Come join members of Ogeechee Audubon attempting our first “Big Sit.” We’ll set up spotting scopes at Woody Pond and hang out to see what we can see or hear. We will be looking for wintering waterfowl, waders, rails, raptors and sparrows.
Meet at Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge Woody Pond parking lot. Leader: Mary Lou Dickson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Trip Vigor: Easy, Limited walking. Handicap accessible.
Lunch at Altman’s Restaurant, Townsend following the “Big Sit.” Great for anyone who wants to connect the Big Sit outing with “Identifying Georgia Birds through Calls and Songs – a presentation by Georgann Schmalz” at the Ashantilly Center in Darien.
Join Mary Lou Dickson at Altman’s Restaurant, 15271 US Highway 17, Townsend, GA 31331-3868, 912-832-2171. Here’s a link to the online menu. https://www.zmenu.com/altmans-restaurant-eulonia-online-menu/ Leader: Mary Lou Dickson, email@example.com.
Identifying Georgia Birds through Calls and Songs – a presentation by Georgann Schmalz
This program will be at the Ashantilly Center, 1712 Bond Rd., Darian, GA. A reception will follow the presentation. $20 donation - for non-members of the Center. This program is for anyone who is interested in learning to identify birds by songs and call notes.
Georgann Schmalz is President and Ornithologist for Birding Adventures.
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.
In this program Russ will give us an introduction to noise pollution, and its harmful impact on humans and wildlife. Human quality of life has diminished and we have been subconsciously conditioned to tolerate noise as a part of everyday life without realizing its impacts on our health and hearing. Ecosystems and wildlife diversity in urban and suburban environments have been altered as noise averse species have declined leaving only those which can still tolerate and communicate in spite of the noise pollution.
In celebration of the Great Backyard Bird Count, we are offering a field trip at Solomon Tract. Meet at entrance. Leader: Steve Wagner, firstname.lastname@example.org.
GPS coordinates: 32° 11.988’ N 081° 10.203’ W
Trip Vigor: Moderate, with a lot of walking on uneven ground.
Georgia Ornithological Society Winter Meeting on Tybee Island is an opportunity for all to learn how to identify many local bird species in the area. There are numerous field trips to various habitats. The public and birders of all levels are welcome to attend. See www.gos.org for more information and to sign up.
Ogeechee Audubon Society will be celebrating the culmination of the Year of the Bird with our Holiday Party.
Our celebration will feature a presentation by Diana Churchill on Winter Birds as a warm-up for our upcoming Christmas Birds Counts. We will then put our skills to the test in a friendly competition! In addition, we will conclude our raffle benefiting the Orphaned Bird Care Program.
When: December 8, 2018 8:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Where: Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center
Cost: free for kids (including lunch). Adults (17+) $9 for lunch
Maximum: 40 kids
Deadline to Register: 4:30 p.m. Monday, December 3, 2018
Call us at 770-784-3059 and register today!
Please join Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and Ogeechee Audubon Society for a program celebrating the Year of the Bird!
This hands-on program to build Barn Owl boxes is limited to 20 individuals.
Note: You must sign-up by October 30th to participate.
Speaker: Larry Carlile
Larry’s presentation will discuss the recovery of the Fort Stewart red-cockaded woodpecker population and management activities that support other rare species on the Installation. Larry is an avid birder, is a member of Ogeechee Audubon Society, and is President of the Georgia Ornithological Society.
Larry Carlile is a graduate of the University of Georgia, D.B. Warnell School of Forestry (MS). He has been a Wildlife Biologist for the Department of Defense at Fort Stewart / Hunter Army Airfield for the past 24 years. Larry supervises a staff of nine wildlife biologists and is responsible for the management and monitoring of state and federally protected rare, threatened, and endangered species including the smooth coneflower, bald eagle, wood stork, eastern indigo snake, frosted flatwoods salamander, and red-cockaded woodpecker, as well as game species and sport fish within an active and dynamic military landscape.
Tours and talks will make a can’t-miss event for all ages on Saturday, Oct. 13, 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.
We will stroll through the park-like setting of the beautiful 51-acre gardens looking for migrating birds, early arriving winter residents, and even some interesting butterflies, moths, and other pollinating insects, all drawn by the diversity of the floral plantings. As the Gardens grow and develop, variations in habitats are attracting a wide assemblage of species. (https://www.facebook.com/BambooFarmCoastalGardens).
Designated an eBird Hotspot, 135 species have been reported on the grounds to date. Help us add to that list.
Meet inside the Canebrake Road entrance in the Andrews Visitor and Education Center parking lot at 8:00 am.
Leader: Stan Gray, email@example.com or 912-659-5020.
Georgia Ornithological Society fall meeting on Jekyll Island. Register at www.gos.org for a variety of field trips, including excursions to some islands only accessible by boat.
Lake Mayer offers interesting year-round residents as well as migratory songbirds and perhaps the first returning waterfowl of the season.
Meet in the east side of the main parking lot off Montgomery Crossroads at 8:00 am. Leader Steve Fox, 912-596-4685 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Ogeechee Audubon Society Meeting
The Accidental Birder – Birds I Saw as I Traveled Through South Africa
There will be a raffle (supporting Orphan Bird Care) and we will be selling OAS pins
With fall migration well underway, we never know what we will find on Hutchinson, including migratory songbirds, shorebirds, and raptors.
Meet by the large white building in the center of The Reserve at 8 am. Leader Larry Carlile, 912-224-1796 or email@example.com
This event has been cancelled. The current conditions at this site may not be favorable to support large numbers of migrating birds.
A field trip to Harris Neck NWR has been added on Saturday August 25, 2018, 8 AM.
We apologize for the confusion.
NEW - Added field trip, replaces cancelled Onslow Island Field Trip
We'll be looking for migrating songbirds as well as late season herons, egrets, wood storks, ibis, roseate spoonbills, and black-bellied whistling ducks.
Meet at the entrance at 8:00 am. Bring water, bug spray, hat, sunscreen. Leader: Pam Smith 717-201-9756 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 8 am to carpool over to Polk Street. Leader: Diana Churchill, 912-604-7539 or email@example.com
Note: There is a charge to park your car at Jaycee Park.
Meet at 8am at park entrance, gate opens at 9:00 am. Leader: Mary Sweeney-Reeves, firstname.lastname@example.org or 912-844-8988.
Note: An entrance fee is charged to use this facility. Visit the following page for details: https://www.nps.gov/fopu/planyourvisit/fees.htm