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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
We are thrilled to announce we've been awarded a $25,000.00 Community Building Grant from Park Pride and The Home Depot Foundation! The grant will be used to install an ADA compliant ramp at the Blue Heron building entrance. Currently there is no handicap access.
In addition, the grant will help fund installation of new entrance, information and trail wayfaring signs throughout the Preserve using the recently approved City sign design standard (see sample below).
We are very grateful to our longtime partner Park Pride for their support as we strive to make Blue Heron available and accessible to everyone. Park Pride is Atlanta's premier park advocacy organization, who has been a big supporter of all our neighborhood parks. We are excited to be working with them again.
There will be volunteer opportunities in 2015 to help with the prep and construction work as well as with the signage installation. Stay tuned for future announcements for volunteer events.
Community Foundation "Grants to Green Assessment" Grant Awarded
Thanks to our friends at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Southface Institute, we have been selected to participate in their "Grants to Green Assessment" program. The purpose is to identify opportunities for making our headquarters building more energy efficient. Once the assessment is complete we will be eligible to apply for implementation funding to make the improvements. Since we are responsible for all our utility expenses along with our non-profit tenants, Atlanta Audubon Society and Little Da Vinci International School, the money we save can be redirected to help fund our programming. We appreciate this opportunity to work with the Community Foundation and Southface, who are playing such a critical role in the Atlanta community.