February 20, 2014
The Friends group has received a $3000 grant from the Wilson Conservation Trust in Sarasota, FL, to help replace the informational panels in the kiosk at the beginning of the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive on Savannah NWR. The current panels are worn and outdated. Thanks so much!
February 13, 2014
The latest Friends e-newsletter was distributed today. If you did nor receive a copy, contact us
and you'll get a copy. Please send us your comments and suggestions and ideas for articles you would like to see.
February 7, 2014
The 6th Annual General Membership Meeting of the Friends will be held on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 1-4:30 PM in the Savannah NWR Visitor Center. Our featured speaker will be Tony Mills
, Education Director of the Lowcountry Institute
and Host of the television series "Coastal Kingdom"
who will speak on "The Fascinating Reptiles and Amphibians of the Lowcountry". Tony promises to bring along some of his critter collection for all to see and appreciate.
We will also elect members to our Board of Directors, while we enjoy light refreshments and interesting door prizes.
The meeting is free and open to the public and reservations are not required, but only members in good standing may vote, run for office, or win door prizes. Hope to see you there and be sure to Join the Friends or renew now!
January 30, 2014
Announcing the Friends Third Annual Photo Contest!
Submissions of photos taken on a refuge by amateur shutterbugs will be accepted from February 15 through April 15, 2014. Winning entries will be announced and prizes awarded during Environmental Education Week (April 22-26.) You can read or download CONTEST RULES AND FORMS
, CONTEST FLYER
, and see a gallery of last year's winners on our Flick Site
So start snapping those pictures, and good luck to all!
December 27, 2013
The AmazonSmile Foundation has a program called AmazonSmiles that donates 0.05% of your online purchases from Amazon.com to the Friends if you go through the link below near the bottom of this page.
From now until New Year's Day, AmazonSmiles will donate $5 per individual who makes a purchase through the link. If you are planning an Amazon purchase in the next few days, please consider going through the link so that the Friends will receive the donation. It costs you nothing, the donation comes from the Foundation.
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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