The Savannah National Wildlife Refuge and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will be featured at the March meeting of the Coastal Conservation Association (CCA) of Skidaway to be held on Monday, March 12, at St. Peter’s Church beginning at 7:00 pm. Nancy Fernandez, the Urban Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex, will talk about fishing opportunities in the Savannah Refuges Complex, as well as the origins of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and recreational opportunities at other nearby refuges.
The 56,000-acre Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex spans 100 miles of Atlantic Ocean coastline. This chain of national wildlife refuges (NWRs), managed by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, stretches from Pinckney Island NWR near Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, to Wolf Island NWR near Darien, Georgia. Between these lie Savannah, Tybee, Wassaw, Harris Neck, and Blackbeard Island NWRs. These seven refuges boast an array of ecosystems: tidal freshwater marsh, bottomland hardwoods, barrier island beach, maritime forest, salt marsh, and freshwater pond. Together they provide habitat for many protected species, including the piping plover, manatee, loggerhead sea turtle, and wood stork.
Nancy Fernandez got her start doing internships with the National Park Service in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, and Georgia performing tasks like environmental education, youth mentorship, outdoor leadership and community outreach. Today she serves as the Urban Outreach and Volunteer Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service at the Savannah Coastal Refuges Complex. As one of the few bilingual park rangers for the southeast region, she is working diligently to build new relationships and connect with underserved, nontraditional populations as well as create new partnerships with members of the community.
A Carbonlite Baitcast Rod and Reel Combo will be the prize for the CCA’s March raffle.
CCA is a non-profit organization with chapters on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. For more information about CCA of Skidaway contact Joe Tyson, 598-8765. For more information about CCA’s Georgia District, contact Tom Rood, 598-9753. For information about this month’s meeting and seminar, contact Dave Devore, 330-329-6457. Area residents are invited to attend the CCA of Skidaway meetings and seminars held on the second Monday of the month at St. Peter’s Church.