12. Stacia Hendricks, Little St. Simons Island

Stacia Hendricks
Photograph by Patrick Heagney

The naturalist manager for pristine Little St. Simons Island views every tiny fern, critter, and artifact as a miracle—responding with wide eyes and drawing out the word amazing for even the most common flora and fauna. She is an encyclopedia of the natural history, ecology, and biology of the Georgia coast, having previously worked as the naturalist on Sea Island for 11 years and at Greyfield Inn on Cumberland Island for 14 years before that. But more compelling than her expertise is her interpretation, which makes nature seem magical no matter how citified you are.

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This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.