Effingham County Extension News


Discover YOUR National Wildlife Refuge!  Please join the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for a day of free, family fun at the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Visitor Center on Saturday, March 12, 2016 from 10am-4pm.  Partnering with Oatland Island Wildlife Center, the Savannah Chapter of the National Wildlife Turkey Federation (NWTF), Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges, Fort Pulaski National Monument, University of Georgia (Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources and Marine Education Center & Aquarium), this year’s Discovery Day will be filled with fun, wildlife-related educational activities for all ages.  This year we will also be celebrating the centennial of the Migratory Bird Treaty with special programs focusing on bird conservation, as well as live birds of prey (including a bald eagle)!


Have you ever wondered what a biologist, a wildland firefighter, an archaeologist, a forester or a refuge manager does on a national wildlife refuge?  Well, this is your chance to learn!  See how birds are banded (even band yourself!); learn about wildland fire with hands-on activities involving real fire equipment; try your luck at target shooting with a BB gun and bow while learning about the refuge hunt program; gain a better understanding of the Fish and Wildlife Service’s role in protecting endangered species; learn why water management matters to wildlife on Savannah NWR, get close up with a variety of reptiles and much more. The Friends of the Savannah Coastal Wildlife Refuges will also be serving hotdogs and drinks, while they last.


All activities will be at the Savannah NWR Visitor Center located at 694 Beech Hill Lane Hardeeville, SC (off U.S. 17, approximately 7 miles north of Savannah, GA and 7 miles south of Hardeeville, SC). For more information on this rain or shine event, call 843-784-2468.


Savannah NWR is one of over 560 national wildlife refuges located throughout the United States.  The nearly 30,000-acre refuge is home to bald eagles, neo-tropical migratory songbirds, large concentrations of wading birds and wintering ducks, and American alligators.  The Savannah NWR Visitor Center is open Monday – Saturday, from 9am-4pm; closed Sundays and all federal holidays.  The Laurel Hill Wildlife Drive and all other refuge lands are open daily from sunrise to sunset.


National Wildlife Refuges…Where Wildlife Comes Naturally!

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About Abby Smith

Abby W. Smith is the County Extension Coordinator and 4-H Youth Development Agent for Effingham County Extension. She has worked for UGA Extension cumulatively for seven years. 4-H and Extension has always been an important part of life for Smith and she is dedicated to offering well-rounded, diverse and educationally based programming for the citizens of Effingham County.