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10th Anniversary Events: Celebrating State Wildlife Grants

10th Anniversary Events: Celebrating State Wildlife Grants

Come Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of State Wildlife Grants in Georgia!
* FREE Public Events Across the State on Sept. 10 & 11, 2010 *
For a decade, State Wildlife Grants have been a primary source of funds to help keep America's common species common and to conserve wildlife and their habitats -- before they become too rare and more costly to protect.  Come celebrate Georgia's conservation successes through these grants by attending an educational event near you!  Sponsored by the Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division and partners, all of these programs are FREE and open to the general public.  Pre-registration is not required (except for Panola workday).  Events will be held rain or shine.

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Friday, September 10, 2010

Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area presentation by DNR botanist Mincy Moffett and John Thrift, a biology instructor with the Environmental Technologies Program of Southeastern Technical College (Swainsboro Campus).

  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Southeastern Technical College (346 Kite Rd., Swainsboro, GA 30401)
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • Directions.  Presentation will be held in the college's auditorium.
  • Contact for more info: Mincy Moffett at Nongame Conservation Section, Social Circle ~ 770.918.6411 


Sea Turtle Conservation presentation by DNR biologist Mark Dodd at the Georgia Sea Turtle Center on Jekyll Island.  

  • 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. in the Exhibit Hall at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center (214 Stable Road, Jekyll Island, GA).
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • $5 daily parking fee per car required to enter Jekyll Island (or annual parking decal).  Parking at The Georgia Sea Turtle Center is free.
  • For more info, contact The Georgia Sea Turtle Center at 912.635.4076.
  • Turn this Friday night event into a fun-filled weekend! Visit www.jekyllisland.com to find things to do and places to stay.
Saturday, September 11, 2010

Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area guided hike with DNR botanist Mincy Moffett

  • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. on McLeod Bridge Tract of Ohoopee Dunes, just west of Swainsboro.
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • Dress comfortably for hiking.  Bring your own water and snacks.
  • Area has no restrooms or water, so please plan accordingly.
  • Park off McLeod Bridge Road, where it crosses the Little Ohoopee River (about 4.5
    miles west of Hwy. 57 off McLeod Bridge Road).  From Swainsboro (intersection of U.S. 80/U.S.1 Swainsboro Bypass), travel 1.5 miles west on U.S. 80. Turn right onto county road (CR) 456 and travel northwest for 2.1 miles (will become McLeod Bridge Road).  Travel another 0.9 miles to the McLeod Bridge crossing.  Parking is available on either side of the road or in one of several turnoffs to the south -- look for DNR trucks.  Space is limited, so please carpool.  
  • For more info, call Mincy Moffett at the GA DNR Nongame Conservation Office in Social Circle ~ 770.918.6411 


Privet-pull volunteer workday at Panola Mountain State Park in Stockbridge from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  2600 Ga. Hwy. 155, SW  Stockbridge, GA 30281

  • DNR Park's Chuck Gregory and Louise Todd will lead work party to eradicate invasive privet and restore native grasslands at park.
  • Dress comfortably for working outdoors.  Bring a water bottle, snacks, work gloves, and hand saw (if you have one).
  • Pre-registration is required.  Participants will be required to fill out a liability release form in order to volunteer.
  • Directions.  Meet at Panola's nature center, off Ga. Hwy. 155 in Stockbridge.  Visit www.gastateparks.org/panola to find detailed maps (scroll to the bottom).
  • For more info and to pre-register, call Panola Mountain State Park  ~ 770.389.7801.


Bog walk at Doerun Pitcherplant Bog Natural Area with DNR botanist Tom Patrick and DNR biologist Phil Spivey.

  • 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Doerun Natural Area (southwest GA - Colquitt County).
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • Dress comfortably for hiking.  Feet may get wet, so wear boots or old sneakers (no open-toed shoes).  Bring your own water and snacks. 
  • Area has no restrooms or water, so please plan accordingly.
  • Directions.  Doerun Natural Area is located 2 miles south of Doerun on Hwy. 133.  Look for the Natural Area sign, and park in the lot off the entrance road.
  • For more info, call Tom Patrick at the DNR Nongame Conservation Office in Social Circle ~ 770.918.6411


Bog turtle conservation presentation by DNR biologist Thomas Floyd and Chattahoochee Nature Center staff.

  • 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Chattahoochee Nature Center (9135 Willeo Rd., Roswell, GA 30075).
  • LIVE BOG TURTLES (adults and recent hatchlings) will be on display!  
  • Pre-registration is not required.
  • Membership entrance fee not required. 
  • Directions.  Presentation will be held in the gymnasium (Kingfisher Hall).
  • For more information about mountain bog restoration and the bog turtle Headstart program, visit www.georgiawildlife.com/node/1326.
  • For more event info, call Chattahoochee Nature Center ~ 770.992.2055


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