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AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support BHNP (or your favorite charitable organization) every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at smile.amazon.com, you'll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to BHNP!

As you "wrap up" your holiday shopping, or when it's time to send your Grad off to college, consider letting your dollars do double-duty! Click the Get Started button, log into your Amazon account and Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Blue Heron Nature Preserve, whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.

Holiday Open House

We had a fabulous turnout on a beautiful day for our Holiday Open House! Visitors  shopped the artist market and snacked on a yummy feast of holiday treats. The Burrow was full of happy children making tiny fairy homes to take home.

(Left: our holiday sign at the front door; Center: Board member Brooke Hammonds, shopping the artist market; Right: children in The Burrow.
All photos were taken by Carol McCullough, volunteer photographer for the day!)

Kevin had a full house upstairs for our wildlife movies and Maura kept the guests supplied with popcorn. Many thanks to all our volunteers and artists who made this special day a success. Happy Thanksgiving to all!


Hidden World at BHNP: Wildlife Video by Kevin McCauley

Last weekend was our Holiday Open House Event. We had a good crowd both young and old. During the event we showed this wildlife video, put together by Kevin McCauley, of the various animals we've 'captured' with our wildlife cameras.

Two Beavers Captured On Video

After 8 months with the wildlife cameras out, we have finally recorded 2 beavers together.  We've seen them individually but never together.  Hoping it's a boy and a girl which means, can a family be far behind?  Let's hope so!


Thank You Sorority Volunteers

Thanks to help from the Alpha Sigma Tau sorority at Oglethorpe University, we are now ready to mail our beautiful new Visitor Guide to Blue Heron's friends.  The sisters from AST came this week to help sort, fold, stuff and stamp our Visitor Guide and appeal letter. We had a great time especially after Nancy brought out the Halloween candy!

Special thanks to Kiana Lawrence with AST who helped organize the effort for the sorority. We'd love to have them back. And keep an eye out for the Visitor Guide coming in the mail soon.

Thank You Lovett High School Volunteers

For the 2nd time in as many months student volunteers came to Blue Heron to help make improvements at Emma Wetlands. On November 2nd they came to spread wood chips on the Wetland Loop trail. The volunteers were part of LAX Action, started by Lovett student, John Moffett.  Lax Action is a volunteer group of high school lacrosse players who are taking time to "take action" off the field in their local communities. Thanks LAX Action for giving back to your community! 
To find out more, check out the LAX Action facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/LaxAction. And come by the Emma Wetlands at the end of Emma Lane to check out the great job they did on the trail.

Human-Coyote Interaction Survey Needs Your Help

The 'Atlanta Coyote Project' has released their 2014 Human-Coyote Interactions Survey.  If you are interested, please Like and/or Follow them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/atlantacoyoteproject, share it with your friends and encourage them to also complete the survey. A link to the survey can be found on our Facebook page, where we will soon begin to post further information about our participation in this study.

Please help Atlanta Coyote Project to use social media to gather further data.


Knit For Nature Adorns Dogwood

Today, Diane and Sally visited the Preserve to hang all the collected knitting on our dogwood tree. Dogwood berries are an important winter food source for many birds such as the northern mockingbird and American robin.

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Susan made bird cards and facts to hang from the tree and they were merrily swaying on this very windy day. Many thanks to Diane, Sally and Susan and everyone who donated knitting for this fun and colorful project!


Enrichment Programs Visit The Preserve

Today we had third graders from the mission program at the Church of the Atonement on a field trip to the Preserve. They had a first experience using binoculars to check out the turtles at the pond. The Church is one of our Meadows for Monarchs partners.


Last week we also had second graders from the Church visit and they worked with Blue Heron Education Director Amy Zvonar and Educator Diane Evans. The children attend Highpoint Elementary in Sandy Springs and attend the Mission's enrichment program for Latino students after school. We had lots of smiles and excitement as they toured the Preserve with Amy and Diane!



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