Refuge Camps For Edangered Species In Georgia
1. Banks Lake National Refuge: Banks Lake NWR is 3500 acre landmark. Some 1000 acres of open water contains a variety of rare fish. And 2500-acres of the land is a wet marshland holding all kinds of reptiles and marsh wading bird.
2. Blackbeard Island NWR: Blackbeard NWR is one of the oldest refuges for endangered species in the country. Blackbeard Island was not always a refuge camp. In fact it wasn’t until 1924. Blackbeard tries to maintain and preserve the breeding ground for native wildlife and migratory birds.
3. Bond Swamp NWR: Bond Swamp NWR is located along the Ocmulgee River. It is a refuge for animals that live in the threatened wetland ecosystem. There are a rich variety of animals in this refuge. This includes: white-tail deer, wood ducks, black bears, alligators, wood storks, and even a nesting pair of bald eagles. This refuge is not open to the public do to a non operating budget and the staff is not ‘mothballed.’
4. Eufaula NWR: The Eufaula NWR was built mainly for waterfowl, but many other species have made a home there. At Eufaula there has been an intensive land and water management program established to maintain plant and wildlife. Eufaula has a very diverse habitat to support wildlife. Eufaula is covered in pine and hardwood forest. Eufaula is open year-round during the daylight hours. Eufaula offers wildlife oriented recreation activities as well as education on environmental opportunities.
5. Harris Neck NWR: Harris Neck is located in McIntosh County, Georgia. It has been used for an air force base and other U.S Marine forces. On May 25, 1962, the U.S Bureau of Sport Fisheries and Wildlife bought Harris Neck for a migratory bird refuge. The refuge is an overall 2762 acres large. It holds 665 acres of open fields, 649 acres of mixed forest, 1295 acres of salt marsh, and 153 acres of freshwater impoundments.
6. Piedmont NWR: Piedmont NWR is made up of 35,000 acres of pine and hardwood forest. Piedmont holds clear streams and plenty of beaver dams, which provides ideal living conditions for waterfowl. This refuge has a variety of endangered and non-endangered species. It even has the red-cockade woodpecker, which is the most endangered animal in the state of Georgia. Other animals include: several species of neotropical birds, deer, wild turkey, and other wildlife. Prescribed burning and thinning of the forest are two of the forest management processes used in this refuge. Public fishing and hunting are allowed only under special regulations and permits.
7. Savannah NWR: Savannah NWR is located in Chatham and Effingham Counties, Georgia, and Jasper County, South Carolina. This refuge is made up of 26,295 acres of land. There are a variety of public opportunities including wildlife observation of alligators and various birds. There is also interpretation, sport fishing, and the hunting of deer, feral hog, and squirrels.
8. Wassaw NWR: Wassaw NWR is located Chatham County, Georgia. It is one of the seven refuge camps in the Savannah Coastal Refuges complex. It consists of 10,070 acres of land. It is used for a migratory bird refuge. It is made up of a single barrier island, two other smaller islands, and 20 acres of land on the mainland 14 miles south of Savannah, Georgia.
9. Wolf Island NWR: is located in McIntosh County Georgia. It is composed of 5126 acres of land. It is home to a large variety of animals, mostly migratory birds. It is made up of three islands: Wolf Island (4519 acres), Egg Island (593 acres), and Little Egg Island (14 acres). This refuge offers saltwater fishing and crabbing as outdoor activities.