Wildlife:Together, we can ensure healthy populations of coastal Georgia's signature species.
Action Alert: Tell Jekyll Island to protect Georgia’s sea turtles!
Jekyll Island has a lighting ordinance that works – and it’s one they should be proud of. Unfortunately, the Jekyll Island Authority (JIA) recently proposed changes that would weaken its ordinance and result in more light on their beach. Artificial lighting can prevent sea turtles from nesting and misorient hatchlings.
Read our open letter to the JIA about their proposed changes.
It’s critical that the JIA know that our community is watching and that we won’t stand for changes that disregard GADNR’s recommendations and jeopardize sea turtle conservation efforts.
YOU CAN HELP: Use our template to email JIA staff today. Copy and paste the email addresses and text (make sure to sign your name and personalize by sharing why sea turtles matter to you!) And stay tuned for additional ways to help as this process unfolds.
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.
Georgia Barrier Islands – A Landscape of Hemispheric Importance for Shorebird!
The Georgia coast is connected to over 100 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 support hundreds of thousands of shorebirds every year and has been designated the 100th site of hemispheric importance for our feathered friends. Read more about the significance of our coast for shorebirds and how you can help protect them.
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.