BHNP featured on 90.1 WABE

Do you love 90.1 WABE as much as we do?! Check out our feature about the beavers who live here at Emma Wetlands! Thanks to Elizabeth Sudduth who teaches her students at the Preserve for giving information to Molly Samuel, a renowned writer for WABE. We are so thrilled about having such a significant part of the Preserve covered on such a wonderful and engaging radio program of Atlanta! Check the article here for more information. πŸ’šπŸŒ³πŸŒΎπŸž

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Hands On Atlanta & Skyland Trail Workday

Blue Heron would like to thank Hands On Atlanta and Skyland Trail for providing energetic and enthusiastic volunteers on Saturday, August 5th. By participating in trash pickup and invasive species removal, we were able to clear our Emma Wetlands property of materials that prevent our native plants and animals from thriving. If you're interested in helping preserve the wilderness of the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, please contact Brooke at brookev@bhnp.org. or visit our website at bhnp.org to learn more.

Buckhead Coalition Donation for Blueway Trails

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Blue Heron was recently honored by the Buckhead Coalition with a $15,000 donation towards the first phase of the Blueway Trail Initiative.  Former Mayor Sam Massell was there to make the presentation. The Buckhead Coalition recognized us along with other parks and green-space organizations in Buckhead as part of National Parks and Recreation month.  Funds were provided through a donation from the Bank of the South Foundation.   We can't thank the Buckhead Coalition enough for their tireless commitment to the community and for their generous support as we begin our efforts this fall with a capital campaign to raise over $500,000 for the soft trail system.  Stay tuned for more information about the Blueway Trails. Read our Press Release here.

Doggie Daze at BHNP

Doggie Daze was an adorable day to say the least! We thank all organizations who made it out to collaborate and spread awareness about ways to better the lives of man's best friend. Check out these wonderful pictures photographer Michael Thomas took.
A special thanks to:
Ahimsa House
CityDog Market
Lifeline Animal Project
BarkTown Dog Rescue
Best Friends Atlanta
Buttermilk Kitchen

Visitor's got to dress their dogs up for photos, enter a raffle for an awesome gift basket provided by CityDog Market, go on a guided tour of the preserve, and then get a free dog wash! We hope everyone who came enjoyed and made new furry friends. We can't wait to see you all again and many more pups next year! πŸΆπŸ©πŸŒ³β˜€οΈπŸ’™πŸ˜Š

New Wildlife Blind

Next time you're at the preserve, make your way over to our new Wildlife Blind! Thanks to our powerhouse of a project manager, Brooke, and a few of our trusty volunteers, Will, Sam, and Rosco, we now have a blind made of cedar instead of bamboo. This reconstruction took place through rough storms and heat, so we appreciate all of the hard work and effort put into this beautiful development. Here are some photos of the work in progress as well as the final product!

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Doggie Daze at Blue Heron

Dogs and dog owners! Blue Heron Nature Preserve is hosting its third annual Doggie Daze event on July 15th, 2017 at 9am-11am. Buckhead and surrounding-area residents are invited to the Preserve for this free event to meet new friends, enjoy fun activities, and appreciate the outdoors. Nature tours and creek walks will be lead by Blue Heron guides for those who are happy to get their paws dirty 🐾 Doggie art & apparel will be available to make something special for their furry friends. Local pet-oriented businesses will be in the parking lot greeting furry & non-furry visitors, and local restaurant Buttermilk Kitchen is supplying a light breakfast as well. Most important of all, there will be several pets up for adoption or fostering, so consider stopping by if you'd like to care for a new cute companion. πŸΆπŸŒ€

Treat the Park as your Heart!

Generally it's advised to treat your heart as healthy as possible. This should be a no-brainer. Unfortunately, some pedestrians don't see this as necessary for Mother Earth's heart that is nature! It's alive and well until we harm it.

This past weekend, our Projects & Operations Manager Brooke Vacovsky, went out to the sandbar on Nancy Creek with a few of our great volunteers. Sadly, they found plenty of bottles, styrofoam, and more that polluted the area. They picked up an entire large trash bag full of litter and cleaned Nancy Creek's lovely sandbar. It's so important to remember not to litter so that trash doesn't clog and pollute waterways and end up in natural habitats of animals who are harmed internally or externally by toxic garbage. Here is a list of ways in which plastic pollution harms native animals. 

Here is an Atlanta Community website where you can learn more about Georgia's pollution laws and how you can help the problem. Here is a petition you can sign to increase recycling in Georgia.

First Completed Eagle Merit Badge Workshop at Blue Heron

This is Ethan Fisher. He is the first Eagle candidate to complete all of the requirements necessary for an Eagle Scout Merit Badge at Blue Heron Nature Preserve. Ethan joyfully turned in his independent work, a month-long bird study and a plant-leaf identification collection, on May 25th.

Ethan enjoys birding, and already had a bird feeding station in his backyard, so the bird study came naturally to him. For the plant leaf identification, Ethan returned to The Preserve after our Nature Merit Badge Workshop and made his collection from the plants in our Workshop and ones he researched on his own. He shared with us that he also snacked on the plants that he learned were edible while he was doing his work. Congratulations Ethan; You are so bright!

Community Garden Tour 2017

We want to thank Park Pride for selecting the garden at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve as one of their stops on the community garden tour that happened on May 20th. The gardens involved were the Marian Road Senior High Rise Community Garden; Chastain Park Conservancy's Farm / Chastain Urban Teaching Garden; and the Smith Family Farm Gardens at the Atlanta History Center. There was a great turnout of gardeners, interested neighbors, and knowledgeable community members to visit the different sites and discuss why community gardens are so important to a city, especially Atlanta. Visit their Flickr for beautiful photos of the event. πŸ’πŸŒ±πŸŒΏ