Green Swamp Preserve and Lake Waccamaw State Park Professional Review and Guide
"The Green Swamp Preserve is of national significance in botanical circles. It lies within the highly restricted native range of the Venus flytrap and hosts the highest diversity of carnivorous plant genera in the world. Within the greater Green Swamp ecosystem is Lake Waccamaw. It is the largest of the Carolina Bays, a cluster of round and shallow oblong lakes in the coastal plain of North and South Carolina with mysterious origins.
The lake is unusual also because a nearby limestone outcrop gives it near-neutral water, which is in contrast to the acidic conditions of other Carolina Bays. As a result, the lake has endemic species of snails, mussels, and fish. Habitats: Longleaf pine savanna, pocosin, bay forest, Carolina Bays. Key birds: Summer: Bald Eagle; Swainson’s and Prothonotary Warbler; Bachman’s and Henslow’s Sparrow. Year-round: Red-cockaded Woodpecker; Brown-headed Nuthatch. Migration: Mississippi and Swallow-tailed Kite."