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  • Friday, September 28, 2012 1:24 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Lisa and David Fleming from Water-Dog Outfitters on Hilton Head are once again offering special guided biking, hiking, and kayak tours of Pinckney Island NWR to celebrate refuge Week.  As in previous years, part of their proceeds will be donated to the Friends group.

    Here is their FLYER with details of the tours.
  • Tuesday, September 25, 2012 8:45 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Linda Etchells and the Swampgirls Paddle Club have announced their annual Savannah River kayak tours to celebrate Refuge Week and to raise money for the Friends.  Check out the details under Coming Events.

    I have done the Friday paddle and it was a treat and really is fine for novice 'yakers.
  • Saturday, September 22, 2012 1:18 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Be sure to checkout our redesigned Facebook page.  Tracy Toogood is working wonders with it, so get over there,check it out, and "Like" us.
  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:26 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    The Friends group has received donated ceramic Lenox collectibles (birds and mammals) that we are selling in The Gator Hole as a fund-raiser.  We would like to try selling them on Ebay to reach a larger audience.  Does anyone have some expertise in this or know someone who does?  If you do, please e-mail me at webmaster@coastalrefuges.org.

  • Thursday, September 20, 2012 10:06 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    We had a great response to the request for volunteers at the Visitor Center!  Amy and I are busy getting the new folks oriented, and our open slots are full (at least for the next two weeks).  But never fear, we are happy to go on training if you want to volunteer and haven't contacted us yet, so don't be bashful.
  • Monday, September 17, 2012 9:44 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    We have a number of gaps in the schedule for staffing the Visitor Center at Savannah NWR.  You should have received an e-mail listing the openings for the next two weeks.

    Please consider becoming a volunteer at the VC, or coming back if you have volunteered before.  We had the luxury of Zac and Christine filling in the gaps for us.  Now that they have both left, we need to step up our commitment to keeping the desk and The Gator Hole staffed every day. We have only eight volunteers signed up for the 24 shifts in the next two weeks.

    There are two shifts per day: 8:30 AM -12:30 PM, and 12:30 PM -4:30 PM.  If you just want to staff the desk and not handle the cash register, that's fine, that would still be a big help.

    The following shifts are available:

    Tuesday 9-18:  AM and PM
    Wednesday 9-19: PM
    Thursday 9-20: AM and PM
    Friday 9-21: PM
    Saturday 9-22: PM
    Monday 9-24: AM and PM
    Wednesday 9-26: PM
    Friday 9-28: PM
    Saturday 9-29: PM

    Contact me, or Amy if you can help out.  We offer training sessions for those who have not done it before.
  • Sunday, September 16, 2012 10:43 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    We had a very productive day with our facilitator, Joan Patterson, at the FWS house on Pinckney Island NWR yesterday.  Eighteen Friends and staff had a very dynamic and interactive day laying out what we need to do over the next five years to build on our success so far as an organization.  Joan is consolidating all the ideas and will return them to us so that we can develop a timeline of action.  It was a very useful two days!
    A special thanks to Twila Gray, Dale and Connie Terrell, and Dan Vogt who did such a wonderful job preparing the house ( an old hunting lodge) for the meeting and for preparing a gourmet lunch for us all.  We also own a lot to Joan for giving up her weekend to travel from DC to Savannah to assist us.
    Watch for more to come about the Strategic Planning process.
  • Saturday, September 15, 2012 12:02 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Eighteen Friends and FWS staff turned out tonight for the intro session of our Strategic Planning retreat.  Joan Patterson (our facilitator from the National Wildlife Refuge Association) guided us through exercises designed to determine how we can carry out our mission, establish goals, and fulfill our mandates.  We also began the discussion on what actions, projects, and governance changes we want to see put into our five-year strategic plan.  Several members volunteered to be responsible for assembling the ideas and projects we decide on at tomorrow's session into a comprehensive plan to be presented to the membership within the next two months.  I think it was a great start to the Retreat with new and established members contributing.  Looking forward to tomorrow!
  • Sunday, September 09, 2012 11:24 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Hope everyone got to see the very nice article Mary Landers wrote in the Sunday, September 9th Savannah Morning News about the tower exhibit project.  Great pictures too by Steve Bisson.  The Friends group got a nice shout-out for helping purchase some of the supplies used in the installation.  Make sure you get out to the Savannah NWR to see for yourself.
  • Wednesday, September 05, 2012 9:36 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    The Friends group is mourning the departures of two of my favorite people, Zac Gohsman and Christine Fox.  Zac has left us to attend medical school, and Christine will be leaving soon to accept a new job in Athens.  You may have seen their smiling faces if you spend any time around Savannah NWR.

    Zac joined FWS as a STEP (Student Temporary Employment Program) intern for visitor services at Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex in 2010.

    He put in many hours staffing the information desk and the store at Savannah NWR Visitor Center, as well as helping the biology staff with invasive species control and other projects. He was also a good sport about appearing in costume as "TR Bear" and the "Blue Goose"  Who can we talk into donning those outfits now?

    We are hoping he will be able to find some time away from his studies to put in an occasional appearance at the VC.

    Christine Fox came aboard in May of 2011 as a Student Conservation Association intern with visitor services at the Complex headquarters.  She has been an enormous help with the Environmental education programs within the complex and also provided lots of help with the information desk and the bookstore at the Savannah NWR VC.

    This spring she received her master's degree in Environmental Education from UGA.  Even though she is leaving us, we would love to see her back in uniform with FWS Visitor Services in the near future.  Athens isn't that far away, Christine, don't be a stranger!

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