Education Mission

Provide educational opportunities for our members and general public to implement practices that will promote wildlife habitat and restore ecological function to our coastal Georgia landscapes...

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Upcoming events

    • 16 Mar 2020
    • 7:00 PM
    • 20 Apr 2020
    • 8:30 PM
    • One Conservation Way, Brunswick GA 31520

    Master Birder: Class is Full! 

    Calling all bird nerds: here’s your chance to sharpen your bird ID skills and learn more about the natural histories of birds that live along or visit Georgia’s 100-mile coast.

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    One Hundred MilesCoastal WildScapesCoastal Georgia Audubon SocietyManomet, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce the return of our Master Birder course starting in March 2020. The six-week series will provide birders of all backgrounds, skill levels, and ages with an introduction to ornithology, bird identification, and conservation efforts in coastal Georgia. Don’t miss your chance to learn from the experts and explore coastal Georgia’s birding hot spots!

    The per-person course fee of $275 (with an online processing fee, $293.38) includes six interactive evening lectures, 5 guided field trips, a bird book, a course binder, and a graduation dinner. Reduced student rates and scholarships are available based on need. If you are interested in receiving a full or partial scholarship, please call (912) 264-4111 or email Stephanie.

    Master Birder lectures will be held Tuesdays (6:30-8:30 pm) from March 16th to April 20th, 2020, in the Susan Shipman Education Building at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Brunswick. An informal final exam and group dinner will be held during the final class. Participants will be able to attend five coastal field trips, held on March 21st, 28th and April 4th, 11th, and 18th. As part of the requirements of this course, participants will complete at least 10 hours of volunteer service with one or more of the participating organizations (OHM, CWS, CGA, Manomet, or GADNR).

    Classroom Lectures: Participants are expected to make every effort to attend all lectures.

    Monday, March 16 (6:30-8:30 pm) – Introduction to Ornithology and the Tools of Birding
    Monday, March 23 (6:30-8:30 pm) – Backyard Birds, Plantings, and Habitats
    Monday, March 30 (6:30-8:30 pm) – Avian Anatomy and Physiology
    Monday, April 6 (6:30-8:30 pm) – Migration and Navigation
    Monday, April 13 (6:30-8:30 pm) – Bird Conservation and Volunteer Opportunities
    Monday, April 20 (6:30-8:30 pm) – Graduation: Time to Fledge! (Informal Exam, Group Dinner, Wrap Up and Review)

    Field Trips: Participants will be able to attend four field trips during the course PLUS choose from either the LSSI or Altamaha River boat trip for their final excursion. Field trip schedule is subject to change based on weather and birding conditions:

    Saturday, March 21 – Jekyll Island
    Saturday, March 28 – Altamaha Wildlife Management Area
    Saturday, April 4 – Paulk’s Pasture
    Saturday, April 11 – Gilman Wood Stork Rookery, St. Marys
    Saturday, April 18 – Little St. Simons Island –OR– Altamaha River boat trip

    For more information, visit our website. You can also call (912) 264-4111 or email Stephanie Chewning if you have questions about the course. Group size is limited to 20 participants, so early registration is encouraged.


    Dr. Eugene Keferl

    Dr. Eugene Keferl is a retired Professor of Biology. He has been watching birds for more than 40 years. Dr. Keferl has traveled to many parts of the world in pursuit of birds and has led birdwatching trips all over Georgia. He helps with the youth birding program TALON, presents at many birding festivals, and assists with several bird banding projects.

    Tim Keyes, GADNR wildlife biologist

    Tim Keyes is a wildlife biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ nongame conservation section. After getting hooked on birds during a trip to Newfoundland during college, he has worked with birds in one capacity on another for 22 years. Tim completed his master’s degree at the University of Georgia in 1999 studying forest songbirds in the southern Appalachians. Tim has worked for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources since 2000 and currently works on the Georgia coast as the nongame bird biologist. He established and organizes the Youth Birding Competition and was an editor on Georgia’s Breeding Bird Atlas. Tim’s current responsibilities include management, monitoring, and education primarily relating to shorebirds, seabirds, swallow-tailed kites, and wood storks.

    Eamonn Leonard, GADNR wildlife biologist

    Eamonn was born and raised in Huntsville, Alabama earned a BS in Horticulture (2000) from Auburn University. He worked at the J.W. Jones Ecological Research Center at Ichauway and the USGS in Idaho before attending graduate school at Utah State University, where he obtained an MS in Plant Ecology (2007) with a focus on invasive species. Eamonn currently works as a biologist with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources and sits on the Conservation Task force for Cannons Point on Saint Simons Island, chairman of Coastal WildScapes, chairman of the Coastal Georgia Cooperative Invasive Species Management Area, vice chair of the Savannah Pest Risk Committee, treasurer for the Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, and secretary for the Coastal Plain Chapter of the Georgia Native Plant Society.

    Dr. Robert Sattelmeyer

    Bob Sattelmeyer is a retired educator who has been avidly birding the Georgia coast for more than 15 years. He coordinates and leads field trips for Coastal Georgia Audubon and the Georgia Ornithological Society. 

    Lydia Thompson

    Whether Lydia is talking about, writing about, or drawing birds, her major focus is to intertwine her bird studies and art.  Lydia earned her Bachelors from Mississippi State University. After college she worked in advertising for seven years as a designer. While working she found an etching studio and started learning more about her chosen medium. Realizing that that advertising was not for her, she took some time to travel and learn about birds and drawing. She traveled for more than 38,000 miles and identified 560 species of birds in that year of travel and study before later settling in the Golden Isles of Coastal Georgia. Lydia is a popular columnist for the Jekyll Island Golden Islander newspaper and Golden Isles Magazine. She leads birding tours on Jekyll and is a Wild Birds Unlimited, Certified Bird Feeding Expert. In 2016, she was awarded the Georgia Ornithological Society’s Earle R. Greene Memorial Award for her bird conservation work.

    • 25 Apr 2020
    • 1:00 AM - 11:59 PM
    • 11 Coastal Georgia Counties.

    Join the wider coastal Georgia naturalist community on this one day Spring Butterfly Count. Spring is a great time to see migratory butterflies. Especially Monarchs as they migrate north. Record any butterfly species where ever you happen to be on this day in the 11 coastal counties. Observations of caterpillars and eggs would also be great. Help us capture the diversity of species utilizing the Georgia coast.

    Covid19 Response: This event is still on since this is an self guided outdoor event. However, still practice social distancing and other CDC recommendations.

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    • 02 May 2020
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Musgrove Retreat
    • 101

    In light of the uncertainty surrounding Covid19 we are postponing this event for now. We might change the format to an online auction later in the year. 

    We can still use your help We several ways you can support this event.

    • Become and Event Sponsor (click here for various levels and here to submit donation online),
    • Become an Program Sponsor with an Ad space in the event program (click here for specs and here to submit donation online),
    • Donate and Auction Item (click here to fill out the online form)

Past events

04 Apr 2020 Postponed - Spring Native Plant Sale
28 Mar 2020 Postponed - Spring Paddle Trip - Okefenokee
14 Mar 2020 Cancelled - Brunch & Learn - The Wonderful Frogs of Georgia’s Coastal Plain
25 Jan 2020 Annual Symposium "From Canopy to Floor: Nature's Hidden Connections"
07 Dec 2019 Member Appreciation "Oyster Roast"
14 Nov 2019 Evening Lecture - Carnivores of the Plant World
09 Nov 2019 Field Trip - "Broxton Rocks Preserve"
08 Nov 2019 Volunteer Work Day
02 Nov 2019 Paddle Trip - Okefenokee
26 Oct 2019 Field Trip - "Old Growth Longleaf Pine Forest" Moody Forest Preserve
14 Oct 2019 Coastal Georgia Butterfly Count
12 Oct 2019 Field Trip - Fall Plant Walk (Townsend WMA)
28 Sep 2019 Field Trip - Fall Plant Walk (Altama Plantation WMA)
21 Sep 2019 Fall Native Plant Sale
17 Aug 2019 Brunch & Learn - Turtles of the Coastal Plain
11 Jul 2019 Film & Cocktails “Secrets of the Longleaf Pine”
29 Jun 2019 Lunch & Learn “Birds of Prey”
01 Jun 2019 Field Trip “Fire Ecology of Longleaf Pine Ecosystem” (Members Only)
18 May 2019 Field Trip -"Coastal Plain Ecosystem Tour" (Members Only)
11 May 2019 Brunch & Learn - Habitat Certification
04 May 2019 Field Trip - Cathead Creek Paddle (Altamaha River) - Members Only
24 Apr 2019 Plant Identification Workshop - (Members Only)
20 Apr 2019 Field Trip - Gopher Tortoise Conservation (Members Only)
18 Apr 2019 Art Show - Reinhold Schwenk "East Beach"
10 Apr 2019 Evening Lecture "Birds and Brews - The Red Cockaded Woodpecker"
30 Mar 2019 Spring Native Plant Sale
02 Mar 2019 Annual Fundraiser - Starlight & Spartina
12 Jan 2019 Annual Symposium - Looking Inland: Fire, Forests, & Floodplains
04 Jan 2019 2019 Photo Contest Exhibit
08 Dec 2018 Member Appreciation Oyster Roast
16 Nov 2018 A High Low Tide: An Evening at Skidaway
15 Nov 2018 Lunch, Learn, & Walk - Maritime Forest Restoration
03 Nov 2018 Field Trip: Birding on Tybee Island "Members Only"
20 Oct 2018 Field Trip - Nature Walk on Creighton Island - Members Only
08 Oct 2018 Field Trip: Sapelo Island History & Wildlife
04 Oct 2018 Lunch & Learn - "Fall Migratory Butterflies"
28 Sep 2018 Cay Creek Volunteer Workday
22 Sep 2018 Fall Native Plant Sale
08 Sep 2018 Field Trip - Barrier Island Ecology and Bird Walk "Members Only"
06 Sep 2018 Evening Cocktails & Lecture "Snakes of the Georgia Coast"
04 Aug 2018 Night-time Sea Turtle Walk "Members Only"
27 Jul 2018 Moonlight Paddle on White Chimney River "Members Only" - Registration Closed
16 Jun 2018 Lunch & Learn: Birds of Prey
24 May 2018 Lunch & Learn - Resilient Coastal Native Plants
16 May 2018 Field Trip - Ocean Life on the RV Bulldog "Members Only"
10 May 2018 Evening Cocktails & Lecture "Life Traces of the Georgia Coast"
05 May 2018 Field Trip - Reptiles & Amphibians "Members Only"
26 Apr 2018 Lunch & Learn - Marine Mammals & Sea Turtles
13 Apr 2018 2018 Photo Contest Show
10 Apr 2018 Master Birder's Series - Class is Full!
07 Apr 2018 Spring Native Plant Sale
03 Mar 2018 Starlight & Spartina - Annual Fundraiser
20 Jan 2018 Open the Garden Gate - Beaches and Barrier Islands
02 Dec 2017 Members Appreciation Oyster Roast
29 Oct 2017 Field Trip - Altama Plantation WMA
21 Oct 2017 Oyster Roast - Fundraiser
21 Oct 2017 Fall Native Plant Sale - Rescheduled
21 Sep 2017 Evening Lecture & Cocktails - Habitat Certification
15 Jul 2017 Lunch & Learn - Birds of Prey
22 Jun 2017 Evening Lecture - Linda Chafin
17 Jun 2017 Georgia Plume / Bog Trip
03 Jun 2017 Paddle Trip - Ebenezer Creek - Canceled
20 May 2017 Field Trip - Savannah Ogeechee Canal
18 May 2017 Habitat Certification Lunch & Learn
13 May 2017 Garden Party - Linda Lamb's
07 May 2017 Coastal Paddle Trip
06 May 2017 Field Trip - Beach Ecology
15 Apr 2017 Garden Party - with Freya Zipperer
08 Apr 2017 Field Trip - Harris Neck National Wildlife Refuge
01 Apr 2017 Spring Native Plant Sale
23 Mar 2017 Lunch & Learn - Natives for Birds
18 Mar 2017 Members Only Field Trip - Dunham Farms
04 Mar 2017 Starlight & Spartina
21 Jan 2017 Open the Garden Gate to Coastal Habitats
03 Dec 2016 Member's Appreciation Oyster Roast
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