Annual Memberships:Behind every name is a story rich in meaning.
Spartina Society – $1,000 or more per year | Smooth Cordgrass, Spartina alterniflora
Spartina is a marsh grass found along our coastal Georgia. It was admired by the Greeks for its strength and is derived from the Greek spartine, meaning “cord.” An ancient name that flowed through history, Spartina is still called “cordgrass” today.
Like the marsh grass that provides support for the base of our primary dunes and salt marsh, your membership in the Spartina Society forms the base of our mission at One Hundred Miles.
Right Whale – $750 | North Atlantic Right Whale, Eubalaena glacialis
The right whale is a docile and slow surface skimmer that swims in Georgia’s Atlantic waters. With only about 400-450 individuals left in the wild, it is one of the most endangered whale species on the planet. Their name, unfortunately, holds one of the causes behind their early decline—whalers considered them the “right” whale to hunt. Today, right whales face threats from ship strikes and entanglements.
Your contribution at the Right Whale level gives new meaning to the name of these docile giants as the “right” whale to protect.
Loggerhead – $500 | Loggerhead Sea Turtle, Caretta caretta
Female loggerheads appear on Georgia’s coast to lay their nests in the sand beginning in May. These beautiful creatures roam through the vast oceans of our planet.
Like the wandering turtle, your loggerhead membership helps us keep Georgia’s beaches and our vast interconnected ecosystems healthy.
Oystercatcher – $250 | American Oystercatcher, Haematopus palliates
True to its name, the oystercatcher feeds on oysters, clams, and mussels. During the breeding season, adults make several nests and line each with shells and pebbles before deciding on just the right nest. They are shy birds and vulnerable to human disturbance and the development of their beach habitats.
Your oystercatcher membership helps us ensure these colorful birds have the protected habitat they need to build the perfect nest for their young.
Indigo – $100 | Eastern Indigo Snake, Drymarchon couperi
A docile snake, the indigo is the longest native snake species in the United States. It travels through the forest depending on the season, which explains the origin of its Greek name, “lord of the forest.” Given its docile nature, it will often cohabitate in dens with gopher tortoises. But the indigo is a threatened species in Georgia. Loss of habitat, the illegal pet trade, and human hunting have reduced their numbers across the state.
Your indigo membership helps protect this iridescent lord of the forest.
Sturgeon – $50 | Atlantic Sturgeon, Acipenser oxyrhynchus
One of the oldest fish species in the world, the Atlantic sturgeon has five rows of bony plates known as scutes and may very well look the same today as it did during the age of dinosaurs. When settlers first came to North America, sturgeon were in abundance, but overfishing and water pollution have made sturgeon threatened, endangered, and even locally extinct in many of its previous habitats.
Like the armor-plated sturgeon, your contribution preserves our planet’s natural and ancient wonders.
Horseshoe Crab – $25 | Atlantic Horseshoe Crab, (Limulus polyphemus)
This “living fossil” is one of Earth’s oldest species – even older than dinosaurs. Its aesthetic forms are almost identical to the species that roamed our oceans over 230 million years ago. Despite their common name, horseshoe crabs are not crabs but are more closely related to arachnids like spiders, scorpions, ticks and mites. During the spring and summer, adult horseshoe crabs migrate in large numbers towards sandy beaches and congregate in the shallow water to breed. Their eggs provide a valuable source of food for many species including our coast’s threatened sandpiper, the Red Knot.
Your horseshoe crab membership helps protect these ancient ‘spiders of the sea’ and in turn, other animals who depend on their existence for survival.