Wildlife Viewing Guide
Description: Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center (CEWC) is located in the Georgia Piedmont and encompasses 6,500 acres. A wide variety of habitat types includes a rock outcrop, old fields, mixed pine/hardwoods, pine stands, and bottomland hardwoods. Approximately half the area is in old field and pasture; however, the pasture is being converted to hardwoods. A large portion of the area is also in pine and hardwoods. The site contains 29 ponds totaling over 300 acres of water. Beaver swamps are found throughout the area on various streams.
Viewing Information: Due to the various habitat types found on CEWC, a wide variety of wildlife, especially birds, can be observed. Red-tailed hawks are seen year-round; marsh hawks may be seen hunting the fields beginning in October and throughout the winter months. Several active barn owl nests are present at the site. Ducks can be observed on any of the 29 ponds throughout the year but especially during the winter months; several species of herons may also be seen along the shores of the ponds. Warblers, sparrows, and woodpeckers are seen throughout the year. Mammals include white-tailed deer, raccoons, skunks, bobcats, fox squirrels, chipmunks and other common small mammals. Beavers and river otters may also be seen in and around the ponds.
Directions: From Mansfield, travel apx. 3 miles south on GA Hwy. 11 and turn left at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center sign. The office is 1 mile on the right. Maps may be obtained at the public information boards or at the office.
Management: Georgia DNR, Wildlife Resources Division, 770-784-3059
Closest Town: Mansfield, GA
Site Notes: observation platforms, interpretive programs
Additional Information: Insect and tick repellent are highly recommended. Seed ticks are very common during the summer months.
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