Thankful For New Eagle Scout
On Sunday, 1/25/15, Nancy Jones attended the Eagle Scout ceremony for Hughes Moffet from troop 370 at St.James Methodist Church. Hughes built a beautiful circular bench around our dogwood tree at the front of the building and a great picnic table on the grounds.
Nancy said, "The ceremony was very inspiring and extra sweet for me because I taught Hughes at Sarah Smith.".
Blue Heron Sighting in Atlanta
Guerry Redmond called Nancy Jones about this great blue that flew down to a yard in Ansley Park. She hadn't seen one so close in town and wanted to know if this was unusual. Nancy assured her it was not - that herons get around very nicely all over town, especially with water near by. She sent these gorgeous photos to share
High Honors For BHNP!
The Blue Heron Nature Preserve was honored Tuesday, 1/20/2015 and we were presented a plaque by the EPA for a grant awarded to us in 2013. Kevin did a great job presenting our project with a beautiful digital presentation! We are pictured with EPA staff and representatives from the Southern Company.
Brown-headed Nuthatches Need Your Help
Neighbor and Volunteer Tom Taylor has been maintaining our bluebird boxes. Some of them will be modified to accommodate the Brown-headed Nuthatch. AAS has listed these birds on the watch list for declining habitat due to climate change. [READ MORE]
Tom tells us:
"Brownies only lay one nest a year with 5 to 9 eggs. Brownies like pine forests. They like soft nests, so I put some Boy Scout fire starter pine straw in them. This pine straw is really soft, so it may be a good start for them. If Brownies take to the nest, they may use it year-round. We shall see what happens."
How can you get involved? Order a nest box through Atlanta Audubon - currently, they are taking orders for nest boxes. Simply contact Dottie Head at email@example.com with your name, email address, phone number, and number of boxes you are interested in purchasing. Boxes will be $35 each including educational information. Dottie will contact you as soon as the boxes become available on a first come, first served basis.
If you prefer a do-It-yourself solution, you can build your own using these plans from their website.
BHNP Featured on WABE 90.1FM
Listen to our own Nancy Jones on a descriptive walk through the Preserve. This aired at 9:30 am, Wednesday, January 14, 2015.
We received an email from Gary Suters last week during the bitterly cold weather we have had. She has seen a hummingbird at her feeder, when they should have migrated already. This occured last year as well. Here's her story:
"This year I have identified this Hummer: he is an immature male "Black Chinned". He was hard to identify, he has a black spot on the underside of his neck! Your e-mail which was sent to me said to call the Non-game Conservation Station (phone 476-994-1438), which I did. They, in turn, told me to call Terry Johnson (478-994-2568). Mr. Johnson is an expert on Hummingbirds. He is so nice and spent a long time talking about his "specialty". He is VERY knowledgeable about the subject!
Terry lives in Forsyth and gave me permission to give you his contact information. I think he would be a good person to call on if you ever had hummingbird questions (he said he bands the little birds). Here is the link to the conservation center and some of his own literature."
Some info. on wintering hummingbirds from the Georgia DNR website can be found HERE.
To report wintering hummingbird sightings in Georgia, please contact the Nongame Conservation Section office in Forsyth at (478) 994-1438 or write to: Wintering Hummingbirds, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame Conservation Section, 116 Rum Creek Drive, Forsyth, GA 31029.
"So far, sadly, I have not seen my Black Chinned. He was so healthy when I saw him last, he really drank a lot of sugar water so maybe he is OK and I have just missed seeing him. I will let you know if I see him again.
Note the immature black chinned hummer with dark spot on neck. Mr Johnson said the Black chinned's wings are longer than other hummer's wings and indeed, from the picture, they ARE very long!"
Citizen scientists needed! Biologist Chris Mowry has been studying coyotes in Georgia and Yellowstone National Park for the past 10 years. Attend his lecture to discover how you can help his team research metro-Atlanta coyote populations. 'Like' the Atlanta Coyote Project on Facebook to learn more!
Mail a completed registration form with your check to BHNP.
Human-Coyote Interaction Survey Needs Your Help
The 'Atlanta Coyote Project' has released their 2014 Human-Coyote Interactions Survey. If you are interested, please Like and/or Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atlantacoyoteproject, share it with your friends and encourage them to also complete the survey. A link to the survey can be found on our Facebook page, where we will soon begin to post further information about our participation in this study.
Please help Atlanta Coyote Project to use social media to gather further data.