This is a lower watershed paddle between Landings 2-26 on the Canoochee River through Fort Stewart, home of the 3rdID. This intermediate level paddle is not advisable for novice paddlers or those with physical conditions which may limit their ability to negotiate potential hazards such as fallen trees, swift water, portages, etc. This is an approximately 4-hour paddle with a lunch break around the halfway mark.
This paddle is free to ORK members but attendees should bring their own lunch and water. Pre-registration is required. Paddlers who arrive without pre-registering will not be able to join the event.
Participants *must* provide their own gear and vessels. Vehicles will be shuttled to the take-out spot at Landing 26.
This paddle will be led by the Fish and Wildlife Branch on Fort Stewart.
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The brightly colored bird is a member of the cardinal family and lives in the southeast and south-central United States, including coastal Georgia. Females and immature males are a parrot green color. At about two years old, the male’s feathers turn multiple tones of red, indigo, yellow, and more.
They breed in maritime hammocks, scrubland, briar patches, woodland edges and swampy thickets. The females typically lay 3-4 eggs, twice a year. The fledglings take just a couple of weeks to leave the nest after hatching. The population is estimated at about 4.5 million, but that number is decreasing.
The painted bunting was originally described by Carl Linnaeus in his eighteenth-century work Systema Naturae. The Swedish naturalist did a taxonomy of plants in 1753 and followed up with animals in 1758 and 1759.
Painted buntings are territorial and can be seen throughout the Ogeechee River watershed and nearby areas like Harris Neck Wildlife Refuge.