Camp Talon

Do you know a teenager interested in birding and/or wildlife? Did you know there is a summer program on the Georgia coast designed just them? Camp T.A.L.O.N. is a 5 day summer camp program on St. Simon's Island sponsored by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, the Georgia Ornithological Society, and Atlanta Audubon. The camp is relatively inexpensive ($300 for lodging, meals, and bus to St. Simon's Island from Macon) and scholarships are available. Read more about it here. Deadline for early registration is May 1.

Great Backyard Bird Count Feb. 14-17

The Great Backyard Bird Count is next weekend February 14-17! Anyone can participate as long as they count birds for at least 15 minutes and report their results here. This is a great way to get involved with citizen science and contribute to growing database of bird observations documenting changes in urban bird communities across North America. Don't want to count in your backyard? Head on over to Sandy Creek Nature Center and join their count. They will have binoculars and field guides available for anyone to use. Read more about the count at Sandy Creek Nature Center here.

Georgia Christmas Bird Count Circles For Your Smartphone

Wondering if you are still in the count circle or poaching on your neighbor's section? Point your phone here: to access all the Christmas Bird Count circles in Georgia. Steve Holzman created this using the ArcGIS online mapping tool. You can access the map using your phone's browser, but download the iOS app or the Android App for increased functionality including full use of location services so you know where you are within the count circle at all times.

Next meeting Thursday Nov. 7: "Bombs, Burning, and Bachman's Sparrows"

Our next meeting is Thursday, November 7, at 7 p.m. at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Clark Jones (ORAS president and postdoctoral researcher with the National Park Service and the University of Georgia) will give a presentation about the role of the Department of Defense in the conservation of southern pine savannas. Additionally, we will be signing folks up for the Christmas Bird Count (which will take place December 14). Hope to see you there!

Christmas Bird Count

Hey Everyone! Don't forget to take part in a fun and important tradition on Saturday, December the 14th!

The Christmas Bird Count is a long running example of citizens helping the scientific community and bird conservation efforts. Volunteers will take part in a count of birds in the region, this data will then be compiled with data from volunteer counts conducted across America in order to assess the health of bird populations. This info will be used to learn what species populations are growing, shrinking, or otherwise changing. All volunteers are welcome (regardless of skill level), and helping means contributing to a nationwide effort to conserve our birds!


For more information, including how to sign-up, where to go, and how to help out, Please contact Mary Case ( or Eugenia Thompson (


Hope to see you there!

Reminder: Potluck and Speaker at Sandy Creek Nature Center

Just a friendly reminder about the upcoming potluck and speaker on Thursday, Oct. 3 at the ENSAT building at Sandy Creek Nature Center!

The ORAS will be hosting a potluck at 6 PM, and Abby Sterling, a UGA shorbird researcher, will be giving a talk  at 7 PM about Nesting American Oystercatchers and Wilson's Plovers on the Georgia Coast!

Hope to see you all there!