Shrimp Day on Sapelo Island --  SOLD OUT
Jun
25
8:30 AM08:30

Shrimp Day on Sapelo Island -- SOLD OUT

To educate the public and celebrate two very special coastal inhabitants, the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) will hold its annual Shrimp Day on Tuesday, June 25, 2019. 

This fun and educational event gives participants the opportunity to visit Sapelo Island to learn about the life histories of Georgia’s blue crab and shrimp, as well as the local crab and shrimp industries that are a notable part of the coastal economy. Participants will enjoy an educational session and be given the opportunity to pull seine nets on the beach to capture these two  species (and other fish and invertebrates) first-hand. The program will end with a traditional shrimp boil luncheon. 

The ferry will depart the mainland at 8:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring a side dish to share.

For more information about the day, please contact the Friends of Sapelo at 912-242-7634.

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Decorate RJ Reynolds Mansion for the Holidays
Nov
17
to Nov 19

Decorate RJ Reynolds Mansion for the Holidays

Every year FOS members gather their holiday ribbons and favorite tree ornaments and head to the island to decorate the RJ Reynolds Mansion for the season.

Starting on Sunday, November 17 through Tuesday, November 19, 2019, the FOS elves will pull out the trees, climb the ladders and string holiday cheer throughout the house. You can come for the day or spend one or two nights. There are tasks to accommodate any schedule.

Decorating the Mansion is a unique experience and a fun way to get to know other FOS members.

Overnight space is limited. Save your spot for overnight or arrange for a day trip by calling: 912-242-7634 or email: fos@darientel.net

This activity is open to Friends of Sapelo Members Only

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Ribbiting Research - Understanding Frogs
Jun
14
1:00 PM13:00

Ribbiting Research - Understanding Frogs

The Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) invites the public to join University of Georgia graduate researcher Annie Paulukonis, at the Sapelo Island Visitors Center on Friday, June 14, at 1:00PM for an informational talk on her research entitled “Ribbiting Research: Using Breeding Frog Calls to Monitor Island Frog Populations and Assess Future Vulnerability”.

The Southeastern U.S. contains the highest number of unique amphibian species in the country; almost 140 species are found here. Georgia’s barrier islands have historically played host to a number of these species, primarily frogs, which play a vital role in island freshwater ecosystems, providing food for larger species and contributing to wetland nutrient cycling. Due to worldwide amphibian declines, these isolated island populations may prove to be important for the future of their species. However, salt-water intrusion may threaten these populations, and make them vulnerable to habitat loss or even potential die-offs. 

The presentation is free and open to the public. For directions to the Sapelo Island Visitors Center, please call (912) 437-3224. For more information about the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, please visit www.sapelonerr.org.

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Summer Meeting - Visitor's Center
Jun
8
10:00 AM10:00

Summer Meeting - Visitor's Center

Get out your trimmers, loppers, pruning shears, gloves and blowers…. the Visitors Center and Nature Trail needs sprucing up!

Friends of Sapelo will host their Summer members meeting at the Sapelo Island Visitors Center on June 8that 10:00 a.m.

In addition to tools, members are asked to bring a dish to share for lunch which will start at 12:30 p.m. with the business meeting to follow.

 Not member, this is the time to visit, meet the Friends to see if you would like to become a member.  

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Tropical Cyclones on the Georgia Coast
May
31
1:00 PM13:00

Tropical Cyclones on the Georgia Coast

SINERR PRESENTS THE SCIENCE OF TROPICAL CYCLONES ON THE GEORGIA COAST

 To coincide with the start of the 2019 Atlantic hurricane season, the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve (SINERR) invites the public to join SINERR Manager Doug Samson, at the Sapelo Island Visitors Center on Friday, May 31st at 1 p.m. for an informational talk entitled The Science of Tropical Cyclones on the Georgia Coast. 

In his talk, Samson will present a graphical illustration of the history of tropical cyclones along the Georgia coast, generally, and in McIntosh County, specifically.  He will confirm that while Georgia is a refuge from hurricanes, it is not so from tropical cyclones. Additional topics will include the challenges of predicting where storms will form, how the impacts of individual storms can vary dramatically, and the kinds of tropical cyclones we can expect in Coastal Georgia in the future.  Samson will also share information on how individuals can access a wealth of hurricane-related information online.

Throughout the year, SINERR strives to offer educational programming that addresses the interests and needs of members of our coastal community, and a hurricane-related program fit perfectly into that mission. Samson says, “We realized that the analyses of the hurricane history of Sapelo Island that we completed for our new 5-Year Management Plan were also relevant to the Georgia coast, and therefore might be of interest to residents of McIntosh and other coastal counties. With memories of Matthew and Irma still fresh in our minds, and hurricane season starting June 1, it seemed like a good time to have a conversation about tropical cyclones in Georgia, past present and future.”

The presentation is free, open to the public and will last approximately one hour. For directions to the Sapelo Island Visitors Center, please call(912) 437-3224. For more information about the Sapelo Island National Estuarine Research Reserve, please visit www.sapelonerr.org.

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