A group of marine science interns with Savannah State University and the University of Georgia were recently the special guests of a paddle trip down the Ogeechee River with Ogeechee Riverkeeper Outreach and Water Quality Specialist Luke Roberson.
Joining the interns were Checo Colon-Guad, Ray Chandler, both professors at Georgia Southern University, and two members of the Orianne Society on this 7-mile trip from Scarboro Landing to Rocky Ford.
Colon-Guad, an Ogeechee Riverkeeper supporter, is currently an associate professor at Georgia Southern University teaching environmental biology, ecology and graduate research methods. Chandler – who is also currently a professor at Georgia Southern University teaching evolution and ecology, ornithology, wildlife management, conservation biology, and biometry – is an ornithologist whose studies include the effects of forest management on habitat selection, morphological and behavioral strategies associated with migration, and conservation of rare species.
The Orianne Society works to conserve critical ecosystems for imperiled reptiles and amphibians using science, applied conservation and education. Reptiles and amphibians are an integral part of keeping ecosystems functioning but are often overlooked and not given the same level of attention as other animals and creatures.
“This paddle trip allowed us with a great opportunity to discuss the history of the river, the creatures that live in it, and the connection of the river to its residents as well as upstream and downstream to the ocean,” said Roberson. “Having this conversation while being immersed in the Ogeechee, literally and mentally, makes a real impact that will last for years to come.”
For more information about this organization, please visit www.ogeecheeriverkeeper.org.