Weekend
for Wildlife

2017 Weekend for Wildife Logo

Weekend for Wildlife is a one-of-a-kind getaway to one of the most prestigious of Georgia’s coastal resorts. As guests of this magnificent two-day event, you will have the opportunity to participate in unique excursions led by field experts, as well as an exciting banquet and verbal auction featuring original artwork and exclusive treasures. As you bask in the luxurious comforts of Sea Island’s amenities, you will—most importantly—serve as VIPs to conservation of Georgia’s natural resources.

Theme 2017

The fiddler crab and the whimbrel.

One scuttles in sand and mud. The other can fly more than 4,000 miles non-stop.

But the two are connected. Whimbrels visit Georgia’s coast each spring to binge on fiddlers. The crabs are critical fuel for whimbrels’ migration from South America to breeding grounds in the Arctic.

Without these small crabs, these large shorebirds with long, drooping bills would be further at risk for their annual roundtrip between the continents. Whimbrels need fiddlers.

But that crucial connection is just one of many in the web of life that is the Georgia coast.

This region of beauty, history and natural wonders is a rich mosaic of estuaries, marshes, islands and cultures. Here, wildlife, habitats and people have mixed for ages, just as the rivers mix with the sea.

In coastal Georgia, understanding the connections critical to conserving this unique environment for current and future generations is not only necessary, at DNR, it is part of our statewide mission.

As a part of Weekend for Wildlife, you are connected to that mission.

For Example, the Nongame Conservation Section of DNR has:

  • Helped track whimbrels and other shorebirds across the hemisphere to probe the natural resources they need to survive.
  • Documented important coastal habitats and worked with partners to conserve them, such as 4,000-acre Altama Plantation Wildlife Management Area acquired last year near Brunswick.
  • Led a Georgia Sea Turtle Cooperative that is charting the comeback of loggerhead sea turtles, with the 3,200 nests laid on our beaches last summer far surpassing a recovery goal of 2,800.

Your participation in this exclusive event makes this work possible. The Nongame Conservation Section depends primarily on contributions to conserve rare and other nongame wildlife, native plants and natural habitats. And Weekend for Wildlife is our leading fundraiser.

Which is another coastal connection that’s worth knowing, and exploring.

Overview

Join the Governor, First Lady and DNR Commissioner Mark Williams for the 29th annual Weekend for Wildlife, Jan. 27-28 at the Cloister Resort, Sea Island.

Visit wild coastal places on trips led by experts. Enjoy a Friday night cocktail reception and silent auction rich in getaways, artwork and wildlife memorabilia. Revel in Saturday night’s exciting banquet and verbal auction.

Weekend for Wildlife is one of the nation’s most successful conservation events, raising more than $10 million since 2001 to conserve Georgia's nongame—native wildlife not legally fished for or hunted.

The 2017 Weekend will continue to provide valuable support for the DNR Wildlife Resources Division’s Nongame Conservation Section, which depends largely on fundraisers, grants and direct contributions for its vital mission: conserving nongame. These animals and plants include hundreds of special-concern species from whimbrels to whorled sunflowers. Nongame—and the habitats they depend on—enrich our lives, our economy and our future.

Through the Georgia Natural Resources Foundation, Weekend for Wildlife will also strengthen the broad mission of DNR, to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations.

Registration

Event Brochure

This year's event brochure can be downloaded at the link below.

Brochure

General Registration

Information about the trips offered at this year's event will be available soon, so stay tuned! Registration opens to the public November 2.

Corporate Registration

Sponsorship of Weekend for Wildlife brings a variety of special benefits, including early event registration beginning October 17, 2016. Sponsorship levels begin at $5,000 for individuals and $10,000 for businesses.

The table below outlines the benefits of each level.

Signature
Gold
Silver
Bronze
Individual
Event Benefits
6 4 2 2 2 Complimentary Registrations to Weekend for Wildlife
6 4 2 2 2 Invitations to the Friday Sponsor Reception with the Governor
3 2 1 Room(s) at The Cloister for Friday and Saturday nights
4 2 Invitations to the Governor’s Excursion on Saturday
2 Seats at the Governor’s table during Saturday Night
Recognition in the Weekend for Wildlife Program
Recognition on the Weekend for Wildlife Website
Use of the Wildlife Conservation Fund Logo on publications †‡
Full
Page
½
Page
¼
Page
Advertisement in the Weekend for Wildlife Program
Logo featured on the Weekend for Wildlife Website
Benefit is included
Through August 2017
As approved by DNR

Corporate Sponsors may pledge using the link below or contact Robin Hill (706.557.3325) for sponsorship related inquiries. We will contact you shortly after receipt of your pledge to confirm arrangements.

Pledge Form

Contact

Georgia Department of Natural Resources
2067 US Highway 278 SE, Social Circle, GA 30025
706.557.3325
robin.hill@dnr.ga.gov

Thank You!

Your contributions support:

Georgia Natural Resources Foundation Logo Georgia Department of Natural Resources: Wildlife Resources Division Logo The Environmental Resources Network Logo