"Sapelo Island is A Beautiful Barrier Island" Sapelo Island by no1birdlady

Sapelo Island Travel Guide: 6 reviews and 14 photos

Sapelo Island is a Beautiful Barrier Island

Sapelo is a special place. It has a beautiful lighthouse at the south end, wonderful beaches, maritime forests, marshes, a small settlement and terrible roads.

Getting to Sapelo Island

There is a ferry run by the Georgia Dept. of Natural Resources which runs from the mainland to Sapelo Is. several times a day but you must have your name on the list in order to be able to ride the ferry. I get my name on the list because of doing the Christmas Bird Count which is by invitation only. There are also tours of the island which are arranged by the Sapelo Is. visitor center. Part of the island is run by the Ga. DNR who have some hunts on the island. You can also get on the ferry list if you are selected for a hunt. And the last way is if you are visiting someone who lives in the small village on the island called Hog Hammock. There are a few people in the settlement who will rent a house by the night. The Sapelo visitor center can give you more information about this also.

Winter Birding on Sapelo Island

I have been going over to Sapelo island in December to help with the Christmas Bird Count on the island for about 20 years. Typically we travel to the island on Friday, scout the island, and then do the Christmas Bird Count on Saturday. Then we take the ferry back to the mainland on Sunday. This is a beautiful unspoiled island and the birding is wonderful.

  • Last visit to Sapelo Island: Dec 2005
  • Intro Written Jan 26, 2006
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  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Feb 6, 2006 at 2:09 AM

    Very interesting. This looks like my kind of place, Thanks for sharing the Christmas birdcount experience.

  • 807Wheaton's Profile Photo
    Jan 26, 2006 at 7:37 PM

    Wow! 116 species this year. Looks like you had beautiful weather to do your count. Thanks for sharing this interesting event. Excellent as usual. Marcia


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