Free Screening of "Bird of Prey: The Story of the Rarest Eagle on Earth"

Please join us for a free screening of the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's "Bird of Prey" ( on Monday, February 24th at 7pm at the UGA Miller Learning Center Room 350. The documentary follows wildlife cinematographer, Neil Rettig's journey into the jungles of the Philippines to document the Great Philippine Eagle and tells the story of the species' dwindling population and the group of people striving to save it from extinction.


ORAS Opens Spring 2020 Conservation Grant Cycle

ORAS is excited to announce the opening of the Spring 2020 Conservation Grant application cycle! If you are conducting research or completing a project with an emphasis on bird conservation, habitat improvement, or environmental education, we encourage you to apply for the grant. Preference will be given to projects located within the Athens-Clarke County area, but considerations will also be given to other locations in Georgia and surrounding states. Application deadline is March 15th, 2020. Please visit our Conservation Grants page ( for more information about the grant and application process. 

ORAS February Meeting Features Talk on Managing Invasive Plants to Benefit Birds

Please join us for our monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Thursday, February 6th at Sandy Creek Nature Center where Gary Crider, Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative member, will discuss the most insidious invasive plants in the Georgia Piedmont and what you can do to help native birds. See below for details.


ORAS Awarded Burke Grant from National Audubon Society

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society (ORAS) recently received the National Audubon Society's Plants for Birds Burke Grant. With this funding, ORAS will be able to build a high-profile demonstration garden to showcase the importance of native plants to bird conservation while also creating habitat for other wildlife within the Athens community.


ORAS January Meeting will feature talk about Cerulean warbler conservation

Plase join us for the first monthly meeting of 2020 where Clay Delancey, a Research Coordinator at the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at UGA, will discuss conservation of Cerulean Warblers. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, January 9th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Please see below for details. 


ORAS December Meeting Features Talks by Students from UGA Lilly Branch Audubon Chapter

Student’s from the new Lilly Branch Audubon Society campus chapter will discuss the formation of the chapter at UGA and other topics in ornithology when the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society holds its next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, December 5th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center.


ORAS November meeting features talk by local historian about the Oconee War

Local historian, Steven Scurry will discuss Georgia’s first real-estate market, the 10 year war it triggered, and how all that changed the environmental face of the South at our next meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, November 7th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Please see below for details


ORAS September kick-off meeting will feature talk by ornithologist on how hurricanes affect Caribbean birds

The Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will hold its upcoming monthly meeting on Thursday, September 5th, at UGA's Odum School of Ecology's Auditorium. The meeting will start with a reception with light refreshments and silent auction fundraiser at 6:30pm. The featured speaker, Dr. Joe Wunderle, will begin his presentation at 7:00pm. See below for more information.