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!

Researcher to Address Audubon on Beach-Nesting Shorebirds

Hey guys! Come see a great speaker and take part in a potluck dinner on October 3rd!

The University of Georgia shorebird researcher Abby Sterling will present “Life Above the Wrack Line: Nesting American Oystercatchers & Wilson’s Plovers on the Georgia Coast” at the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society’s next meeting, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct., 3, in the ENSAT Building at Sandy Creek Nature Center.

Sterling, a master’s candidate in UGA’s Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will provide some background biology and explain some of the conservation issues that nesting shorebirds face on three relatively undeveloped barrier islands. In her research, Sterling is exploring whether there are common factors that could be used to predict nesting success for these birds and ultimately help guide management of beaches.

The Audubon chapter will host a potluck covered-dish dinner before the meeting, starting at 6 p.m. 


"How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World"

Hey everyone!

We've got another great opportunity for you! Nobel laureate Peter C. Doherty is coming to Athens to provide a lecture on "How Birds Foretell Threats to Our Health and Our World". Sounds like it's going to be an interesting and informative speech! Come out and see him Sept. 10 at 3pm in room H237 of the College of Veterinary Medicine on the UGA campus!