is widely known for its rich and diverse wildlife resources. We Georgians
are in good company with - and outnumbered by - our amazing wildlife neighbors.
Georgia is home to the numerous breeding populations of 254 bird species,
114 mammals, 89 species of fish, 17 reptiles, 13 amphibians, 124 mollusk
species and 22 crustaceans. An additional 174 bird species that breed
further north visit our state during their spring and fall migration journeys.
Becoming acquainted with the full array of wildlife species requires patience
and the aid of binoculars, and promises a lifetime of entertainment and
Several rare species are making a comeback in Georgia, including the black-footed ferret and
gray wolf. Additional species currently listed as threatened or endangered under the federal
Endangered Species Act include the bull trout, pallid sturgeon, white sturgeon, Canada lynx,
grizzly bear, bald eagle, interior least tern, piping plover, and whooping crane. Wildlife species
not considered threatened or endangered, but subject to special protections and management
actions include the arctic grayling, swift fox, peregrine falcon, and black-tailed and
white-tailed prairie dogs.
A box turtle hides in some grass. It is probably hiding from a person who is trying to catch him and take him home for a pet. Wild turtles make poor pets.
Please leave turtles and all wildlife where you find them.
This is sometimes called the "milkweed butterfly" because its larvae dine exclusively on this plant. Eastern populations winter in Florida, along the
coast of Texas, and in Mexico, and return to the North in...
This medium-sized bear is usually black with a brown muzzle, lacks a shoulder hump, and often has a white patch on the chest. Although black is the predominant
color, chocolate and cinnamon brown...
White Tailed Deer
The white-tailed deer is named for its most distinctive feature, the large white tail or "flag" that is often all you see as the animal bounds away through tall grass.
The color of the deer's upper body and sides...
The bald eagle our national bird, is the only eagle unique to North America. The bald eagle's scientific name signifies a sea eagle with a white head.
At one time, the word "bald" meant "white," not...
The Barred Owl (Strix varia) can be recognized by a pattern of "bars," or stripes, running across its chest horizontally and down its belly vertically.
In contrast to many other owls with yellow eyes, this...
The Canada Goose is a common North American goose.
It makes a loud, honking sound. There are many subspecies of this goose, and they range widely in size;
the smallest of these (called "cackling geese...
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