May 20, 2017, Pitcherplants and Dewthreads, Dixie Bog, Brooks County

Posted under: South Georgia .

Meet:  10:00 AM, Liberty Gas Station, north side of Barwick along GA Hwy. 33.  We will caravan to Dixie Bog. 

Spreading Pogonia, Cleistesiopsis divaricata

Description:  This is an opportunity to visit one of Georgia’s largest displays of pitcherplants and by far the greatest show of dewthreads (Drosera tracyi).  In mid-May, several orchids will be blooming, especially spreading pogonia, ladies-tresses and grass pinks in profusion.  This 2,000-acre private tract is expertly managed, continuing the use of prescribed fire to promote habitat for quail.  Historically, it was known as the Easter Plantation.  Many other plants of uplands and bogs will be seen.  Birding is also fantastic around a large cypress pond, where bald eagles nest and water birds abound.

Location:  Dixie Bog is located on Plantation (Drew) Road, ca. 5 mi. southeast of Barwick.  Sometimes the road signs are missing, so a caravan from the meeting site is necessary.  Also, in case of recent rains, an alternative route will be taken. 

Walking:  Short, easy walks from vehicles with limited off trail excursions.

Facilities:   We will have access to a fully furnished cottage as a starting place and lunch site.  We will tour the bogs by wagon, truck and jeep.  Plenty of places to park personal vehicles on site.

Tracy’s Dew-Threads, Drosera tracyi

Bring:  Rubber boots, old sneakers or hiking boots recommended due to some brushy habitats and moist bogs.  Also binoculars, tick and insect repellent, lunch and snacks.

Leader:  Tom Patrick (706) 476-4541, tom.patrick@dnr.ga.gov.   Note:  Registration is necessary.  Trip limited to 25 persons.  Call or email trip leader to confirm reservation.  We can plan additional trips if necessary.