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  • Saturday, October 20, 2012 10:57 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    What a beautiful day in Savannah for Marine Sciences Day!  We had many folks stop by the Friends and the FWS table, and 27 people signed up to get our newsletter.

    Any day I get to handle "Crawfish's" reptiles is a great day.
  • Friday, October 19, 2012 7:29 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Linda Etchells, Friends group Board member, organized two fund-raising kayak trips on the Savannah River for Refuge Week and raised more than $1200 for the Friends!  Way to go Linda and the Swampgirls!
  • Monday, October 15, 2012 5:37 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    The 2013 Prescribed Burn announcement from FWS has been released.  It begins...

    "The 2013 Annual Prescribed Fire Plan includes 2,062 acres targeted for burning during the next three months.  Most of the units involve burning wetland impoundments to open up and provide quality habitat prior to the arrival of wintering waterfowl."

    To read the entire document, click HERE.
  • Sunday, October 14, 2012 10:15 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    This weekend's Refuge Week activities were simply fabulous!  Great weather, great planning, great attendance, great activities - we could not have asked for a better event.

    So many people worked so hard to make Refuge Week activities such a success, I will try to thank them all:

    First  - thanks to all the Friends group members and the members of the public who participated at Wassaw Island NWR on Saturday and on the Savannah River Cruise on Sunday.  Without you, there would be nothing to write about.  Special thanks to the new members who joined, and to Noah and Mary Rosenstein whose $120 bid won the Teddy Bear auction.

    Next - Thanks to all the FWS staff who gave up their weekend (and many days leading up the the celebration) preparing and ensuring that everything went off without a hitch.  Thanks to their boss, Jane Griess who staffed the VC on Saturday so all her staff could join us on Wassaw.  Thanks also to Monica Harris with Visitor Services for all her planning, Amy Ochoa, Russ Webb, Peter Range (my new favorite Blue Goose), Mia Corona, Rachel Thomas, and Christine Fox (great to see you back in Savannah).

    Thanks to all the volunteers who helped ensure that things ran smoothly.  Twila Gray, Connie Terrell, Arnie and Ellie Weisbrot, Dave Chafin, John Crawford, Ann Lindsay, Sharon Lindsay, Wayne Harris, Kris Williams, and all the boat operators and staff from the UGA Marine Extension Service.  Please forgive me if I left anyone out.

    Finally, thanks to Joe Weigand (TR) for once again regaling us with his reincarnation of our 26th president, Theodore Roosevelt, known to us all as the father of the National Wildlife Refuge System.

    Please post your comments on this site under Friends Blog and send me your best photos to share with our readers.

    It's been an exciting and tiring weekend, more news and pics to follow, I'm going to bed.
  • Friday, October 12, 2012 6:40 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Linda Etchells just sent me this photo of the gang that paddled with the Swamp Girls down the Savannah River today to celebrate Refuge Week.  What a beautiful day to be on the river!

    Thanks to all those who made the trip today.  All the fees collected are to be donated to the Friends group in honor of former Swamp Girl Sue Chapman.  We all miss her.

  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:05 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Entries are now being accepted in our very first Refuge Photo Contest.

    For details see our latest newsletter or download the flyer and the contest rules.

    Be sure to pass this along to your camera bug friends and family!
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2012 10:02 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    There are still tickets available for the Saturday Trip to Wassaw Island NWR and the Sunday Riverboat cruise.  Call Amy at 843-784-2468 to reserve yours.  

    For more details see our latest newsletter.
  • Sunday, October 07, 2012 8:21 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Just a reminder that the Savannah NWR Visitor Center and the Harris Neck NWR Contact Station will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2012 for the Columbus Day federal Holiday.  The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and the Harris Neck trails will be open.
  • Friday, September 28, 2012 1:50 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    The Friends group is now accepting entries for our very first Photo Contest.  There are three categories and two age groups with seven prizes to be be awarded.  Winners will be announced December 8th, and the winning entries will be displayed at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.

    Thanks to Monica Harris and Tracy Toogood for putting together the contest.

    Here is a flyer announcing the contest, and here are the contest rules.

  • Friday, September 28, 2012 1:36 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    There still are tickets available for the October 14th Savannah River cruise.  Contact Amy to reserve yours before they are all gone!

    AMY:  Phone: (843) 784-2468, ext. 111

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