American Avocets by David Cree

American Avocets

photo by David Cree

Protecting birds and the habitats that sustain them through education, conservation and advocacy

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Geology and Natural Communities of Atlanta's Rocky Places: Arabia, Panola, and Stone Mountains

April 18, 2015

10:00 AM--Slide talk and book signing at Stonecrest Library

11:30 AM--Guided hike for Group 1 (registration required)

1:30 PM--Guided hike for Group 2 (registration required)

 

Geologist Dr. Bill Witherspoon, co-author of Roadside Geology of Georgia (Mountain Press Publishing) and biogeographer Dr. Leslie Edwards, co-author of Natural Communities of Georgia (University of Georgia Press), will team up  to reveal the natural history of some popular rocky areas near Atlanta with a slide talk, "Geology and Natural Communities of Atlanta's Rocky Places: Araibia, Panola, and Stone Mountains."  The program will be followed by a book signing and a guided hike on Arabia Mountain.  The mountain walk will include a look at the geology of Arabia Mountain as well as the unique plant communities that live there, like black-spored quillwort and snorkelwort and endangered aquatic plants. Diamorpha, the beautiful red-leafed succulent for which Arabia Mountain is hailed in spring, should be in full bloom at this time, along with many other wildflowers such as wooly ragwort and sandworts.  

 

This free event, sponsored by Atlanta Audubon Society, Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance, and Stonecrest Library will begin with a talk and book signing at 10:00 AM at Stonecrest Library, located at 3123 Klondike Road, Lithonia.  To limit the impact on the fragile environment of the mountain, the walks will be limited to 30 participants and will be offered at two different times. Group 1 will walk on Arabia Mountain from about 11:30 AM until 1:00 PM.  Group 2 can enjoy an optional guided birdwalk wtih Atlanta Audubon Society and Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area staff at Vaughters' Farm Meadow Loop Trail before walking on the mountain from 1:30 PM till 3:00 PM.

 

Registration for Group 1

Registration for Group 2 


 

April Member Meeting - Featuring AAS Members' Special Birding Experiences

Sunday, April 26, 3:30 PM - 5:30 PM

 

Our member meeting survey conducted last year indicated that many members were interested in hearing about unusual birding trips or experiences from fellow members.  We are fortunately to have three members and a special guest willing to share some magical times with us:

 

  • Brian Maloof, owner of Manel's Tavern will talk about his Chickens on the Roof:
  • Shannon Fair, will talk about her experience of Birding in India;
  • Marilyn Harris will share some magical moments while Birding in Trinidad and Tobago; and
  • Linda DiSantis will tell us about her special experience Birding in Belize

 

Manuel's Tavern is located at 602 North Highland Avenue, Atlanta, Ga. 30307.  Parking is readily available to the south of the building.  Food and drink are available for purchase. Manuel's is smoke free.


 

Make a Little Room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch

 

The Brown-headed Nuthatch has been steadily declining in Georgia and recognized as a climate endangered species by the National Audubon Society. This cute and charismatic passerine is a southeastern specialty. The Georgia Audubon Council will make a little room for the Brown-headed Nuthatch by installing nest boxes to help offset the loss of nesting habitat in 2015. Click here to read more about this collaborative project and how you can help.


 

 

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