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Georgia seeks projects to allow better views of wildlife

An egret is seen flying on the 16th hole at Sea Island's Seaside Course. (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. – A Georgia state agency says it has money available to help fund projects that give people a closer view of the state's wildlife.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is taking applications for its Wildlife Viewing Grants Program through Jan. 15. The grants award up to $3,000 per project.

The agency awarded money to six projects last year. They included a viewing scope and platform at a nature center on Jekyll Island and a tower that provides shelter for federally protected migratory birds at Talking Rock Nature Preserve in Pickens County.

The Georgia DNR says the goal of the wildlife viewing program is to create a greater appreciation for animals native to Georgia beyond fishing and hunting.

A news release said grant winners will be announced by Feb. 21.