Turtle Days

July 19th - August 6th, 2020 SPECIAL OFFER!! 4th night free! **

Stay four consecutive nights between July 19th- August 6th - 4th night is free! Package rates includes lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, soft drinks, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.**

Little St. Simons Island’s many treasures include our seven-mile stretch of undeveloped beach and thousands of acres of marsh. More than just a beautiful landscape, these are prime habitats for a variety of species of wildlife.

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 a recovery plan for sea turtles in the early 1980's.

Since then, the GA DNR Non Game Conservation Section of the Wildlife Resources Division began a coast wide monitoring project to determine nesting success on all Georgia beached 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. The summer of 2019 was a record-breaking year for total number of nests both on Little St. Simons (237) and on the Georgia coast as a whole since conservation efforts began.

Come celebrate the outstanding sea turtle nesting success on Little St. Simons Island! During recent summers, a 100 nests have been documented on our 7 miles of beach. In July and August, many of these will hatch. In addition, to our regular naturalist-led activities such as kayaking, birding, fishing or hiking, there will be special sea turtle focused activities and educational opportunities.

 
**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

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.

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Shark Days

July 10 - 13, 2020

This event is a deep dive into the world of shark biology and the role of sharks in our coastal and marine ecosystems!

Join shark biologists and Little St. Simons Island naturalists on adventures and activities that give you and your family hands-on experience with real research.

You and/or your future marine biologist will have the opportunity to take and record data, handle and tag sharks, and learn from professionals. This is a truly unique opportunity to engage in current field biology, giving you a new perspective, and giving young aspiring biologists invaluable experience for their future endeavors. Plus... everything else the pristine Little St. Simons has to offer is included!

Three-night All-inclusive package: $1,880**
~Arrive July 10th and depart July 13th

 

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Many shark species rely on coastal waters for the nutrition and protection they provide as nursery habitat. Georgia’s coast has been consistently studied for its role as nursery ground since the late 1990s, yet there is still much to uncover so that we can better understand and protect these creatures.

Recent observations on Little St. Simons Island have led researchers to believe that our waters around the island might serve as nursery habitat for the Lemon Shark (Negaprion brevirostris). If proven, this would represent a new location known to the science of lemon shark reproductive biology. Former naturalist Andrew Lyons took this as a challenge and is conducting his thesis research on illuminating this idea.

Joined by his advisors, Dr. Bryan Franks, Dr. Eric Reyier, and aiding researcher Bonnie Ahr, Andrew will return to gather more data this summer in adding to his work.

You’ll be joining this  team on their mission in the field and in an informal lecture setting during this 3-night event, while enjoying the endless natural beauty of Little St. Simons Island.

 

Activities:

  • Field work with researchers: observe and assist working researchers at your leisure
  • Fishing: for local fish (if sharks are caught, you can assist in tagging and data gathering by researchers)
  • Presentations and activities after dinner
  • Naturalist-led adventures (ie. Kayaking, safari excursions, hiking, birding, history excursions) 

 

 

Package rates includes lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, soft drinks, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island. 


**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

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.

 


Fall Birding Days

September 25th - October 2nd, 2020

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. 

 

SEVEN-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $5,120**

~Arrive September 25th and depart October 2nd

FOUR-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,990**

~Arrive September 25th and depart September 29th 

THREE-NIGHT ALL-INCLUSIVE PACKAGE: $2,130**

~Arrive September 29th and depart October 2nd

 

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 Package rates include lodging, three meals daily prepared by our chefs, soft drinks, all Island activities including guided Naturalist excursions and use of recreation gear as well as boat transfers to and from the island.

**All rates are for double occupancy in The Hunting Lodge, River Lodge, Cedar House or Helen House. The Tom House and Michael Cottage rates are higher.  An additional adult in the same room is $200 per night and children under 12 are $100 per night. An 18% service charge plus applicable taxes will be added to the above rates. 

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

 

Richard Hall

September 25th - September 29th

Richard grew up in England, and according to his parents, started birding before he could walk. His lifelong passion for birds led him to pursue ecological research, and since joining the faculty at the University of Georgia in 2009, he has worked on understanding drivers of wildlife infectious diseases and how animal migrations respond to environmental change. Richard is a former president of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, and currently serves on the Georgia Ornithological Society’s Checklists and Records Committee. Richard visits the Georgia coast regularly with student groups and for Christmas Bird Counts; he has fallen in love with Georgia’s pristine barrier islands, and is excited to share their untamed beauty and incredible birdlife with you.

 

Adam Betuel

September 29th - October 2nd

Adam Betuel was introduced to the world of birds and birding at the age of 16 and has never looked back. Shortly after he began his studies at Ohio State University, where he earned a degree in Zoology, Adam was lucky enough to take a position at the university’s museum of biological diversity. While there, Adam met graduate students who introduced him to the exciting world of field ornithology. Adam went on to conduct avian research on marsh birds in Florida, Purple Martins in North Carolina, Eastern Bluebirds in Ohio, and spent a summer in Paraguay cataloguing the country’s bird diversity. After a few years of field research, Adam spent five years studying the White-throated Sparrow in Upstate New York and Indiana while a graduate student at Indiana State University.

After leaving ISU, Adam became the first conservation director for Atlanta Audubon. In this role, he manages multiple conservation programs, including bird banding projects and Project Safe Flight Atlanta, which focuses on the issue of bird-building collisions. Adam also teaches workshops, oversees multiple citizen science programs, leads birding tours domestically and internationally, and dedicates time to many other projects designed to make Atlanta a place where birds and people thrive.

In addition to his role as conservation director for Atlanta Audubon, Adam is the president/guide for Teal Birding Tours. Teal Birding offers intimate and personalized birding tours across the globe for bird and nature enthusiasts of all skill levels. He specifically aims to offer tours that excite and engage residents of the Southeastern United States.

Adam has been published multiple times in scientific journals and featured on various media outlets. He is an admitted sparrow lover and eBird fanatic and is very interested in full-life cycle conservation and breeding behavior. Adam has long had an interest in the birds of the Neotropics and currently serves on the board for Para La Tierra, a conservation and environmental education organization in Paraguay.