Cumberland Island – Snowy Egrets are featured on the U.S. Mint Commemorative Quarter for Georgia. The island is a gem of an island, located on the coast of Georgia. It is home to many birds, however one has the elegance and beauty to capture a spot on a U.S. Mint Quarter.
Basking in the sunshine along the Georgia coast and grazing along the water’s edge, their long necks and graceful legs help them to be “spot on” with their aim, landing perfectly upon what they’ve been searching for. Grazing the salt marsh and plugging along with its bright yellow feet and shaggy plumes and white fluffy feathers, Snowy Egrets are a delight to see. On this episode I tell the story of the Snowy Egret along with Pauline Wentworth an interpreter with the Cumberland Island National Park – National Seashore.
Cumberland Island, Georgia’s largest barrier island is 18 miles long and 3 miles at its widest; and just miles from the Florida state line. It’s no wonder, the U.S. Mint would feature this magnificent bird on the quarter. The design shows he snowy egret walking along the salt marsh which can be found on Cumberland Island.
On this episode I tell the story of the snowy Egret.
To learn more about the U.S. Mint Quarter series visit their website – www.usmint.gov
To plan a trip to Cumberland Island visit the website – www.nps.gov/cuis
There are tours offered on the island and also a ferry ride is the mode of transportation to travel over to Cumberland. To find more information and book a ferry, visit the website – www.cumberlandislandferry.com
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Photos of Snowy Egrets on Cumberland
Photos – Pauline Wentworth
Cumberland Commemorative Quarter Reveal Ceremony
Cumberland Island Photos
When visiting the island to see Snowy Egrets, take in some of the other sites around the island. Here are a few photos of other attractions, after you check out the Egrets.
The photos below are from the Alberty House. You can view many more photos when visiting house during a tour of the island.
Information about Cumberland Island
A description of the 44th coin in the America the Beautiful Quarters program states:
- “Cumberland Island National Seashore was established in 1972. It maintains the primitive, undeveloped character of one of the largest and most ecologically diverse barrier islands on the Atlantic coast, while preserving scenic, scientific, and historical values and providing outstanding opportunities for outdoor recreation and solitude.
- “Cumberland Island contains a rich concentration of cultural resources that recount 4,000 years of human habitation and includes a remarkable diversity of ethnic and social backgrounds.
- “There are almost 18 miles of pristine beach open to the public for recreational activities such as swimming and walking. The island is also known to have one of the largest oak maritime forests remaining in the United States, which provides an unparalleled visitor experience.
- “Cumberland Island National Seashore protects the largest designated wilderness area on an east coast barrier island. The island’s physical location provides visitors opportunities to experience outdoor recreation in an uncrowded, undeveloped setting. Moreover, this isolation helps to preserve and protect the island’s fragile natural and cultural resources.”
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