Nature: Flora, Fauna and Fungi

Upon arrival, stealthy visitors to the pond are often rewarded with views of muskrats, herons, mallards, and turtles. The corridors of Nancy and Mill Creeks enhance accessibility for red foxes, coyotes, raccoons, and opossums; while, being indispensable natural highways for white-tailed deer, river otters, beavers, and muskrats. Cavities within dead trees near the community garden are veritable condominiums for families of woodpeckers: redheaded, red-bellied, and pileated, as well as northern flickers. The meadow is graced by song sparrows, house finches, and goldfinches - only a few of the 72 avian species frequenting The Preserve. No habitat in The Preserve will attract as much wildlife as the wetlands of the Emma Lane Tract when its restoration is completed. The task of recycling is borne in large part by fungi, including varieties such as Calvatia Rubroflava and Abortiporus biennis - so rare that even the state’s foremost micologists have never seen them elsewhere.


USGS Water Monitoring: Nancy Creek

View statistics on the water quality: USGS 02336360 Nancy Creek at Rickenbacker Dr, Atlanta Georgia


Native Plants Common to The Preserve


Any of a large genus of chiefly temperate herbs of the fumitory family with race mode irregular flowers and dissected leaves.

American Holly
ilex opaca

A tree, of moist woodlands in the eastern U.S. Native to Georgia.

Horse Sugar
symplocos tin torus

Or "Sweet Leaf", a small tree of the southern U.S. with bark that yield a yellow dye.


Any genus of taxacease, the yew family of evergreen shrub or tree. Native to Eurasia.

Bushy Blue Stem and Broom Sedge

Native grasses of the genus andropogon.
(Planted at Blue Heron in a restoration effort along the property edges.)