Creating a sanctuary
In 2017, in recognition of our coast’s global significance as critical wintering and foraging habitat, the Western Shorebird Reserve Network (WHSRN) designated the Georgia barrier islands as a Landscape of Hemispheric Importance for shorebirds! Notably, this made Georgia’s 100-mile coast the 100th WHSRN site and joining the Altamaha River Delta, which was dedicated as a site of regional importance in 1999.
One Hundred Miles led the nomination process along with our partners at the Georgia Shorebird Alliance. The designation brings increased awareness to our region, promotes our nature-based economy, and brings international funding opportunities for conservation and research to our coast.