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  • Wednesday, March 20, 2019 12:51 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Mark May 4th 2019 on your calendars  and plan to attend our annual membership meeting!  This year we will meet at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center at noon for the business portion of the meeting.  This will include election of members to fill open seats on our Board of Directors, a talk from Project Leader Holly Gaboriault about the status of hurricane damage repair and refuge enhancement to prevent future damage, and a summary of Friends activities since last meeting given by Friends President Rick Shields.

    We will then take interested guests on a brief walking tour of the Kingfisher Discovery Center adjacent to the Visitor Center.  We had hoped to have the annual meeting in the Discovery Center, but it won't be quite ready by the 4th.  (Watch for news about the Grand Opening in the next two months!).

    We then return to the VC for a presentation by FWS Biologist Wayne Harris on "Native Landscaping for the Birds and the Bees".  Wayne will discuss the advantages of using native plants in your landscaping plan to attract wildlife to your property.  Just in time for spring planting!

    The meeting, tour, and presentation is free and open to the public, although you must be a member in good standing of the Friends to vote.  You may join or renew your membership at the meeting.

    No reservations are required.   Light refreshments will be served.

    If you are interested in running for a seat on our Board, or just want to become more involved with the Friends, please contact us at webmaster@coastalrefuges.org.

  • 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.

  • 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.

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