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.

ORAS April Meeting features talk by Director of Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative

Please join us for our monthly meeting where Lauren Muller from the Northeast Georgia Invasive Plant Cooperative will discuss her experience working with invasive plants and share tips on controlling invasive species in our community. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4th, at Sandy Creek Nature Center. See below for details.

Former recipient of ORAS grant will talk about turkey ecology at March meeting

Eastern wild turkeys (Meleagris gallopavo silvestris) are an important game species throughout their range. Recently, declines in productivity have been reported throughout the Southeast, which is believed to be related to reduced reproductive success via reductions in nest and brood success. These declines warrant research on aspects of female reproductive ecology, such as movement, survival, and habitat selection.