Savannah – This morning before the rain rolled in, I drove over to the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge’s Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive since it was open this weekend (it’s been closed and will be closed because they’re working on repairing the hurricane damage to the diversion canal). I didn’t see a lot, but I did see a immature Purple Gallinule and a Green Heron that I wasn’t able to get photos of, some Snowy Egrets and White Ibis that were out of camera range, a chorus of male Grackles, and one Alligator. A lot of areas that are normally visible are obscured by tall swamp grass, so there very well could have been more Alligators, I just couldn’t see them. The trip also put me within listening range of a Georgia State Defense Force exercise at the Savannah Air Dominance Center; I’ll have more about it in a future post.
In September 2017, the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge’s diversion canal was damaged by Hurricane Irma and they’ve had problems controlling the refuge’s water levels and salinity since. They’ve been waiting for funding and now that it’s been funded, the work has begun. When I drove through today, there was a piece of equipment in place at the end of the canal and you could tell that work has begun.
The refuge has been closed during the week and has been open a few weekends; if you plan on going, you’ll want to check their website to see if it’s open or closed before you go.