Phinizy Swamp Nature Park
|Phinizy Swamp Nature Park|
Phinizy Swamp Floodplain
|Area||1,100 acres (450 ha)|
|Governing body||Southeastern Natural Sciences Academy|
City of Augusta
Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is a 1,100-acre (450 ha) nature park in Augusta, Georgia. The park contains wetlands and woodlands and has a campus for water research and environmental education, which includes a visitor center. It has many bald cypresses draped in Spanish moss and forests of loblolly and longleaf pine trees. Birds commonly found at Phinizy Swamp include: red-shouldered hawks, great blue herons, sora, wood ducks and bald eagles. Sometimes the park yields rarities for Georgia, including black-bellied whistling ducks, and a cave swallow, in 2004. Other wildlife commonly found in the park include frogs and toads; snakes, including water moccasin, pigmy rattlesnake, and copperhead; beavers and muskrat; turtles; and dragonflies. Fishing and hunting are not permitted within the park. Phinizy Swamp Nature Park is managed by Phinizy Center for Water Sciences.
Black-bellied whistling ducks breeding in the park
American alligator in cell 1 on the Constructed Wetland Trail
Copperhead on Beaver Dam Trail
Male yellow-rumped warbler by the Equalization Pond
Male Rambur's forktail perched by the Equalization Pond
Yellow-crowned night heron taking flight from Cell 10
Zebra swallowtail by Cell 2
- Whistling ducks appear to be nesting in Augusta Black-Bellied Whistling-Ducks nest in GA.