Celebrate World Shorebird Day at Fort Pulaski
Sep
8
3:00 PM15:00

Celebrate World Shorebird Day at Fort Pulaski

We will be mainly tracking shorebirds but counting other fall migrants during this field trip at high tide. Our data collection for this count will be added to data collected by scientists monitoring shorebirds worldwide. These counts carried out by thousands of volunteers and professionals reveal distribution, population trends and/ or abundance of any species. This data collection is fundamental to the assessment of their status. Meet at 3 PM at park entrance.

Leader: Mary Sweeney-Reeves, marshnut@comcast.net or 912-844-8988.

Trip Rigor: Easy with path and beach walking.

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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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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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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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Identifying Georgia Birds through Calls and Songs
Mar
2
2:00 PM14:00

Identifying Georgia Birds through Calls and Songs

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.

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Lunch after Harris Neck Big Sit
Mar
2
11:30 AM11:30

Lunch after Harris Neck Big Sit

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, marylou@dicksonimages.com.

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Harris Neck NWR - Woody Pond "Big Sit"
Mar
2
8:00 AM08:00

Harris Neck NWR - Woody Pond "Big Sit"

  • Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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, marylou@dicksonimages.com.

Trip Vigor: Easy, Limited walking. Handicap accessible.

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Noise Pollution and its Effects on Humans and Wildlife
Feb
19
7:00 PM19:00

Noise Pollution and its Effects on Humans and Wildlife

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.

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Savannah NWR - Solomon Tract
Feb
17
8:00 AM08:00

Savannah NWR - Solomon Tract

  • Little Hearst Pkwy Port Wentworth, GA, 31407 United States (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

In celebration of the Great Backyard Bird Count, we are offering a field trip at Solomon Tract. Meet at entrance. Leader: Steve Wagner, sjwgnr@hotmail.net.

GPS coordinates: 32° 11.988’ N   081° 10.203’ W

Trip Vigor: Moderate, with a lot of walking on uneven ground.

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