Hutchinson Island Field Trip
Nov
23
8:00 AM08:00

Hutchinson Island Field Trip

By this date, fall migration is in its last weeks and many winter residents have already settled in. This location provides an interesting mix of birds due to a diverse habitat that includes grasslands, wooded areas, and wetlands. Several rare species have shown up here this year and last. All beginners and families with children are welcome. Meet at the white building (community center) at 8 am. Leader: Steve Wagner, sjwgnr@hotmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy, walking in varied terrain..

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Skidaway Marine Science Day 2019
Oct
19
11:00 AM11:00

Skidaway Marine Science Day 2019

  • Georgia Skidaway Marine Science Campus (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tours and talks will make a can’t-miss event for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the University of Georgia Skidaway Marine Science Campus, located on the north end of the island (10 Ocean Science Circle, Savannah, Ga. 31411).

The campus-wide open house will be presented by the UGA Skidaway Institute of Oceanography, UGA Marine Extension and Georgia Sea Grant, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary.

Skidaway Marine Science Day will also feature food trucks.

All admissions and activities at Skidaway Marine Science Day are free and open to the public. For additional information, call 912-598-2325, or see www.skio.uga.edu.

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October Big Day 2019
Oct
19
12:00 AM00:00

October Big Day 2019

Global Big Day has become a May tradition for tens of thousands of eBirders: 24 hours to put your favorite park/county/state/province country/continent on the global birding stage. Last year we couldn’t wait a full year between Global Big Days, and October Big Day was born. On 19 October, October Big Day is back!

Can we beat last year’s total of 6,331 species on a single October day?

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Right Tree, Right Place:  OAS Public Meeting
Oct
15
7:00 PM19:00

Right Tree, Right Place: OAS Public Meeting

Speaker: Jake Henry is new to the Savannah area, working as the Field Manager for the Savannah Tree Foundation since August of 2018. In this position, Jake focuses on coordinating tree planting and volunteer events, as well as maintaining trees after planting. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Earth Sciences from Cornell University, and his Masters in Forestry from Mississippi State University. Jake’s experience with non-profit conservation organizations has helped shape how he not only conserves natural resources, but engages the community. Most recently, Jake also became an ISA Certified Arborist.

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Second Thursday of the Month Bird Walk
Oct
10
8:30 AM08:30

Second Thursday of the Month Bird Walk

University of Georgia Aquarium, Jay Wolf Nature trail on Skidaway Island. The Jay Wolf nature trail is adjacent to the Skidaway River in a maritime forest habitat with beautiful views of the salt marsh. The 0.3 mile trail includes a boardwalk over the salt marsh. Meet at Aquarium entrance.

Trip Rigor: Easy, gravel trail is wheelchair accessible

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Savannah Christian Preparatory School
Sep
28
8:00 AM08:00

Savannah Christian Preparatory School

  • Savannah Christian Preparatory School (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will explore this restricted access area surrounded by countless acres of freshwater wetlands, ponds, and hardwood forests on the school’s private property. Welcomed by the school administration to bird this private school property, Ogeechee Audubon will explore the nature sanctuary affectionately known to the school as “Eden”.

Ogeechee Audubon looks forward to forging a joint relationship with the school to conduct periodic bird surveys on the property on a scheduled basis.

Meet at school parking at 8 AM. The gates will be opened at that time.

Leader: Stan Gray, graysirisgarden@comcast.net.

Trip Rigor: Moderate walking on varied terrain

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Isaiah Scott's Hog Island Adventure & eBird Basics
Sep
17
7:00 PM19:00

Isaiah Scott's Hog Island Adventure & eBird Basics

OAS Public Meeting:

First, Isaiah Scott, who was awarded a scholarship supported jointly by Georgia Ornithological Society and Ogeechee Audubon Society, will present his experiences this summer at the birding camp for teens at Audubon’s Hog Island in Maine.

The second part of our September meeting will be a brief instruction on eBird – the Basics. We will cover how to use eBird and Merlin ID apps. Bring your smart phones and please download the apps prior to the meeting. We will practice using these apps. This presentation is for novices to learn these apps.

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Tybee Island North Beach Field Trip and Shorebird Survey
Aug
11
5:30 PM17:30

Tybee Island North Beach Field Trip and Shorebird Survey

This is the time when we find the first returning shorebirds, Caspian Terns, migrating Black Terns, and lots of begging juveniles, Laughing Gulls, Royal Terns, Sandwich Terns, and more, as well as a few early migrant songbirds. Meet at Jaycee Park at 5:30pm to carpool over to Polk Street.

Leader: Diana Churchill, 912-604-7539 or dichurchbirds@gmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy flat surface with walking on sand.

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Backyard Birding Day at Savannah NWR
Aug
10
12:00 PM12:00

Backyard Birding Day at Savannah NWR

  • Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A free family fun day for all ages at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center.

Learn about birds through crafts, games, and a bird walk. You can learn bird identification and how to create your own backyard wildlife habitat. Explore new bird viewing habitat at the Visitor Center.

For more information call: 843-784-2468.

Activity rigor: Easy

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Ike's Birding Hikes - New Ebenezer Retreat Center
Jun
29
9:00 AM09:00

Ike's Birding Hikes - New Ebenezer Retreat Center

Explore - Observe - Learn

Join Isaiah Scott to explore the colorful summer birds in the cypress swamps of New Ebenezer Retreat Center.

Free admission and lunch is $10. To register or ask questions, text (912) 659-7985 or email Isiahescott843@gmail.com.

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OAS Public Meeting:   Gifts of Nature
Jun
18
7:00 PM19:00

OAS Public Meeting: Gifts of Nature

Speaker: Phyllis Limbacher Tildes

Phyllis Limbacher Tildes is an award-winning author and illustrator of two dozen picture books for children, infants to about eight years old. Her passion for nature and wildlife is reflected in many of her titles. Phyllis will be showing the steps of creating the art for her children’s books and talking about the research, writing and path to publication as well.

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Fort Pulaski National Monument
May
19
9:00 AM09:00

Fort Pulaski National Monument

Meet by the Fort Pulaski Bridge at 9 am to look for marsh wrens, painted buntings, shrikes, white pelicans, whimbrels, oystercatchers, and other shorebirds. Leader: Diana Churchill, for more information contact her at 912-604-7539 or dichurchbirds@gmail.com.

Trip rigor: Easy walking on flat terrain.

Note:  An entrance fee is charged to use this facility. 

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Fort Stewart
May
11
8:30 AM08:30

Fort Stewart

Meet Wildlife Biologist Larry Carlile at the Love’s Truck Stop in Richmond Hill (SW corner of I-95 Exit 90). We will leave the truck stop at 8:30 am and travel to a Fort Stewart Red-Cockaded Woodpecker cluster to observe RCWO adults and chicks inside the nest cavity. We may need to walk up to 0.25 miles to access the RCWO cavity tree cluster. We’ll also visit bottomland hardwood habitat associated with the Canoochee River. If you have an SUV type vehicle or truck with good clearance. please bring it as it will be needed. We will carpool at Love’s Truck Stop for those who do not have a vehicle with good clearance. Also, sturdy shoes (no open toes, boots/hiking boots preferred) and long pants are recommended. It will probably be buggy, so bug spray, long sleeves, and hats are a good idea. Leader Larry Carlile, for more information contact him at l.carlile259@comcast.net.

Our friends from Coastal Georgia Audubon Society will be joining us for this special field trip.

Trip rigor: Moderate with some walking over uneven ground.

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Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 5/3
May
3
7:45 AM07:45

Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 5/3

We will wander the park in search of migratory warblers, vireos, tanagers, buntings, flycatchers and more. Meet by the fountain at the north end of Forsyth Park at 7:45 am.

Leader: Diana Churchill, for more information contact her at 912-604-7539 or dichurchbirds@gmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy with some walking on flat terrain.

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Webb Wildlife Management Area S.C.
Apr
28
8:00 AM08:00

Webb Wildlife Management Area S.C.

  • James W Webb Wildlife Center and Game Management Area (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

We will be looking for spring migrants, red-cockaded woodpeckers, Bachman’s Sparrows and more. Meet to carpool at Savannah National Wildlife Refuge Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive entrance at 7 am or meet at entrance to Webb WMA at 8 am. Leader: Steve Wagner, sjwgnr@hotmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Moderate with walking on uneven ground.

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Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 4/26
Apr
26
7:45 AM07:45

Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 4/26

We will wander the park in search of migratory warblers, vireos, tanagers, buntings, flycatchers and more. Meet by the fountain at the north end of Forsyth Park at 7:45 am.

Leader: Diana Churchill, for more information contact her at 912-604-7539 or dichurchbirds@gmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy with some walking on flat terrain.

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Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 4/19
Apr
19
7:45 AM07:45

Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 4/19

We will wander the park in search of migratory warblers, vireos, tanagers, buntings, flycatchers and more. Meet by the fountain at the north end of Forsyth Park at 7:45 am.

Leader: Diana Churchill, for more information contact her at 912-604-7539 or dichurchbirds@gmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy with some walking on flat terrain.

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Georgia’s Shorebirds: Connecting the Hemisphere through Conservation
Apr
16
7:00 PM19:00

Georgia’s Shorebirds: Connecting the Hemisphere through Conservation

Speaker: Abby Sterling will discuss how the Georgia Coast provides critical habitat to many species of shorebirds that are experiencing significant population declines. Learn more as Abby highlights incredible stories and the conservation efforts underway to protect them.

Abby works as a shorebird biologist with Manomet’s Georgia Bight Shorebird Conservation Initiative. Manomet is a non-profit based in Massachusetts that uses science and partnerships to address conservation challenges throughout the hemisphere. Abby Sterling earned her doctorate from the University of Georgia, where she studied how habitat and landscape features influence beach nesting shorebirds and chick survival.

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Sterling Creek Park
Apr
13
8:00 AM08:00

Sterling Creek Park

Elbow Swamp Road, Richmond Hill GA. We will explore a new park which encompasses 187 acres of forests, wetlands, ponds, and grassland habitats. We will be looking for late migrants, warblers, wading birds and more.

Meet at 8:00 am at park entrance gate and park near public bathrooms. Leader: Steve Fox, sfox01@hotmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy with walking on trails.

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Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 4/12
Apr
12
7:45 AM07:45

Migratory Bird Walks with Diana Churchill in Forsyth Park 4/12

We will wander the park in search of migratory warblers, vireos, tanagers, buntings, flycatchers and more. Meet by the fountain at the north end of Forsyth Park at 7:45 am.

Leader: Diana Churchill, for more information contact her at 912-604-7539 or dichurchbirds@gmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Easy with some walking on flat terrain.

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Altamaha WMA
Mar
30
8:00 AM08:00

Altamaha WMA

Allow 1 to 1.5 hours to drive to the site. Altamaha WMA is located just south of Darien on Hwy 17, on left side. Meet in parking lot near large shed. Direction coordinates, 31.3507694, -81.4467409. Leader: James Fleullan, jrfleullan@gmail.com.

Trip Rigor: Moderate lots of walking along dikes.

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International Shorebird Survey Workshop from UGA
Mar
22
to Mar 23

International Shorebird Survey Workshop from UGA

  • UGA Marine Education Center and Aquarium (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Put your birding skills to use and participate in the International Shorebird Survey (ISS) during a two-day coastal stewards workshop, March 22-23. On the first day of the workshop, participants with gather for an evening presentation by Abby Sterling, shorebird biologist for Manomet Inc., covering ISS protocols and the history of the survey. Following the presentation, there will be a brief refresher on shorebird ID. The next day, participants will travel by boat through Wassaw Sound to conduct the ISS during the spring shorebird migration. This survey provides important information on population trends used in shorebird conservation planning.

This workshop is designed for intermediate or advanced birders with strong shorebird identification skills or those who are willing to study on their own prior to the workshop.

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Okefenokee NWR - (East side near Folkston)
Mar
16
8:30 AM08:30

Okefenokee NWR - (East side near Folkston)

Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Winn Dixie at I-95 Exit 29, or at 8:30 a.m. at east entrance to Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge off Rte. 121. Be aware that Okefenokee is a little over a 2 hour drive from Savannah. For questions and additional information, contact Bob Sattelmeyer of Coastal Georgia Audubon at engrds@gsu.edu or 404-217-7082.

Trip Rigor: Wildlife Drive by car, moderate walking to observation tower.

Note: Okefenokee NWR charges an entrance fee. Remember your Interagency or any refuge-specific passes.

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