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  • Monday, December 23, 2013 10:34 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
      Just a reminder that the Savannah NWR Visitor Center and the Harris Neck NWR Contact Station will be closed on December 25th, 2013 and January 1st, 2014.  The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive will remain open every day from dawn to dusk, as will the drive through Harris Neck NWR.  Pinckney Island NWR is also open every day.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:01 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
        The New York times published an article on November 22 titled "The Year the Monarch Didn't Appear".  The author describes the recent dramatic decline in the annual monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migration.

       The article also touches on the decline in honey bee populations and opines on the causes of declines in multiple insect populations.

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:29 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
        The Friends website has registered with AmazonSmile, a program that allows folks purchasing items on Amazon.com to direct a small percentage of their qualifying purchases to the nonprofit of their choice.
        How does it work?  Simply go to our homepage, scroll down to the AmazonSmile icon and click "Get Started",  This takes you to Amazon.com.  You sign in with your current log in information, from then on shop as normal.  You will see the Friends group name at the top of your browser page.  There is no extra cost to you.
        AmazonSmile will donate 0.05% of your purchase to the Friends.  That's only 50 cents on a $100 purchase, but it does add up.  Give it a try!
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:00 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
        The Friends group is made up of all kinds of people...teachers, business executives, professionals, parents, retirees, students...you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to preserving and supporting the National Wildlife Refuges in our midst.  With the Refuge system facing severe budget cutbacks, volunteers have never been more important!!

    Volunteerism is the very heart of the Friends group, and can take many forms. Some volunteer their financial support, but don't have the time or inclination to participate in a volunteer activity. Some will donate time and effort on a project instead of or in addition to giving money. A smaller number commit large amounts of time to a single project, or a variety of projects, and take ownership in the success of the Friends and our mission.

    In order to encourage more volunteerism, the Board of Directors of Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges has developed a list of projects that could be taken on by one or a group of volunteers.  Some projects are big, some are small, some require coming out to a refuge, some can be done at home.  They all would contribute to the enhancement of our refuges.

    Take a look at the list.  If would like to volunteer, or just want more information, contact us.

    Remember our motto:  "Work to make a living...Volunteer to make a difference."
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:39 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Amazon.com has its own charitable foundation that distributes money to other 501(c)3 groups.  Called AmazonSmile, it allows customers to designate a non-profit organization to receive 0.05% of every qualified purchase the customer makes when they sign on to Amazon from a link on the organization's web site.

    The Friends are now signed up, so when you do your holiday shopping with Amazon on-line, come to the Friends web site and click on the AmazonSmile link on our home page..
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:19 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
          The winners of the Friends 2013 Photo Contest are now available for your viewing pleasure on our Flickr Photo-Sharing Site.  Congratulations to all our entrants!

         The winning prints are also on display at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:10 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

         The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce the installation of an AM transmitter audio tour on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive on Savannah NWR.

         If you’ve ever wished for a ranger-lead tour of the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, come on out and tune your radio to AM 1610 for an interpretive audio tour. There are five marked stops along the 4-mile drive where visitors can pause and receive recorded messages about the wildlife, habitat, management, and history of the Savannah NWR.  The project was designed and installed by refuge volunteers.

  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:07 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Our latest e-newslatter was sent out on Sunday the 10th.  If you have not received it, please let us know at webmaster@coastalrefuges.org and we'll get a copy to you.
  • Monday, October 28, 2013 8:19 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
          Our own Dot Bambach has been awarded the US F&WS Southeast Region 2011-2012 Regional Director's Award for Volunteer Service!  This award is presented to partners who have made extraordinary contributions to the conservation of natural resources in the Southeast Region. The award will be presented in Atlanta on October 30th, with Dot and Complex staff in attendance.

         Dot was nominated for this award by Jane Griess, Project Leader for the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex in recognition of Dot's long-term commitment to conservation in our region, including representing the Friends at a US Congressional Subcommittee hearing in 2011 concerning the Harris Neck NWR land issue, and a tireless dedication to the Wood Stork project at Harris Neck.
         Dot is an avid birder, very active in Ogeechee Audubon activities, and has been with the Friends from the beginning as a member of our organizing committee and member of our Board of Directors.  She currently serves as our Treasurer.

         To see photos from the award ceremony of Dot and other recipients, click HERE.

         Congratulations Dot on a well-deserved award!!
  • Monday, October 28, 2013 8:01 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
          The US FWS has announced the closing of the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and all trails north of SC-170 on the Savannah NWR all-day November 5th and 6th, 2013.  The Drive and all trails will reopen at dawn on Thursday, November 7th.

         The closing is to allow the annual mobility-impaired hunt for deer and feral hogs on the refuge.

         This hunt for wheelchair-bound hunters is assisted by volunteers and donations from the Savannah Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, Georgia Power, and Yancey Caterpillar.

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