Savannah – It’s been a few months since I’ve been able to make a visit to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge so it getting to make a visit yesterday was a pleasure. My father and I took a ride through the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive around low tide, which was at 11:00 am. It was already getting quite warm but we didn’t see as many alligators out as we hoped. We did see quite a few Great Blue Herons and Green Herons along with a few Great Egrets, Little Blue Herons, and what was likely an American Bittern (but was a bit too far away to be sure).
The last time I visited the refuge a couple of months ago, they had lowered the water level in some of the impoundments inside the wildlife drive, but yesterday the water levels in those impoundments were definitely back up. Some of the outer impoundments are still dry and have grown up with tall vegetation making it hard to see very much. The diversion canal is still more a tidal creek than a canal after hurricane damage to its controls, but I’ve heard a rumor that funding has been approved for repairs (but nothing official at this point, so it’s still just a rumor).