Wildlife:Together, we can ensure healthy populations of coastal Georgia's signature species.
One Hundred Miles connects the scientific community with decision makers to secure healthy populations of coastal Georgia’s signature wildlife species.
What’s at Stake
The Georgia coast is home to some of the most diverse and species-rich ecosystems on the planet. Our extensive dune systems, maritime forests, major riverine systems, and other coastal habitats support 71 high priority animal species and 91 high priority plant species.
From the critically endangered North Atlantic right whales that migrate to Georgia’s offshore calving grounds each December, to the nesting loggerhead sea turtles that visit our barrier islands to lay their eggs every summer, our coast’s integral species have the potential to engage and inspire a new generation of coastal stewards.
What We’re Doing
Interest in these integral species and other wildlife has fueled a culture of conservation along the Georgia coast. One Hundred Miles celebrates these ongoing efforts by highlighting examples of ground-breaking scientific research, wildlife education programs that inspire the next generation of environmental stewards, and effective policies that benefit wildlife. At the same time, we provide opportunities for residents and friends of the Georgia coast to take action in support of our protected species.
WSHRN Designation – We are thrilled to announce that the Western Shorebird Reserve Network has designated the Georgia barrier islands as a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance for shorebirds!
This prestigious designation connects our coast with 99 other sites in 14 countries and countless landowners and stewards committed to conserving shorebirds and their habitats. The barrier islands of Georgia’s 100-mile coast have now become the 100th WHSRN site. Read more about our work to recognize Georgia’s coast as a shorebird sanctuary.
Seismic Testing & Offshore Drilling – Our coast has braced for change as the Trump administration reopened the Atlantic and Arctic oceans for offshore drilling and exploration. The message this sends is that our coast and the programs it provides for jobs and our livelihood are not valued. One Hundred Miles engaged in this two-year campaign so we could be a voice for the coast. Learn more about our continued efforts to stop offshore exploration across our coast.
Reusable Totes for the Coast – In response to the growing problem of plastics on our coast, coastal Georgia community members have partnered with One Hundred Miles to help local businesses reduce their dependence on single-use plastics. By taking a simple pledge to offer reusable bags, local business leaders are protecting coastal Georgia’s water, wildlife, and landscapes.
Proposed Sea Island Groin – Sea Island Acquisition, LLC has applied for a Shore Protection Act Permit and a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Section 10/404 Permit for activities on the Sea Island Spit that will disrupt important sea turtle and shorebird habitat and have the potential to increase erosion in Gould’s Inlet and on St. Simons Island’s East Beach.
One Hundred Miles opposes this permit application and is working to engage local citizens to speak out against it. We are concerned that the proposed groin and beach renourishment will negatively impact threatened and endangered sea turtles on the south end of Sea Island. Additionally, the project stands to increase erosion on St. Simons’ East Beach and will set a dangerous precedent for our entire coast.