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  • Sunday, September 22, 2013 10:20 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
      Tickets for the River Boat cruise are going fast, so be sure to reserve yours soon (see "Coming Events" to reserve your tickets).  Seats are still available for the Friday night (Oct 11) showing of "America's Darling", but they are going fast as well.  Your spot can be reserved under Coming Events as well.

    Hope to see you at one or more of the events!
  • Saturday, September 14, 2013 9:43 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    My apologies to all who received the e-newsletter dated September 12.  I overlooked a major typo, and when I made the correction, I intended to send out a corrected version, Somehow, the original version with the typo was resent instead.

    I have just sent out the corrected copy, free of typos (I hope!).

    Please delete the first two copies you received, and keep the version dated September 14.  If you did not receive the e-newsletter, please let me know and I will send you one.

  • Wednesday, September 11, 2013 2:40 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    We've had great fun celebrating Refuge Week the last two years.  Our plans for 2013 are finalized, and I think we have outdone ourselves!  Three days of fun and education starting October 11, 2013.

    For details, check out the "Coming Events" tab on the menu .  Hope you can join us in some or all of the events.
  • Tuesday, August 20, 2013 6:26 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    The Friends group is sponsoring our Second Annual Photo Contest!  The rules have been changed based on our experiences from last year, so please read therm carefully.

    Winners will be announced during Refuge Week in October.

  • Sunday, July 21, 2013 10:24 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
       The new Friends group logo is now avaialble on a short-sleeve t-shirt.  We have men's and women's sizes available, shirts are $15 each.  If you would like a shirt, e-mail your size and style (men's or women's) to webmaster@#coastalrefuges.org.

  • Tuesday, July 16, 2013 12:41 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
         Work on the Conserving the Future Vision Plan continues with the release of the draft of the plan for hunting and fishing.  Friends are encouraged to read and comment on the plan during the public comment period which ends on August 15th.  Here is your chance to add your input to this important process.
    Comment period now open through August 15

    The Hunting, Fishing, and Outdoor Recreation implementation team has finalized their draft strategy for Recommendation 17: The Service will work closely with state fish and wildlife agencies to conduct a review of its current hunting and fishing opportunities, especially opportunities currently offered for youth and people with disabilities.  Based on this review, the Service and states will work cooperatively to prepare a strategy for increasing quality hunting and fishing opportunities on national wildlife refuges. The draft is available for a 45-day public comment period on www.AmericasWildlife.org.
  • Friday, June 28, 2013 1:14 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
          The Friends have a revised logo!  After an intense back-and-forth among Friends members and consultants, the revised logo is here (see the top of the home page).

         Many thanks to Tracy Toogood who did the heavy lifting, Ross Mosteller from Bahama Joe's Corporate Imaging for his advice, and to all those who commented on the many versions that were rejected before the winning design emerged.
  • Thursday, June 27, 2013 11:29 AM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
    Washington, DC
    June 27, 2013

         As Congress wrestles with next year’s budget, the Cooperative Alliance for
    Refuge Enhancement (CARE)
    warns that proposed funding cuts to the nation’s federal conservation lands will have big impacts for more than just wildlife.

         While the National Wildlife Refuge System is charged with conserving wildlife and providing recreational opportunities to the public, a report released by CARE today (America's Wildlife Refuges 2013: Delivering the Unexpected) describes some of the unlikely benefits that the nation’s 561 wildlife refuges add to the health, safety, and economic well-being of the American people. The broad coalition is urging Congress to provide the Refuge System with sufficient funds to allow these benefits to continue.

         According to the report, the National Wildlife Refuge System needs at least $900 million annually to carry out its conservation mission, but at its highest funding level in FY 2010, it received only $503 million. Since then, Congress has not only failed to provide the $8 million annual increase needed to cover rising costs, but has steadily cut the Refuge System’s budget. With Congress poised to slash federal spending, the System could see its funding drop to $389 million in FY 2014 – a 23% cut from FY 2010 that would leave an average of only $2.59 to manage each of its 150 million acres.

    To read the entire press release, click HERE

    To download a full copy of the report, click HERE

  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:54 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
       Puddles is back home in Savannah after a whirlwind tour of refuges in the west and midwest.  Sharon Lindsay, Puddles' traveling companion and photographer and Friends Group Board Member, says that Puddles will rest up, then hit the road in the fall to continue to spread the word about the National Wildlife Refuge system.

         A big Friends group Thanks! to Puddles and Sharon for all their help in promoting the refuge system!

         If you haven't been following Puddles' travels, be sure to check out the ***Puddles' Blog*** menu item on the home page.   There is one more posting to come.
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 11:30 PM | Rick Shields (Administrator)
     An Exciting Day at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
    (Article and photos by Monica Harris)

         Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was an exciting place to be Saturday, June 8, 2013, as nearly 200 visitors showed up to participate in the refuge’s First Annual Kids' Fishing Day and to celebrate the unveiling of new interpretive exhibits at the refuge Visitor Center.


      The day started early as 80 eager children lined up at 8:30 am to check-in for the fishing event.  Throughout the four-hour event, they had the opportunity to learn about and use the equipment to fish and crab, fishing ethics, and how to be safe around water.



         They also learned about boating requirements, cast netting for bait, and made a fish print T-shirt.  The event ended with a BBQ lunch, and each participating child got to take home a brand new rod and reel and tackle box.


         The event began as a partnership between The Service and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR), Coastal Resource Division to provide local children with an educational fishing experience in conjunction with GADNR’s Free Fishing Day.  The event also served to celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, June 1-9.

    Fishing from the newly refurbished public pier at Harris Neck

         Additional funding and support for the event was provided by Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges and the Sport Fish Restoration Program.  Many local organizations also provided volunteers to assist with the on-site activities.

    View from the pier

         After the fishing event, the festivities moved to the Harris Neck NWR Visitor Center where visitors enjoyed cake and punch, and explored the new interactive, interpretive exhibits.  Malone Design/Fabrication constructed the exhibits from designs developed by Ballantine Environmental Resources, Inc.  The majority of the exhibits focus on the wildlife, habitat, and rich history of Harris Neck NWR.

         The other two refuges managed out of the Harris Neck office, Blackbeard Island and Wolf Island NWR's, are also mentioned in several exhibits; highlights being the significance of barrier islands and sea turtle and shorebird management. 


         People came from as far away as two hours to attend the event for the day.  Ninety-five percent of the visitors attending the activities had never been to the refuge before.  With the success of the event, our partners are ready to help again next year.

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