It Has the Most Salt Marsh on the East Coast
There’s something very serene about a salt marsh, where calm fresh and salt water comingle and snake through grasses and tidal creeks. South Carolina and Georgia have more of these coastal wetlands than any other region, and these rich intertidal habitats support oysters, fiddler crabs, terrapins, and occasionally even alligators and bottlenose dolphins. Salt marshes are best known for birds, though. Marsh wren and clapper rails nest here, but it’s the wading birds you are most likely to see, like wood storks and great blue herons, as well as shorebirds and seabirds like American oystercatchers, and brown pelicans, and songbirds like saltmarsh sparrow. Salt marshes also reduce erosion and efficiently absorb carbon, cementing their place in the pantheon of critical ecosystems.