evans, the Executive VP of the LeConte-Woodmanston Foundation, Inc., welcomed us and gave us a delightful tour. . LeConte-Woodmanston Plantation was a rice plantation that was established in 1760 by John Eatton LeConte. There were three generations of LeContes that lived at Woodmanston. They were educators and scientists. People like John Bartram and John J Audubon visited the plantation. Louis LeConte cultivated and built an extensive base of knowledge about native flora.
It was a fun Sunday afternoon. We saw where the LeContes experimented with horticulture in the old garden sight. We walked diked gum-cypress swamps. What a great place for all those hardwood bottomland birds. While we walked, I hear and saw Acadian Flycatcher, Northern Parula, and Red-eyed Vireo. The highlight for me was seeing a Hooded Warbler. It is a wonderful place to explore. Thanks to Mary Beth Evans for the tour.
Here is the website.

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