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  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:56 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    The Friends Annual General Membership Meeting will be held on Saturday, May 4th at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center starting at noon.  After a brief business portion, guests will hear a refuge update regarding hurricane repair efforts.  Then we will lead a walking tour of the Discovery Center (still under construction), then return to the VC for a presentation by Refuge Biologist Wayne Harris on using native plants to attract wildlife to you yard or other property.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:42 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    The Friends will be co-sponsoring (along with US Fish & Wildlife Service and Georgia DNR) Kids' Fishing Day on June 8th at Harris Neck NWR from 10AM-2:30PM.  

    Kids from 5-12 may participate and will receive a fishing rod and reel, bait, tackle, and lunch, as well as instruction in casting, fishing ethics, and water safety.

    The event is free and open to the public but registration is required since space is limited.  Call 843-784-2468 to register or for more info or check out the Harris Neck NWR website.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:36 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Due to delays in construction, the Grand Opening of the Discovery Center has been postponed.  No date has yet been set.  Those of you who attend the Friends Annual Meeting on may 4th will get a guided tour of the site.

  • Thursday, April 25, 2019 2:21 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Pinckney Island NWR will be closed to the public from Monday April 29th through Friday May 3rd to allow for repairs to the entrance road.

  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:47 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    I am pleased to announce that the long-anticipated Kingfisher Discovery Center at Savannah NWR is under construction!  After years of fund-raising and changes in plans, we have finally begun construction, with an anticipated completion date at the end of April 2019.

    Watch this site for further details on the Grand Opening now set for may 4th.

  • 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.

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