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  • Tuesday, February 04, 2014 1:15 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)

    Hams wanted, cured and uncured...

    for the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Puppet Theater.  We need puppeteers and a stage manager.  Script, puppets and stage furnished.  No experience necessary. 


    The environmental education program needs readers to read to kindergarten, first and second grade classes.  Volunteers will go out to schools to read and discuss some lovely children’s books.


    Are you a retired teacher, scout leader, or do you just enjoy working with elementary age children?  The refuge has a need for presenters in the environmental education program.  Anyone, experienced or not, with a desire to be greeted by enthusiastic little people whenever you go shopping will be accepted.  Training is provided.


    Don’t want to interact with children?  Then, we still have a need for your organizational and scheduling talents.


    If interested in any of the above fun activities, please call Amy Ochoa at 843-784 -9911 or email her at amy_ochoa@fws.gov.

  • Thursday, January 30, 2014 9:37 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Our third annual Photo Contest is in the works!  Submissions for the 2014 contest will be accepted from February 15 until April 15, 2014.  Winners will be announced during Environmental Education Week April 22-26, 2014.

    This year Bay Camera Company and Worldwide Camera of Savannah are donating gift certificates to our prize pool.  The Friends thank them for their support.

    For more information, click for the RULES AND ENTRY FORMS or HERE for the contest flyer.

    To see the winning photos from 2013, click HERE.
  • Wednesday, January 29, 2014 10:44 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Due to the inclement weather, the Friends Board meeting scheduled for tonight has been postponed. 
  • Friday, December 27, 2013 6:35 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
      The Amazon Foundation has a program called AmazonSmiles that donates 0.05% of your online purchases from Amazon to the Friends if you go through the link on our web site homepage (near the bottom of the page).

    From now until New Year's Day, AmazonSmiles will donate an additional $5 per individual who makes a purchase through the link. If you are planning an Amazon purchase in the next few days, please consider going through the link so that the Friends will receive the donation. It costs you nothing, the donation comes from the Amazon Foundation.
  • Monday, December 23, 2013 10:34 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
      Just a reminder that the Savannah NWR Visitor Center and the Harris Neck NWR Contact Station will be closed on December 25th, 2013 and January 1st, 2014.  The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive will remain open every day from dawn to dusk, as will the drive through Harris Neck NWR.  Pinckney Island NWR is also open every day.
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 7:01 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
        The New York times published an article on November 22 titled "The Year the Monarch Didn't Appear".  The author describes the recent dramatic decline in the annual monarch butterfly (Danaus plexippus) migration.

       The article also touches on the decline in honey bee populations and opines on the causes of declines in multiple insect populations.

  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:29 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
        The Friends website has registered with AmazonSmile, a program that allows folks purchasing items on Amazon.com to direct a small percentage of their qualifying purchases to the nonprofit of their choice.
        How does it work?  Simply go to our homepage, scroll down to the AmazonSmile icon and click "Get Started",  This takes you to Amazon.com.  You sign in with your current log in information, from then on shop as normal.  You will see the Friends group name at the top of your browser page.  There is no extra cost to you.
        AmazonSmile will donate 0.05% of your purchase to the Friends.  That's only 50 cents on a $100 purchase, but it does add up.  Give it a try!
  • Saturday, November 23, 2013 2:00 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
        The Friends group is made up of all kinds of people...teachers, business executives, professionals, parents, retirees, students...you name it. But the one thing we all have in common is our dedication to preserving and supporting the National Wildlife Refuges in our midst.  With the Refuge system facing severe budget cutbacks, volunteers have never been more important!!

    Volunteerism is the very heart of the Friends group, and can take many forms. Some volunteer their financial support, but don't have the time or inclination to participate in a volunteer activity. Some will donate time and effort on a project instead of or in addition to giving money. A smaller number commit large amounts of time to a single project, or a variety of projects, and take ownership in the success of the Friends and our mission.

    In order to encourage more volunteerism, the Board of Directors of Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges has developed a list of projects that could be taken on by one or a group of volunteers.  Some projects are big, some are small, some require coming out to a refuge, some can be done at home.  They all would contribute to the enhancement of our refuges.

    Take a look at the list.  If would like to volunteer, or just want more information, contact us.

    Remember our motto:  "Work to make a living...Volunteer to make a difference."
  • Wednesday, November 20, 2013 2:39 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Amazon.com has its own charitable foundation that distributes money to other 501(c)3 groups.  Called AmazonSmile, it allows customers to designate a non-profit organization to receive 0.05% of every qualified purchase the customer makes when they sign on to Amazon from a link on the organization's web site.

    The Friends are now signed up, so when you do your holiday shopping with Amazon on-line, come to the Friends web site and click on the AmazonSmile link on our home page..
  • Tuesday, November 12, 2013 10:19 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
          The winners of the Friends 2013 Photo Contest are now available for your viewing pleasure on our Flickr Photo-Sharing Site.  Congratulations to all our entrants!

         The winning prints are also on display at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center.

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