Wildlife Viewing Grants Recipients

Bat Week Walk
Celebrating Bat Week 2018, DNR biologist Katrina Morris (center) opens a bat walk near bat houses added to the Oconee Rivers Greenway as part of an Athens-Clarke County wildlife viewing grants project. (Athens-Clarke County)

2020

Friends of Oatland Island Wildlife Center

$2,160 to buy and install commercial-grade binoculars near a freshwater pond and wood stork rookery on the Savannah center.

One Hundred Miles

$2,445 for outreach regarding responsible viewing of sea turtles and shorebirds and involving turtle-friendly flashlights and communications.

Lavonia Elementary School

$2,970 to create a monarch and pollinator garden of native plants at the school as part of a community project.

City of Watkinsville

$2,885 to add bat houses, native plant plots and programs focused on bats at the city’s Harris Shoals Park.

Atlanta Audubon

$3,000 to build a tower for chimney swifts at Atlanta’s Freedom Park, as well as to help create signage and hold events that relay the importance of conserving native birds.

Friends of Panola Mountain State Park

$3,000 to replace all boards on a popular viewing platform that overlooks a granite outcrop at the Stockbridge park.


2019

DeKalb County Recreation, Parks and Cultural Affairs

$3,000 for a mountain trail viewing platform with interpretive signage at Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve.

Georgia 4-H Foundation

$3,000 for a project adding a platform, viewing scope and interpretive panels overlooking a marsh pond at 4-H Tidelands Nature Center on Jekyll Island.

Georgia Wildlife Federation

$3,000 to repair and upgrade a boardwalk and observation platform in a Piedmont tupelo river swamp at the Alcovy Conservation Center near Covington.

Gwinnett County Department of Community Services

$2,198 to develop monarch and related pollinator habitats with signage and outreach at Gwinnett parks.

Southeastern Trust for Parks and Land

$2,832 to build a chimney swift tower and kiosks that highlight area wildlife of concern at Talking Rock Nature Preserve in Pickens County.

Satilla Riverkeeper

$2,000 for adding at Burnt Fort landing near Woodbine a Satilla River Water Trail kiosk and signage exploring the trail and key species and habitats along the river.


2018

Athens-Clarke County

$2,823 for bat boxes and signage on the Oconee Rivers Greenway as part of larger bat-awareness project.

One Hundred Miles

$2,865 for extensive outreach encouraging responsible wildlife viewing on St. Simons-area beaches.

Golden Triangle Resource Conservation and Development Council

Award: $2,750 for kiosks featuring rare species information along a Spring Creek boardwalk in Colquitt.

The Amphibian Foundation

$2,628 for signs interpreting rare salamander propagation at an Atlanta park, the foundation’s home base.

Okefenokee Swamp Park

$2,163 to build a wildlife viewing platform at the Waycross park.

Coastal Georgia Audubon

$1,773 to design and add interpretive signs highlighting shorebird habitat at key viewing sites along the state’s coast.