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BHNP Adds Four More Acres

The Blue Heron Nature Preserve in North Buckhead is expanding! By adding four more acres, the Preserve directly connects to the local elementary school and enables construction of a continuous PATH trail connecting all the Preserve’s properties and to other trails in the area, Blue Heron Executive Director Nancy Jones announced today.

The City of Atlanta purchased the property on Land O’Lakes Drive adjacent to Sarah Smith Elementary School to develop the BLUEWAY, a two-mile trail along urban streams that will eventually tie into PATH’s new Georgia-400 trail, the Belt Line and extend to paths at Chastain Park.  “Our vision is to expand Blue Heron well beyond our own boundaries by connecting our trails to existing ones all around us.”, Jones explains.

Blue Heron grows to 30 acres with the new acquisition. A haven of majestic trees, nature trails, a 10,000 square foot education and arts center and a wildlife sanctuary adjoining busy Roswell Road, the Preserve is a City of Atlanta park operated by the nonprofit Blue Heron Nature Preserve.

“This is a big step in fulfilling our mission of protecting and connecting greenspace and encouraging people of all ages to experience nature.”, Jones adds.


(Photo by Bill Boley)

The new parcel contains the head waters of Mill Creek, a creek whose name was recently discovered on an old survey map along with a grist mill that once stood on Lakemoore Drive. The new parcel helps to create a contiguous, protected greenspace in a watershed which includes a significant portion of Buckhead’s business district along Peachtree, Piedmont and Roswell Roads.  This offers a unique opportunity to create wetlands which can naturally address the impacts of urbanization,provide habitat for native plants and animals not normally found in an urban setting and offer hands-on educational opportunities for schools.

 

Second Saturday Safari: September

"Amphibians in Georgia"
with Mark Mandica from The Botanical Gardens
September 13th, 10am - 12pm
$10 per person

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Mark Mandica from the Atlanta Botanical Garden will be here to help us uncover the best places to spot our local amphibians! Plus, learn about an opportunity to volunteer with the new Metro Atlanta Amphibian Monitoring Program. Anyone interested in frogs, salamanders, and learning how to identify frogs by call is encouraged to attend.

Visit the Garden’s frog blog!
frogpodblog.blogspot.com

Space is limited, RSVP to 678-315-0836. Don't forget to download a Registration Form to mail in with your payment!

 

Storms Blow Baby Squirrels From Nests

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Look who is visiting in the office today (8/11/14)! This baby squirrel is being hand fed and cared for by AAS Ed Director, Melanie Furr. He fell out of the nest over the weekend and is on his way to AWARE the wild animal rescue organization.

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Melanie says "The second wave of baby squirrels are being born in August and September, if you find one, try to return it to it's nest or if it is too high, make a small nest and hang it as high as possible".

 

Eagle Scout Gifts Preserve

Hughes Moffett has just completed his Eagle Scout Project at the Preserve and we are the proud recipients of a new circular bench and picnic table! The bench and table are made out of beautiful cedar wood and will be real amenities for visitors.

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Many thanks to Hughes for this wonderful gift and also a financial contribution.

 

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