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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Atlanta Urban Ecologists for Teens


The Atlanta Urban Ecologists program for youth in 7th-12th grade will guide students in the discovery of the fascinating, rich ecology of Metropolitan Atlanta, providing opportunities for hands-on field experiences, conservation, and citizen science.  Each session will be hosted by a different environmental nonprofit, taking place on the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM from October to May.  Perfect for students interested in pursuing careers in science or conservation or those who just enjoy being outside in nature, the program will provide students with opportunities to learn alongside experts in the field, as well as meaningful experiences in the outdoor places that make Atlanta the “City in a Forest.”  Students will establish a network of environmental professionals who can assist with their academic and career development while having fun outdoors with their peers. The program will culminate with a canoe trip on the Chattahoochee River and a graduation lunch.


For complete details and to register, click here


Need-based scholarships are available. 


Offered in partnership by Atlanta Audubon Society; Blue Heron Nature Preserve; Chattahoochee Nature Center, DeKalb County Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs; Trees Atlanta; West Atlanta Watershed Alliance; and Young Scientists’ League. 




October Monthly Meeting    

Hiking Georgia: A Guide to the State's Greatest Hiking Adventures


Sunday, October 23, 3:30 – 5:30 PM

Manuel's Tavern, 602 N. Highland Ave, NE, Atlanta, 30307 



When Polly Dean and Jimmy Jacobs took on the project of producing the 4th edition of Hiking Georgia, they were not avid hikers or birders. Rather, Polly was a skilled photographer and Jimmy a veteran writer and outdoorsman. But, the adventure of walking more than 500 miles of trails throughout the state often found them in areas where a variety of interesting and colorful birds were abundant. Even as novices, they did notice those colorful displays and even captured some in photos. Their presentation will cover some of the more interesting trails they hiked and the birds with which they crossed paths.


Polly Dean began her career as a graphic artist for Georgia Sportsman magazine for 20 years. She then left the publication for a free-lance career in outdoor writing and photography. Today she is back in the publishing business as the Associate Editor of Fishing Tackle Retailer magazine. More than 300 of her photos illustrate the new edition of Hiking Georgia.


Jimmy Jacobs was the editor of Georgia Sportsman for a quarter century, and also did an 8-year stint as the outdoor columnist in the sports section of the Atlanta Journal Constitution. He now writes a weekly column for the Athens Banner-Herald and is a fishing reporter for Fox Sports Outdoors on Fox Sports South television.  He has written five guidebooks to trout and saltwater fishing in the southeastern states, a short-story volume of Southern humor and nostalgia, and a tongue-in-cheek adventure/humor novel.  



Note: Copies of Hiking Georgia will be available for purchase at the member meeting. Polly and Jimmy will also be signing books for those who are interested.



Fall Open House with Blue Heron Nature Preserve


Saturday, October 15, 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM 

Atlanta Audubon Society/Blue Heron Nature Preserve

4055 Roswell Road, Atlanta, GA, 30342


**Free and open to the public


Join Atlanta Audubon Society and Blue Heron Nature Preserve for a family-friendly Fall Open House on Saturday, October 15, from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. Enjoy complimentary sweet treats courtesy of Bon Glaze and bird-friendly shade-grown coffee courtesy of Atlanta Audubon. Local artist Tim Hunter has been working through the summer on a mural located on the stone wall at the main entrance to the building, which will be unveiled during the Open House. The mural, entitled “Avian Archipelago,” is a silent testament to local birds and plants that are at risk due to climate change and other threats. 


This event is free and open to the public. 


Schedule Highlights include:


9:00 AM Guided Bird Walk with Atlanta Audubon Society

10:00 to 11:00 AM Photography Exhibit Opening with Atlanta Celebrates Photography

10:00 to 11:00 AM Drop-in Children’s Nature Craft

10:30 AM Performances by the Green Theater Group and Aerialists

11:00 AM “Avian Archipelago” Mural Dedication with remarks from artist Tim Hunter, Atlanta Audubon’s Adam Betuel, and Blue Heron Nature Preserve’s Nancy Jones





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