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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, managed by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service,  are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System, which consists of 567 Refuges and 38 wetland management areas across the US, the Caribbean, and the Pacific, totaling 95 million acres of land and 740 million acres of submerged lands and waters.  It is the largest system of protected lands and waters in the world.

We formed in 2007 and granted tax-exempt 501(c)(3) status by the US Internal Revenue Service in 2008.

Kingfisher Discovery Center is under construction!

Many of us share the concern that our children are growing up estranged from the natural world. Children who grow up without love for the natural world are unlikely to be motivated to protect and defend our wilderness heritage as adults. Educating our youth and instilling in them a love for nature is part of our vision. This facility will provide a facility to allow many more children and adults to participate in educational activities.

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Pinckney Visitor Accessibility Project

The Friends group, with generous financial support from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry, operates a Visitor Accessibility service on Pinckney Island NWR.  Utilizing a 15-
seat electric shuttle, bicycles, binoculars, informational brochures, and improved signage we are improving the visitor experience on this beautiful refuge for the m,any thousands who visit each year.

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Become a Member

The Friends Group is an all-volunteer, not-for-profit organization.  All of our funding comes from memberships, donations, grants, and sales at our nature store, The Gator Hole, located in the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.

Please consider joining us today, or making a donation.  Your donation and membership may be tax-deductible under IRS regulations

Enjoy some images captured on our refuges.  Some of the photos were entries in our past photo contests.


The Friends is an all-volunteer organization.  Please consider giving of your time, you won't regret it.
"Work to make a living...volunteer to make a difference."

Pinckney Island Project

Docents, drivers, visitor assistants, and tour coordinators are needed for this very rewarding project.

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Kingfisher Discovery Center

WE still need help with continued fund-raising, planning, and program development.

About the Project

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The Gator Hole

Looking for an assistant store manager and volunteers to staff the store and the information desk at Savannah NWR Visitor Center.

The Gator Hole

Board of Directors and Committees

We need to get more members involved in governance and leadership development.  Please contact us if  you have the time and desire to serve.

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Not a member yet?

Won't you join us?  Now more than ever, with a declining  Refuge System budget and reduction in personnel, all of us need to show our support for the irreplaceable national treasure that is our refuge system.  Our refuges make up the world's largest system of protected wildlife habitat, and we must guarantee that it survives and thrives as a legacy for our children and their children.  Won't you help by joining us now?

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We are working on expanding our presence on social media platforms.  If you have an interest or a talent for facebook, Twitter, or other platforms, and are willing to help, please contact us.

Savannah National Wildlife Refuge

Savannah NWR is the largest of the seven Refuges that make up the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex.   The refuge was established in 1927 as a migratory bird sanctuary, and has expanded over the year to its current 31,551 acres.

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  • Friday, September 01, 2017 10:31 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Be sure to mark your calendar so you don't miss the Snakes Alive! event on October 21st.


  • Friday, September 01, 2017 10:26 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Remember, September 8th is the deadline to submit your entries top the 2017 Photo Contest.  The Awards Ceremony will be at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center on October 14th.


  • Saturday, July 15, 2017 4:44 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Very informative article from the Orianne Society about water snakes, and how to tell a moccasin from a harmless water snake.

  • Friday, July 14, 2017 9:58 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    FWS has posted a multimedia site called "Conserving Paradise: the Altamaha River".  Very informative piece about one of the most important rivers in the coastal southeast.

  • Friday, July 14, 2017 9:57 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    If any one is having problems navigating the site or trouble logging in, please contact me at webmaster@coastalrefuges.org.

  • Tuesday, July 11, 2017 5:46 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Welcome to the first major redesign of the Friends web site.  I'm learning a lot with this project, but I still have work to do: please bear with me.  I'm sure there will be errors found (broken links, grammar errors, etc.), so please let me know when you spot one and I will try to correct it promptly.

    Rick Shields

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