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  • Tuesday, June 12, 2018 7:16 PM | John Petraglia (Administrator)

    Nancy Fernandez, Refuge Outreach Coordinator, is the subject of an La Isla article about Pinckney Island. La Isla Magazine is an award winning bilingual glossy publication serving the Latino communities of South Carolina and Georgia. See https://issuu.com/laisla/docs/la_isla_april_2018 - page 16.  

  • Sunday, January 28, 2018 6:56 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Hard to believe but the Friends will hold our 10th Annual Meeting at 6 PM on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 at the palmetto Electric Coop in Hardeeville, SC.!   We are pleased to welcome back Tony Mills from the Lowcountry Institute with his presentation "Living in our Coastal Kingdom: Lessons Learned from Lowcountry Animals".  Tony is a well-known and well-respected naturalist and star of the long-running TV series Coastal Kingdom. His presentation will feature a collection of his animal friends with an opportunity for the audience to get up close and personal with these amazing creatures.

          Shaw Davis, Deputy Project Leader for the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex, will present a “State of the Refuges” update. Rick Shields, Friends president, will report on activities of the Friends group over the past year, and give an update on theKingfisher Discovery Center Project.  We will also hold an election to fill four open seats on the Friends Board of Directors.

         This meeting is free and open to the public, with light refreshments and live music.  Only Friends members are eligible to vote (you can join up or renew at the door). We are holding both an on-line auction prior to the meeting (bidding opens March 22) and a silent auction at the meeting.  We will offer some exciting and unique nature-oriented items that you will not find elsewhere. 

         For questions, email webmaster@coastalrefuges.org or call 912-604-1872. Directions to Palmetto Electric Coop.


  • Wednesday, October 18, 2017 10:15 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Don't miss Reptiles Alive! on Saturday!  Lots of live animals, presentations, and some nice raffle prizes.

  • Thursday, October 12, 2017 11:39 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Good News everyone!  The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive, which has been closed since Hurricane Irma blew through, has reopened to the public effective today following extensive repairs..  There are some restrictions, so please read the FWS Press Release prior to visiting.

  • Wednesday, October 04, 2017 8:21 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    All our refuges, with the exception of Savannah NWR,  have now been opened to the public after evaluation and repairs from hurricane damage.

    Repairs on the Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive are progressing.  We should know next week about a possible reopening date.

  • Saturday, September 09, 2017 12:05 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    All of our refuges are closed until further notice because of the approach of Hurricane Irma.  This includes the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.  The Second Saturday talks originally scheduled for September 9th have been cancelled.

  • Thursday, August 31, 2017 12:43 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Be sure to mark your calendar and plan to attend Reptiles Alive! on October 21, 2017.  This event celebrates the gators, snakes, lizards, and turtles of the Southeast with exhibits, lectures, and tours.  

    More details HERE.

  • Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:31 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

     We have not been very timely in updating the web site recently, but that is about to change.  We plan to update the site weekly, and begin sending our e-newsletter out quarterly.  Watch for the latest version in your inbox in the next few days.


  • Sunday, June 18, 2017 10:27 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    At the Friends Board of Directors Meeting on June 15, 2017, Dr. Wasil Khan was appointed to fill the unexpired term of the late Connie Terrell.  Dr. Khan is no newcomer to the Board.  He was elected to a Board position at our very first membership meeting in 2009.  We welcome him back and look forward to working with him again.

  • Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:27 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Despite the thunderstorms and tornado watches, the Friends met for the Ninth Annual Meeting on April 5th at the Palmetto Electric Coop in Hardeeville.  The food, live music, and presentations were topped off by our guest speaker, noted local naturalist Rudy Mancke, who fascinated the audience with a narrative of his experiences along coastal Georgia and South Carolina, then displayed some of the specimens collected over his lifetime.




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