American Oystercatcher Working Group

2017 Meeting of the American Oystercatcher Working Group

The American Oystercatcher Working Group held its 17th annual meeting on Sapelo Island, Georgia! This large barrier island is located mid-way between Savannah GA and Jacksonville FL with a rich history, boasting the extant Geechee community of Hog Hammock, and the historic Reynolds Mansion operated by Georgia State Parks. In addition to learning about new oystercatcher research, the working group enjoyed a traditional low country boil dinner, bonfire on the beach, bird watching in the Altmaha Sound, and tour of the eccentric Reynolds mansion. Abby Sterling also led us on a late night search for the infamous Chacalacas. We never did find any (they’re not nocturnal), but we had a good time in any event and heard some other curious evening sounds…

Thank you to Tim Keyes and his crew for a fantastic meeting!

A more detailed account of the meeting from one of our top American Oystercatcher band reporters, Diana Churchill, can be found here.




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