• PRESS RELEASE: ORK announces the winners of the annual photography contest
    Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) has chosen the best photographs from across the 5,500 square mile watershed submitted for the annual photography contest. This year, guest judge and photographer Parker Stewart led the selection process.
  • PRESS RELEASE: Hancock County adopts ordinances to protect Ogeechee River, residents
    ORK and Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC) worked with local citizens and municipal officials to draft updated ordinance amendments for Hancock County.
  • Plastic-free Holiday
    This holiday season, we challenge you to think "plastic-free." Get some ideas on how to reduce or completely remove plastic from the holiday gifts you give.
  • PRESS RELEASE: ORK to hold panel discussion on plastic pollution
    Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, December 2, 2021 at 6 p.m. It will be held virtually and is open to all. Registration is required. The meeting will begin with organization updates before launching into a panel discussion on plastic use and pollution.
  • Thankful for Nature
    Share what things in nature you are thankful for with us during the month of November
    Ogeechee Riverkeeper (ORK) is soliciting the best photographs of the year 2021 from across the 5,500 square mile watershed. Judges will be looking for images that highlight what makes the Ogeechee and Canoochee Rivers, and the surrounding areas, remarkable.
  • Fauna: Perimyotis subflavus
    Tricolored bats are very small, weighing about the same as a U.S. quarter, though its wingspan can reach up to 10 inches across. Their fur is a mix of black, brown, and light brown, giving them their name.
  • Fauna: Acipenser brevirostrum
    The shortnose sturgeon is a hefty freshwater fish that can be nearly five feet long, weigh upwards of 60 pounds. Their trademark ridged back is formed by bony plates called ‘scutes,’ giving them the appearance of armor.
  • Clean Halloween
    During the month of October, you are challenged to add a different kind of trick-or-treating to your routine. Put together a team of no more than 10 people and compete to collect the most trash by October 31!
  • Fauna: Pandion haliaetus
    This large bird of prey can often be spotted in the Ogeechee watershed as they feed almost exclusively on live fish. They often built sturdy nests on tall structures like telephone poles and channel markers, as well as trees overlooking waterways.
  • Forest Ecology
    Go outside and find a tree in your backyard, school playground, community park, etc. Once you pick your tree, look at the different characteristics and identify your tree. Write down as many details about your tree’s habitat as you can.
  • Kiss The Ground: Free Educational Version
    Teachers and educators can watch a free 45-minute-long Educational Version of the Kiss the Ground movie. 
  • Fauna: Strix varia
    The barred owl is one of the most prominent bird figures in the Southeastern United States. With a rather sedentary lifestyle, this bird hunts, fishes, and lives year-round in the Ogeechee River Basin.
  • Water Conservation
    Fresh water is a finite resource. In addition to keeping our waterways clean, we also try to reduce water usage in general. Companies, businesses, and municipalities all have a responsibility to minimize their water consumption, but there are also a number of ways someone can conserve water in everyday ways. 
  • Fauna: Moxostoma robustum
    Once thought to be extinct, the Robust redhorse has been rediscovered in a few waterways, including the Ogeechee River. Missing from the scientific record for 122 years, it was conclusively identified again in 1991.