We’re happy to announce a new addition to the Sapelo Island Reserve team: Mackenzie Maxwell, the new Volunteer Coordinator. She brings a good mix of customer service and nonprofit experience to her role.
Talk NERRdy to Me is a monthly column about leaders and luminaries from across our 29—soon to be 30—Reserves. This month, NERRA’s correspondent-at-large Nik Charov interviewed Adam MacKinnon, education coordinator at Georgia’s Sapelo Island Reserve. They talked shipwrecks, disentangling whales, and 4,500 years of Sapelo Island history.
Sapelo Island Reserve partnered up with the University of Georgia Marine Institute, the University of Georgia Marine Extension & Georgia Sea Grant, the University of Georgia School of Forestry & Natural Resources, and the College of Coastal Georgia to create the Estuarine Fish Monitoring Cooperative (EFMC) to track the extent, diversity, health, and abundance of key fisheries in Georgia.
The Friends of Sapelo Island Reserve in Georgia held a small ceremony dedicating a restored beach pavilion to two friends to the Reserve, Linda and J.D. Daniels, celebrating their 20 years of service.
Sapelo Island education coordinator Adam Mackinnon aided efforts to save a pod of 34 pilot whales which had stranded themselves near the Reserve.
For generations, the live oaks of Sapelo Island have provided cooling shade for residents, including the descendants of 400 enslaved West African people who overcame tremendous hardship to form a culture that thrives today…