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

Call for BoD and Committee Members

The Friends need your assistance:

  • Fill three (3) Board of Director (BoD) seats 
  • Volunteers for Friends committees

Support the Building of the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center 

During your end-of-year giving and tax planning, please donate to the Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project.

Consider purchasing KPDC shirts on our New Online Store.  

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Your purchase will raise awareness of the project and increase donations to move the project forward. All net proceeds will go to the KPDC Project.  You may also purchase the shirts at The Gator Hole in the Visitor Center at the Savannah Refuge.  

Major Boost to LWCF Funding Announced in Interior Spending Bill

Dec. 16, 2015 - House and Senate lawmakers reauthorized the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) for three years and set FY16 spending at $450 million in the FY16 Interior spending bill that was announced this morning, a major boost in LWCF funding.  >> Article

April 30, 2015

Friends Newsletter - September 2015

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Read about Refuge Week, Refuge News, Member Discount, KPDC progress & new shirt, and much more!

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 $18,380!  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.

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.
April 10, 2015     Ben Goggins' article

Don't miss Ben Goggins' article featuring our annual meeting that appeared in today's Savannah Morning News .  Way to go Ben! 

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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.

Coming Events

Tuesday, March 01, 2016 10:00 AM (EST) • Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
Thursday, March 31, 2016 6:00 PM (EDT) • Palmetto Electric Coop Community Room on Hwy 278 in Hardeeville, SC
Tuesday, April 05, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
Tuesday, May 03, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
Tuesday, June 07, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex
Tuesday, July 05, 2016 10:00 AM (EDT) • Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex

Recent Posts

Sunday, January 24, 2016 12:38 PM • John Petraglia
Thursday, December 03, 2015 8:47 PM • Rick Shields
Thursday, October 01, 2015 8:33 PM • Rick Shields
Monday, March 30, 2015 9:58 AM • Rick Shields
Monday, November 10, 2014 8:08 PM • Rick Shields
Sunday, November 02, 2014 10:21 PM • Rick Shields
  

Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges, Inc.
PO Box 16841, Savannah, GA, 31416
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