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Cathy Jo Sakas

Cathy Jo Sakas, American naturalist, consultant, documentary filmmaker. Recipient Special Conservation Achievement award Georgia Wildlife Federation, 1995.


  • Sakas, Cathy Jo was born on February 4, 1951 in Portsmouth, Virginia, United States. Daughter of Joseph and Katherine (West) Sakas.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science in Biology, Armstrong State College, 1976. Master of Education in Science, Armstrong State College, 1989.


    • Food manager and naturalist field leader Wilderness Southeast, Inc., St. Simons Island, Georgia, 1976-1979, program director and naturalist field leader, 1982-1984, head resource naturalist and field leader, since 1989. Guest manager and interpretive naturalist Little St. Simons Island (Georgia), Inc., 1979-1982. Environmental educator and animal caretaker Outland Island Education Center, Savannah, 1984-1988.

      Owner and president Coastal Naturalist, Inc., Tybee Island, Georgia, since 1989. Vice president and chief interpretive naturalist Spartina Trails, Inc., Savannah, 1992-1994. Curator of natural history Museum of Hilton Head Island, South Carolina, 1993-1996.

      Survey coordinator New England Aquarium, Savannah, 1993-1994, Atlanta Committee for Olympic Games, 1996. Consultant Coastwise Consulting, since 1996. Supervisor Loggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchery, Little Cumberland Island-Jekyll Island, Georgia, 1990.

      Adjunct professor Georgia Southern University, 1986, 87.


    • Originator, writer, host natural history documentary series The Coastal Naturalist, 1990, 1994 (Emmy award 1995), children's video Acorns, Oaks and Trees that Talk, 1984. Author high school curriculum Environmental Science, 1986.


    Board directors Wilderness Southeast, Inc., since 1987, president board directors 1984-1989, 93-95. Active Coastal Citizens for Clean Environment, Savannah, 1984-1989. Member Union Concerned Scientists, Sierra Club, Audobon Society, The Nature Conservancy, The Georgia Conservancy, Museum of Hilton Head Island.



    Sea kayaking, sailing, boating, hiking, camping.


    • Married John Anthony Crawford, May 12, 1976 (divorced June 1989). Married Christopher Ray Morris, January 23, 1998.
    • father: Joseph Sakas
    • mother: Katherine (West) Sakas
    • spouses: John Anthony Crawford
    • Christopher Ray Morris
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    Born February 4, 1951
    (age 66)
    • 1976
      Armstrong State College
    • 1989
      Armstrong State College
    • 1976 - 1979
      Food manager, and naturalist field leader Wilderness Southeast
    • 1979 - 1982
      guest manager, and interpretive naturalist Little St. Simons Island (Georgia)
    • 1984 - 1988
      environmental educator, and animal caretaker Outland Island Education Center
      Savannah, Georgia, United States
    • 1989
      owner and president, Coastal Naturalist
      Tybee Island, Georgia, United States
    • 1992 - 1994
      vice president, and chief interpretive naturalist Spartina Trails
      Savannah, Georgia, United States
    • 1993 - 1996
      curator of natural history Museum of Hilton Head, Island
      South Carolina, United States
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