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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OR to Register by mail: RSVP to info@coastalwildscapes.org  Remit payment to Coastal WildScapes, P.O. Box 1106, Darien, GA 31305


Upcoming events

    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 7:00 PM
    • 19 May 2018
    • 8:30 PM
    • One Conservation Way, Brunswick GA 31520

    Master Birder: Six-Week Ornithology Series for Birders of all Levels

    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!

    Coastal WildScapes, One Hundred MilesCoastal Georgia Audubon Society, and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are pleased to announce our NEW Master Birder course starting in April 2018. The six-week series will provide birders of all backgrounds and skill levels with an introduction to ornithology, bird identification, and conservation efforts in coastal Georgia. As a benefit to our inaugural participants, the Spring 2018 Master Birder course is being offered at a special reduced rate—don’t miss your chance to learn from the experts and explore coastal Georgia’s birding hot spots!

    The per-person course fee of $200 includes six interactive lectures, guided field trips, books, audio recordings, a course binder, and a graduation dinner. Student rates and scholarships are available. If you are interested in receiving a full or partial scholarship, please call (912) 222-3140 or complete the online scholarship application.

    Master Birder lectures will be held Tuesdays (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm) from April 10th to May 15th, 2018, in the Susan Shipman Education Building at the Georgia Department of Natural Resources in Brunswick (One Conservation Way, Brunswick, 31520). An informal final exam and group dinner will be held on Tuesday, May 22nd. Participants will choose from five coastal field trips, held on April 21 and 28, and May 5, 12, and 19. Following completion of the course, participants will be asked to become a member and complete at least 10 hours of volunteer service with one or more of the participating organizations (OHM, CWS, CGA, or GADNR).

    Classroom Lectures (7:00 pm - 8:30 pm): Participants are expected to make every effort to attend all lectures.

    Tuesday, April 10 – Introduction to Ornithology and the Tools of Birding
    Tuesday, April 17 – Avian Anatomy and Physiology
    Tuesday, April 24 – Bird ID by Sight and Sound
    Tuesday, May 1 – Migration and Navigation
    Tuesday, May 8 – Backyard Birds and Plantings
    Tuesday, May 15 – Bird Conservation and Volunteer Opportunities
    Tuesday, May 22 – Final exam and Group Dinner

    Field Trips: Participants are expected to attend at least three field trips during the course and will choose from either the LSSI or Altamaha River boat trip. Field trip schedule is subject to change based on weather and birding conditions:

    Saturday, April 21 – Altamaha Wildlife Management Area
    Saturday, April 28 –  Paulk’s Pasture
    Saturday, May 5 – Gilman Wood Stork Rookery, St. Marys
    Saturday, May 12 – Little St. Simons Island (space limited)
    Saturday, May 19 – Altamaha River boat trip (space limited)

    For more information, please call Catherine Ridley, OHM VP of Education and Communications, at (912) 264-4111. Group size is limited to 20 participants, so early registration is encouraged.

    INSTRUCTORS

    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.

    • 13 Apr 2018
    • 30 May 2018
    • 404 North Way, Darien, GA 31305

    Join us for an exhibit of the 2018 photo contest entries.

    A reception will be held on April 20th 5pm - 7pm. 

    The show will run from April 13th to May 30th. No registration needed.


    • 26 Apr 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ashantilly Center, 15591 GA Hwy 99
    • 13
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    • 05 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Beach access at corner of Macy Ln & St. Andrews Rd, Jekyll Island
    • 13
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    This is a Members Only trip. So make sure your membership is current. You will need to login to register. Click login button in top left corner of screen.

    • 10 May 2018
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Love's Seafood, 6817 Chief Of Love Rd, Savannah, GA 31419
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    Join us for an evening lecture with noted author and geologist Dr. Tony Martin.  Martin is the author of several books on dinosaurs and evolution in addition to the book we will discuss tonight.  Life Traces of the Georgia Coast reveals the unseen lives of plants and animals in the coastal environment. Books will be available for sale and signing. 

    • 16 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 715 Bay Street, Brunswick GA 31520
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    This is a Members Only trip. So make sure your membership is current. You will need to login to register. Click login button in top left corner of screen.


    • 24 May 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Ashantilly Center in Darien, Georgia
    • 24
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    • 12 Jun 2018
    • 8:00 AM - 2:30 PM
    • Sapelo Island Visitors Center, 1766 Landing Rd, Darien, GA 31305
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     Check out lunch options here. Make final lunch selection after registration. 

    • 16 Jun 2018
    • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Unitarian Universalists of Coastal Georgia, 1710 Gloucester St, Brunswick, GA 31520
    • 30
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    • 04 Aug 2018
    • 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
    • St. Simons Island, East Beach, Old Coast Guard Station
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    Join us  and Catherine Ridley from the SSI Turtle Project for a night-time walk on the beach in search of sea turtles! With the use of turtle-safe flashlights, we will walk the beach in search of nesting females and hatchlings. Information on sea turtle life history and nesting will be provided.

    This is a Members Only event so join or renew your membership to register. To register as a member you need to log-in to your profile first. To login click the login on the top left hand side of the webpage.

    • 08 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • Soccer Complex, S Beachview Dr, Jekyll Island, GA 31527
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    Join us for a morning on Jekyll Island with a plant biologist Eamonn Leonard (GA DNR) and a master birder and artist Lydia Thompson . We will explore Barrier Island Geology and Formation with a concentration plant community development and the bird species who call these environments home. We will move from early successional beach habitats to the climax maritime forest and show how this island has changed over time. 

    This is a Members Only event so join or renew your membership to register. To register as a member you need to log-in to your profile first. To login click the login on the top left hand side of the webpage.

    • 22 Sep 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • 15591 GA Hwy 99, Darien, GA 31305

    Join us for our annual Fall Plant sale. We will have several native plant vendors with a wide selection of plants for you garden. Free educational programming and food and drink in the center. Cost: free

    • 20 Oct 2018
    • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Meridian, GA
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    Join us for an exploration of a private back barrier island. This privately owned 1100 acre island is an untouched jewel on the Georgia Coast. Island owner Frank Williams who will interpret the history of the property will join us.  In addition to Mushroom expert Ancil Jacques, lichen enthusiast Malcolm Hodges, and coastal butterfly maven Christa Hayes. This is sure to be a great day of exploration and learning. Cost: Free. Space limited to 20. Trip will include a short boat ride leaving from Meridian (GA Hwy 99). Bring your own lunch, snacks, water.    

    This is a Members Only event so join or renew your membership to register. To register as a member you need to log-in to your profile first. To login click the login on the top left hand side of the webpage.

    • 03 Nov 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • North Beach, Tybee Island
    • 25
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    No automatic alt text available.Join Ogeechee Audubon board member James Fluellen for a day at the beach with the birds. Expect to see Shorebirds, Gulls, Terns, and more. 

    This is a Members Only event so join or renew your membership to register. To register as a member you need to log-in to your profile first. To login click the login on the top left hand side of the webpage.

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