Kingfisher Pond Discovery Center Project Fundraising Progress


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.  We are also an affiliate of the National Wildlife Refuge Association, a national group that advocates for the entire Refuge System.

What's New

March 18, 2018

The administration's proposed federal budget for Fiscal Year 2018 would be, if enacted, a disaster for the National Wildlife Refuge System.  Only in general outline form so far, it appears that the refuge system may be hit with as much as a 20% cut in the already inadequate funding levels from last year.   

Read more about this important issue HERE, then please consider taking action to support your refuge system.  The National Wildlife Refuge Association has published a Press Release about the budget.  Please read it as well.

February 1, 2017

Hope all of you have had a chance to enjoy our refuges during this amazing mild winter weather!  It’s a great time to explore the outdoors.

The Pinckney Island Accessibility Project is off to a great start with all our scheduled tours filling up quickly.  We are limited to two tours per week and our priority target are those visitors who are mobility impaired and unable to enjoy the refuge on foot.  Click HERE to view the available tours.  A big Friends Group thanks to the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry whose generous donation enabled us to purchase the shuttle, bikes, and other equipment.  Thanks also to John Petraglia, Twila Gray, Kris Williams, Bob Speare, Jack Greenshields, Judy Eastman, and all the other volunteers whose hard work has made this program a success.

If you are interested in volunteering at Pinckney, please click HERE for more information.

The Kingfisher Discovery Center Project is in a regrouping and reevaluation phase, more information will follow.  We have raised more than $95,000 so far but still have a long way to go.

The Friends annual meeting will be held this year on Wednesday, April 5th in the Palmetto Electric Coop Community Room on Hwy 278 in Hardeeville (same place as last year).  Keep the date open, more details soon.

December 1, 2016

Scavenger Hunt a “DASH”ing success!

Our first ever Coastal Celebrity Daring Adventure Scavenger Hunt was held on a beautiful November Saturday at the Savannah NWR.  After 12 weeks of fund raising to support the Kingfisher Discovery Center, five teams of DASH’ers met at the Visitor Center to receive their instructions.  The teams were excited and ready to compete, and clues in hand they scattered across the Refuge to find and photograph the scavenger hunt targets, while hoping to be the first to return to the Visitor Center having completed the most items in the allotted time.

The winning team was the Public School Problem Solvers, made up of Julie Wade, Peter Ulrich, Alfred McGuire, Heather Handy, and Kurt Hetager.  They took home the coveted Golden Monocle Award for finishing first. 

The South University team of Dr. Todd Cellini, Craig Tootle, Dorethea Walker, and Tim Blackston took home the trophy for raising the most money during th

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Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges


Nature Tours

Pinckney Island NWR

Pinckney Island NWR Nature programs are brought to you FREE by the Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges and the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge thanks to a generous grant from the Community Foundation of the Lowcountry.  Our shuttle tours allow accessibility challenged people to easily get on/off (two low steps) and the tours do not require walking.  

   See Event Schedule - Reservations

   See Volunteers Needed 

   See Dec 1 Island Packet Article 

   See Inaugural Day Photos

   See Friends Forward Article

Support the Friends

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

Coming Events

Tuesday, March 28, 2017 12:00 PM • Pinckney Island NWR
Tuesday, April 04, 2017 12:00 PM • Pinckney Island NWR
Wednesday, April 05, 2017 6:00 PM • Palmetto Electric Coop Community Room on Hwy 278 in Hardeeville, SC
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 10:30 AM • Pinckney Island NWR
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 10:30 AM • Pinckney Island NWR
Tuesday, April 25, 2017 10:30 AM • Pinckney Island NWR

Recent Posts

Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:17 AM • Rick Shields
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

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