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.
Refuge Week Activities - Updated
Oct. 9 to 11
Paddle Ebenezer Creek
Buffalo Burgers and TR in the Park
Refuge Week at Savannah NWR
Savannah River Refuge Cruise
An Evening with TR on Skidaway Island
Refuge Week at Savannah NWR, Oct. 10, activity schedule is now available >> Activity Schedule
The Savannah River Paddle scheduled for Friday, October 9th, has been relocated to Ebenezer Creek.
Be sure to watch for our full-page ad in the "pink" section of the Savannah Morning News on Sunday October 4th, and for our digital content on the website savannhnow.com starting on Monday the 5th.
Friends Newsletter - September 2015
Read about Refuge Week, Refuge News, Member Discount, KPDC progress & new shirt, and much more!
Savannah Morning News' Readers' Choice Contest
The Savannah NWR is a nominee in the 2015 Savannah Morning News' Readers' Choice contest for “Best place to take your kids” in the Food and Entertainment category (near the bottom of the list). To vote follow this link: http://savannahnow.com/readerschoice. It's easy to vote. Winners will be tallied and announced in coming weeks. Thanks for participating!
Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project Shirts
Now available at The Gator Hole and on line! Thanks to the staff at Bahama Joe's in Savannah for the beautiful eight-color Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project shirts. We hope to use the shirts to raise awareness of the project and to raise money to move the project along. Please consider buying shirts for you and your family. All net proceeds will go to the KPDC Project.
Click Here to go to our on-line store, or stop by The Gator Hole at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.
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 $18,380! This 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.
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April 16, 2015
7th Annual Membership Meeting
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.
Don't miss Ben Goggins' article featuring our annual meeting that appeared in today's Savannah Morning News . Way to go Ben!March 26, 2015 General Membership Meeting
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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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