|pelagic trips. . .|
Although the Georgia Ornithological Society does not sponsor pelagic trips off of the Georgia coast, some of its members organize and participate on excursions specifically chartered for exploring off-shore birdlife. Georgia's position on the Atlantic coast of the United States makes it a challenge to reach the nutrient-rich waters of the Gulf Stream. A fast ship is an absolute requirement to reach the deep water prizes of the outer continental shelf and the Gulf Stream on a one day charter and a large, stable ship is desirable for observer comfort.
Still, many birders and a few deep-sea fishing charter companies are up to the task. In the past several years, pelagic trips have been launched out of Savannah with the Gulf Stream as the destination. Some are rather dull, some are physically challenging, but all hold a level of anticipation that can not be matched by birding on land for many people.
The GOS has compiled and provided these reports to give pelagic birding enthusiasts an opportunity to examine the species that have been observed off of the coast of Georgia. In many cases, GPS coordinates of each sighting are provided, helpful with aligning species occurrence with Naval towers, weather buoys, marine sanctuaries, average depths and underwater features. Maps to show the general locations of each sighting are also provided as are photographs of some of the birds observed on each trip.
For more information concerning Georgia pelagic
trips, please visit Russ Wigh's
Georgia Pelagic Trips web site.
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