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documentary filmmaker , consultant , naturalist

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.


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, Wilderness Southeast, Inc., 1982-1984;head resource naturalist and field leader, Wilderness Southeast, Inc., 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.

SupervisorLoggerhead Sea Turtle Hatchery, Little Cumberland Island-Jekyll Island, Georgia, 1990. Adjunct Professor Georgia Southern U., 1986, 87.


  • Other Work

    • 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 of directors Wilderness Southeast, Inc., since 1987, president of the 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.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: sea kayaking, sailing, boating, hiking, camping.


Married John Anthony Crawford, May 12, 1976 (divorced June 1989). Married Christopher Ray Morris, January 23, 1998.

Joseph Sakas

Katherine (West) Sakas

John Anthony Crawford

Christopher Ray Morris