Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges (FSCWR)
is an organization of volunteers from coastal Georgia and South Carolina dedicated to preserving and protecting the seven National Wildlife Refuges in our area and the Refuge System as a whole. These refuges are managed by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service and are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which currently consists of more than 560 Refuges totaling about 150 million acres of land and water across the US, the Caribbean, and the Pacific.

     Founded in 2007 and granted tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status in 2008, we are one of more than 230 Friends groups affiliated with National Wildlife Refuges.  Were are also an affiliate of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a national group that advocates for the Refuge System.

What's New   

April 30, 2015
     WE'VE REACHED OUR PHASE 1 GOAL FOR THE KINGFISHER POND DISCOVERY CENTER PROJECT!!

     Our most generous Phase I Lead Supporter, the IKEA Distribution Center 490 in Port Wentworth just presented the Friends with a check for $5880 to bring their total contribution to $18,380This amount, brought us to our Phase 1 goal of $50,000.  That triggered us to begin the permitting process necessary before we can actually break ground for the project.  A big Friends group thanks to Dean Peterson and his team at IKEA for their generous and unflagging support of the project.

April 16, 2015

     Thanks to all who made our 7th Annual Membership Meeting such a success!  Diana Churchill gave a interesting and educational talk about the birds of our local refuges, and Monica Harris filled us in on the happenings on our local refuges over the past year.
     Our first online/silent auction was a success as well, raising almost $3000 for the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project.
     Congratulations to Connie Terrell, Dot Bambach, Rick Shields, and George Cathcart for being re-elected to our Board of Directors, and welcome to our new Board member, John Petraglia.  John will also be taking over as our webmaster and Membership Director.
April 10, 2015

     Don't miss Ben Goggins' article featuring our annual meeting that appeared in today's Savannah Morning News.  Way to go Ben! 
     Be sure to get your bids in for our on-line auction, and plan to attend the meeting tomorrow to here Diana Churchill's presentation.


March 26, 2015

     The Friends annual General Membership Meeting is scheduled for Saturday, April 11th, from 10AM until 12:30PM at the Crosswinds Golf Club near the Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport.
     This year, in conjunction with the meeting, we are holding our very first online/silent auction to raise money for the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project.  We have some unique and interesting items donated for the auction, and all Friends members and supporters are urged to review the items, then bid early and often.  Online bidding opens at 8 AM on Friday, March 27th and closes at midnight on April 10th. Bids will then be accepted on site and by phone during the meeting.  The auction closes at noon on the 11th, and the winners will be notified that day.
     Help us make the meeting a success by attending and bidding!

March 16, 2015

     Spring is here!  What a great time to visit a National Wildlife Refuge!  Be sure to come to Savannah NWR on Saturday, March 21, for Natural Resources Discovery Day.  There will plenty of interesting activities for young and old.  Check out the FLYER and the FWS Press RELEASE for more details.
January 4, 2015

     Here's wishing a happy and prosperous New Year to all our members and readers!  Thanks to all who have already contributed to the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center project.  If you haven't contributed yet, please consider doing so here, we still have a long way to go to reach our goal.

     Jane Griess, the Project manager (read CEO) of the Savannah Refuges Complex retired from US F&WS at the end of 2014 after 8 1/2 years leading the complex staff.  Shaw Davis will serve as Acting Project Manager while a search is undertaken for Jane's successor.

     Jane was a great supporter of the Friends and of volunteerism and will be sorely missed.  She is a Life Member of the Friends and we all hope she stays in touch.  If you would like to send jane an e-mail, send it to webmaster@coastalrefuges.org and we will forward it onto her.

     Jane, thanks for your aid and support over the years and Happy Retirement!!


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     FSCWR receives no government funding.  Our activities are made possible by membership dues, contributions from folks like you, from sales at our book and nature store, The Gator Hole (at Savannah NWR), and from grants. 
      Please consider becoming a member or making a donation to enable us to continue our efforts in support of our refuges.  If your are a grant administrator or know of an organization that might be interested in awarding grants to the Friends, please contact Rick Shields at webmaster@coastalrefuges.org.

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