Habitat Restoration

 

Atlanta is known as the City in the Forest. The abundance of trees coupled with other gems like the Chattahoochee River, Kennesaw Mountain, Clyde Shepard, and other wild spaces attract a myriad of birds to our urban environment. Sadly, many of the birds arrive to find habitat destroyed by development, over-run by exotic species, or polluted and depleted by human use. Turf grass, asphalt, and English Ivy are often the most prevalent ground cover on or near our parks, riparian corridors, and forests. Atlanta Audubon Society is committed to restoring our urban green spaces and helping create and manage bird-friendly habitats.

 

Habitat restoration projects focus on removing exotic and invasive vegetation, managing ecosystems, and planting native bird-friendly plant species. Avian inventories are compiled at each focal location and other surveying methods may also be used depending on the project and site. While the goal of these projects is to help create or maintain a functioning native ecosystem that benefits all organisms, a few species-specific efforts will also be undertaken. These projects range from nest box placement, native plant selection, and bird banding. to nest monitoring, and educational displays.

 

The mission of Atlanta Audubon is to create places where birds and people thrive. Our restoration work will educate people on the importance of healthy green spaces and exactly how these complex ecosystems function, focus on conserving habitats and certain bird species, and allow for Atlanta Audubon and partners as well as local communities to advocate for these urban green spaces. Additionally, these programs will rely on the work of volunteers and local community members. Most people are now coming into contact with nature at these urban places and it is vital for all citizens to be educated on the value of native plants, our birds and insects, and the positive impacts these ecosystems have within their community.

 

Current Restoration Locations

Emma Wetlands: Map – Open to the public. Managed by Blue Heron Nature Preserve

The Confluence: Map – Open to the public. Managed by the South Fork Conservancy

Deepdene Park:  Open to the Public. Managed by the Olmsted Linear Park System.

Friendship Forest: Open to the Public. Managed by the City of Clarkston.

 

Partners

 

Partnerships and collaboration are central to our habitat improvement projects. Our partners not only include groups who own, preserve, or manage land, but also those who provide environmental expertise, volunteer support, community outreach, and resources.