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 – One Hundred Miles is proud to be a member of the Georgia Shorebird Alliance, a partnership between governments, researchers, NGO, and private citizens committed to advancing shorebird and seabird conservation. The Shorebird Alliance is nominating Georgia’s barrier islands and marshlands to be designated a Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) “landscape of hemispheric importance for shorebirds.” Our role is to coordinate the outreach around this important effort to bring attention to the significance of the Georgia coast as critical wintering and foraging habitat for migrating shorebirds. This designation would bring increased awareness to our region, promote our nature based economy and also bring international funding opportunities for conservation and research to our coast.
Offshore Drilling – In November 2016, the federal government released a final 5-year plan for the US offshore oil and gas development. Thanks to the amazing efforts of our ocean advocates, the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean were excluded from the plan!
Following a March 2016 victory for the Southeast U.S., in November 2016, the federal government released a final 5-year plan offshore energy plan that excluded both the Atlantic Ocean and the Arctic Ocean from the potential for oil and gas drilling.
We are proud of our collaborative victory against Offshore Drilling off the Southeastern coast; however, we must remain ever vigilant as seismic testing is still a threat to our coast.
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.