November 22, 2013
The Friends group distributed a special email
listing of 25 projects that we hope to recruit volunteers to take on. The FWS is facing a debilitating budget crunch, and volunteers from the public are needed now more than ever to help maintain our refuges. Please review the list and contact the Friends if you find one that fits with your talents and interests. The list is HERE
, and how to contact us is HERE
November 14, 2013:
The Gator Hole will hold its annual holiday sale on Saturday, December 7, 2013, from 9 AM to 4 PM.
All merchandise will be 20% off our usual retail price. Rain checks, gift certificates, and gift memberships will also be offered. What better way to shop for Friends and family!
November 12, 2013:
The Savannah Refuges Complex staff announced the implementation of a new audio tour on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive at Savannah NWR. There are five marked stops along the drive at which you can pause to hear short informational messages about the refuge on your radio at AM 1610. The system was designed and installed by volunteers.
The Drive is open dawn to dusk every day. Be sure to read Mary Landers' article in the Savannah Morning News, For a more detailed report on the system, check out Arnie Weisbrot's article.
November 10, 2013:
The latest issue of the Friends e-newsletter is now available, featuring stories about Refuge Week, the 2013 Photo Contest, and more.
The newsletter can be viewed online HERE.
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November 8, 2013:
The US Fish and Wildlife Service has released its Banking on Nature report, a 365-page document which lays out the economic benefits that communities adjacent to refuges enjoy.
During the partial federal government shutdown in October, refuges were closed because they were "non-essential". We all knew that refuges are essential in many ways. This report shows just how essential refuges are to the economy of neighboring communities.
October 30, 2013:
Our very own Dot Bambach was awarded the 2011-2012 Award for Volunteer Service by FWS Region 4 Director Cindy Dohner. Dot has been a volunteer for the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex for 11 years and has put in more than 3,300 volunteer hours (and counting). Dot is currently our Treasurer, and has served on our Board of Directors from its founding. Click HERE to see more about the awards ceremony.
Congratulations Dot on an award well-deserved!
October 13, 2013:
Winners of the Friends 2013 Photo Contest were announced today. Sarah Lemmons won Best in Show with her entry "Hard Work" (shown at left). To view all the winning entries on our Flickr site, click HERE, or check out the Slide Show int he column to the right. To see a list of winners and prizes, click HERE.
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