Shark Days

July 18-23, 2017

Special offer: 20% Off!  Book all five nights by 5/30/17.

The second annual Shark Days on Little St. Simons Island begins on Tuesday, July 18th for five nights!  

Join us with special guest experts, Captain Brooks Good, Dr. Eric Reyier and Dr. Jim Gelsleichter to learn more about, and interact with, these fascinating creatures.

Highlights of Shark Days Include: 

·         Kickoff presentation by Captain Brooks Good, focusing on catching, identifying and releasing the various species of sharks found in nearby waters.

·         Charter fishing excursion where we will all head out on Captain Brooks’ fleet of fishing boats to catch and release sharks in local waters.  Dr. Eric Reyier will join us to tag the sharks, collect data and teach us before releasing the animal.

·         Surf fishing and shark tagging from Little St. Simons Island’s beach with our staff naturalists and Drs. Reyer and Gelsleichter. 

·         Learn about and observe Dr. Reyier’s new research project starting this week on Little St. Simons Island, evaluating the potential for the Island’s creeks to be vital pupping ground for newborn lemon sharks.

·         Dr. Jim Gelsleichter to teach us about shark reproduction and life cycle, featuring exciting topics like oophagy and intrauterine cannibalism! 

 

Nightly rates are per couple and include:

  • Two spots on the charter fishing trip
  • Presentations by special guest experts
  • Guided surf fishing with naturalists 
  • Scientific data collection and observation with special guests

In addition to our regular all-inclusive services:

  • meals
  • beverages, including beer & wine
  • naturalist led adventures, like kayaking, truck tours and birding
  • use of equipment, like fishing tackle, kayaks, bicycles & motorized skiffs
  • boat transportation to/from the island

 

 Five night minimum, arriving on Tuesday, July 18th.  Charter fishing trip is subject to weather, and you must book all five nights to participate.  Call to book, or for more information, email Taylor@LittleSSI.com.

Shark Days

Special Guest Bios

Captain Brooks Good

In addition to having over 25 years’ experience fishing around the Golden Isles, Captain Brooks worked as a state biologist for over a decade.  His scientist-sportsman perspective is both fun and enlightening.  Brooks and his crew at Coastal Outdoor Adventures catch and release thousands of sharks each summer. (Below: Capt. Brooks demonstrating fish size exaggeration technique.)

Capt. Brooks demonstrating proper exaggeration technique

Dr. Eric Reyier

Eric Reyier works as a fisheries biologist at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center near Cape Canaveral, Florida. Originally from Seattle, he fell in love with sunshine and is now on year seventeen of a planned two year Florida adventure where he has studied everything from tiny larval fishes to adult sharks.

His current research focuses on using acoustic telemetry and other emerging technologies to resolve the habitat preferences, seasonal migrations, and spawning locations of estuarine and coastal fishes in east Florida and throughout the southeastern United States.

Dr. Jim Gelsleichter

Dr. Gelsleichter has conducted research on sharks and their relatives for more than 20 years.   He is currently an associate professor of Biology at the University of North Florida (UNF) where he teaches courses in shark biology, endocrinology, and toxicology.  Jim also manages the UNF Shark Biology Program which recently took over shark surveys in southeast Georgia. 


Turtle Days

July 23 - August 20, 2017

Loggerhead sea turtles were federally listed as a threatened species in 1978 as the result of significant declines in nesting populations.  Federal and state agencies developed and implemented a recovery plan for sea turtles in the early 1980's.  

Since then GA DNR Non-Game Conservation Section of the Wildlife Resources Division began a coast-wide monitoring project to determine nesting success on all Georgia beaches and to ensure conservation efforts through education, law enforcement and research.  Now, decades later, the number of nests in Georgia suggest that these long term efforts are proving fruitful.  Shattering all previous records, 2016's nesting season gave us 223 nests - nearly 100 more than the previous year's record count!

Come celebrate the success of sea turtles on Little St. Simons Island.  Turtles begin laying eggs in May, and by July and August, many of these nests will hatch.  In addition to our regular naturalist-led activities such as birding, fishing, hiking and kayaking, we will be offering special sea turtle focused activities and educational opportunities July 23 - August 20, with the anticipation that the bulk of our nests will hatch during this time frame.   

 During this time, you may have the opportunity to:

  • Experience sea turtle monitoring techniques
  • Participate in a post -hatch nest excavation and data collection
  • Learn about sea turtle nesting and conservation efforts to restore populations in evening presentations

There may also be the chance to:

  • View sets of tiny turtle tracks from a nest to the ocean
  • See a hatchling making his way out of a nest to the ocean

What you should know: Wildlife-based events cannot be guaranteed, as they are dependent on location, weather and timing of the hatch.  Staying more nights increases your odds of seeing a hatch and nest excavation.  While we have a two-night minimum, we advise those particularly interested in witnessing a turtle event to book five to seven nights.

Because of conservation initiatives, Little St. Simons Island does not permit motorized vehicles on our beach. Therefore, getting to and from nests will be on foot or bicycle.  This can be a terrific workout!

To make reservations, call 888.733.5774 between 9:00a and 5:00p EST, or click on the "Book Now" tab at the top of the screen.


2017 Fall Birding Days

September 21 - 27, 2017

Special offer: Four nights for the price of the three-night package.  Book by 7/30/17.

Celebrate the fall migration on Little St. Simons Island! Guest ornithologists join our staff naturalists on excursions highlighting the abundance of species that flock here during this special time. September 21 - 27, 2017.

Arrive September 21 and stay three nights for $2,075

OR September 24 and stay four nights for the same price!

OR stay for all seven nights for $4,150!

Package prices are subject to taxes and 18% service charge, and are all-inclusive for two people, double-occupancy. Availability is limited, so call 888-733-5774 between 9:00am and 5:00pm ET daily or click "Book Now" at the top of this page for availability and reservations.

Guest Ornithologists: Georgann Schmalz and Brad Winn

Georgann Schmalz has been sharing her passion for birds in one way or another her entire career. After receiving her graduate degree from Clemson University, she began teaching at Fernbank Science Center in DeKalb County, Georgia for almost 30 years.

Georgann is a three time Past-President of the Atlanta Audubon Society, creating an Audubon Master Birder Program and an annual Wildlife Sanctuary Tour of gardens in the Atlanta area.  In addition, she has written a bird and forest curriculum for Our Shared Forests, a joint program between the Maquipucuna Foundation of Ecuador and the State Botanic Gardens and UGA.

Georgann began her own business, Birding Adventures, Inc., and has continued teaching workshops, conducting local field trips, wildlife consulting, and leading birding trips across the United States, Central and South America.

Georgann has produced Bird Songs of Georgia. The 4 CD set includes an instructional narration for each species` voice and examines its physiographic location in Georgia, its habitat and voice mnemonics.

 A life-long naturalist, Brad Winn grew up in Massachusetts, and began birding with his grandfather at about age five.  He went on to spend the majority of his career on the coast of Georgia as a biologist, working for the state of Georgia on a wide range of efforts to protect and restore some of the Southeast’s most iconic rare wildlife, including gopher tortoises, sea turtles, right whales, sea birds, and shorebirds.

 Shorebirds as a whole are in poor shape world-wide, and Brad moved back to Massachusetts in 2011 to work with the Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences specifically on to help stabilize and restore shorebird populations. Staff biologists at Manomet are pursuing opportunities to work with many partner organizations throughout North and South America to turn negative population trends around with interconnected efforts in research, habitat management, site-based capacity building, and delivering workshops in-step with the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.  

  

Possible Sightings Include:

  • black-crowned night heron
  • reddish egret
  • Caspian tern
  • royal tern
  • long-billed curlew
  • piping plover
  • black-bellied plover
  • glossy ibis
  • marbled godwit
  • black-necked stilt
  • American oystercatcher
  • Northern harrier
  • red knot
  • American bittern
  • marsh wren
  • great black-backed gull
  • nighthawk
  • osprey
  • brown thrasher
  • ruby throated hummingbird
  • yellow warbler
  • American redstart
  • Eastern kingbird
  • blue-winged teal
  • bald eagle
  • anhinga
  • and many, many more!

    Photo by Ian Davies

Fall Birding Days

Likely Sightings Include:

 

 Photo by Pete Oxford

  Photo by Pete Oxford

Photo by Tom Johnson

Photo by Tom Johnson

Photo by Brad Winn

Photo by Ian Davies

Photo by Ian Davies

 Photo by Tom Johnson

Photo by Tom Johnson

 Photo by Ian Davies

 


Saltwater Fly Fishing Clinic

October 9-11, 2017

Sold out!  Email lodge@littlessi.com to be added to the wait list.

Are you or your partner interested in saltwater fly fishing?  Have you ever wanted to tie your own flies?  Whether you're a freshwater fly fisherman looking to test new waters, or a spinning reel fisherman looking to learn a new method, there is no better opportunity than this! 

This year, we’re offering the clinic in October!  This is really exciting, because October is known to produce large redfish, and in good numbers.  The clinic begins on Monday, October 9th (Columbus Day) and goes for three nights.  You have to book all three of those nights to participate, but we’d love for you to add a few nights and stay longer. 

·         Three night package: $1875 + $300 per participating angler

·         All-inclusive for two people, double-occupancy

·         Includes all meals, beverages (plus beer and wine), guided fly fishing instruction, other naturalist-led activities, lodging, use of the island's equipment and boat transportation to/from the island

·         If you don't have your own gear, we will supply fly rod, reel and flies at no charge

·         Taxes and 18% service charge are additional

If your partner is fishing but you aren't interested, you are exempt from the $300 angler fee and welcome to join our naturalists on other guided activities like: birding, kayaking, hiking, beachcombing and truck safaris.  

The fly fishing clinic is limited to eight participants, so make your reservation today!  Our office is open daily from 9a to 5p: 912.638.7472.  For questions, email Taylor@LittleSSI.com. 

Meet your Guides

Captain Kenny Dodd

Captain Kenny Dodd is a US Coast Guard-licensed and International Game Fish Association-certified, guide.  He operates Sapelo Light Charters and ties flies out of his McIntosh County home. Kenny specializes in quality flies for trout, redfish, tripletail, flounder, tarpon, bonefish and largemouth bass and sells them to local guides and their customers. His instruction caters to all ages and skill levels. Captain Dodd loves nothing more than turning a fisherman on to saltwater fly fishing.

 He attributes his love for fly fishing to his mentor, Captain Larry Kennedy, Jr.  His first fly fish outing with Kennedy was 25 years ago on Little St. Simons Island. Kenny believes strongly of being a good steward of our rich marine environment.

Robert Ramsay

For ten years, Robert Ramsay managed to be wherever the fishing was in season by bouncing between three continents. During that time, he guided in Montana, Alaska, Russia and Argentina. Robert is former president of the American Fly Fishing Association, and is the current president of the Georgia Conservancy.


Holidays on Little St. Simons Island

December 22-27, 2017 or December 27 - January 1, 2018

Give your family the gift of an island getaway!  Imagine you and your most dear friends and family with an entire island to yourselves.  As an added bonus, you avoid those troublesome hosting responsibilities.  Let us take care of all the meals, entertainment, and lodging.  

Little St. Simons Island is available this year for the holidays for a full island buyout.  Five night minimum.  Friday, December 22nd - Wednesday, December 27th and Wednesday, December 27 -Monday, January 1st.  

For a party of up to 32 guests, we include:

  • three-meals daily, plus naturalist-hosted hors d'oeuvres
  • beverages, including soft drinks, beer and wine
  • naturalist-led activities, like fishing, birding, hikes and more
  • use of the island's equipment, like kayaks, bicycles, motorized skiffs and fishing tackle
  • lodging
  • and boat transportation to/from the island!

Additionally, you'll enjoy amazing service and planning assistance from our Events & Groups specialist, Shana Love.  For more information regarding a full island rental for the holidays, please email: Shana@LittleSSI.com, or call 888.733.5774.

If you are interested in coming for the holidays, with a smaller group and not reserving the entire island, contact Shana to be added to the wait list.  We will contact you at the end of the summer if we are able to offer individual reservations.