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Hawkinsville, Georgia

120 Acres | August 31, 2000
Opal Davis, donor
Owned in Title

In the summer of 2000, the Davis Wildlife Sanctuary was established when Opal Davis donated her property to the Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust. These 120 acres and the animals who live there are now permanently protected from development and destructive logging practices. Furthermore, as with all properties owned by HSWLT, all recreational and commercial hunting and trapping will always be prohibited there.

The Davis Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Hawkinsville, Georgia, about an hour south of Macon. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has concerns about a number of wildlife species including bats. Some bat species can adapt to human development, but a few species struggle with specific habitat needs, such as caves with suitable temperature and humidity, or large, hollow bottomland trees. Populations of these species are more vulnerable to habitat alterations and are of conservation concern.

Other wildlife known to live in the area include white-tailed deer, wood ducks, black bears, alligators, wild turkey, bald eagles and waterfowl. Extensive bottomland hardwoods provide critical habitat for neotropical songbirds of concern, such as Swainson's warbler, wood thrush, and prothonotary warbler and yellow-billed cuckoo.

The Humane Society Wildlife Land Trust holds the title to this sanctuary.  That means HSWLT is responsible for all property taxes and maintenance costs for the property -- every year, forever.  In addition periodic inspections are made to ensure that the wildlife habitat remains in good condition.  These inspections, and the handling of any damage or destruction, cost heavily in professional staff time and travel expenses.

HSWLT has promised to keep this property as a sanctuary forever -- and that promise will be kept.  If you can help with the cost of stewardship for this and the other properties HSWLT protects, please donate here.

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