December ORAS Meeting

The December Oconee Rivers Audubon Society meeting will occur on ,Thurs., Dec. 7 at 7:00 at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Hannah Wright, a PhD student at UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources, will speak about her research on Pinyon Jays, which are a charismatic declining species, in Utah and New Mexico.

Talking Trash: ORAS December meeting features talk by UGA researcher about plastic pollution

Please join us for our monthly meeting on Thursday, December 1st at 7pm at Sandy Creek Nature Center. The meeting will feature a talk by Taylor Maddalene of the UGA Circularity Informatics Lab. Please see details below. 



(Photos by: Taylor Maddalene)


ORAS November Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, November 3 at 7:00pm at Sandy Creek Nature Center in Athens for our next monthly meeting. Our featured speaker will be Daniel Crescenzo, who is the Stewardship Coordinator for the Oconee River Land Trust. He will be speaking about the role of conservation easements in protecting the Upper Oconee River Watershed. Hope to see you there!

ORAS September Kick-off Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, September 1st for our September kick-off meeting at UGA's Odum School of Ecology auditorium! The meeting will feature a talk by Dr. Richard Hall about the joys of backyard birding. Doors will be open at 6:30pm with the talk starting at 7pm. There will also be a silent auction along with light refreshments. We strongly encourage participants to wear masks at the event. Please see below for more details about the talk and the speaker.

(Photo credit: Richard Hall)


ORAS January Meeting will be held virtually

Due to the current surge in Covid cases in Athens and nationwide, Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will move its monthly meeting to Zoom. The meeting is on Thursday, January 6 at 7pm. During the meeting, Sara Watkins, a graduate student at UGA's Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources will be talking about research on the Wild Turkeys in Gerogia currently taking place. Aside from providing an overview of the project, she will delve into past and current research as well as recent advances such as using genomics to understand Wild Turkey social network, and exploring acoustic data using neural network approach.

ORAS resumes in-person monthly meetings at Sandy Creek Nature Center

Please join us for our monthly meeting in person on December 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at Sandy Creek Nature Center. Masks will be required for attendance. This month's speaker will be Dr. Charles van Rees, who will be talking about the conservation story of the ‘Alae ‘Ula (Hawaiian gallinule). Please see below more details.

Photo by: Lyle Rains. Licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

ACC Solid Waste Department hosts annual vulture festival

Please join us for the 2021 Vulture Festival on Saturday, October 9th 2021! The festival is hosted by Athens-Clarke County Solid Waste Department and will be held at the Athens-Clarke-County Landfill (map). The event features bird walks led by members of the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society, as well as educational activities, guided tours of the facilities at the landfill, live birds-of-prey demonstrations, and more! Please visit the event website for a detailed schedule: If you would like to volunteer for the event, please register here:

we hope to see you there!

Artwork designed by: David Hale


ORAS hosts fundraiser at Southern Brewing Company

We are excited to announce that the Oconee Rivers Audubon Society will be hosting a fundraiser from 5 p.m. - 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 16th at Southern Brewing Company (map) in Athens, GA. The event will feature live music and a percentage of the proceeds will go directly to Oconee Rivers Audubon Society. Tickets can be purchased on site or online ( Mention Oconee Rivers Audubon Society for a discounted ticket price ($5).