January 2015 Newsletter
Happy New Year!
Many thanks to all our supporters who contributed to our annual campaign in 2014! And, if you missed the year end deadline not to worry, our challenge grant runs through 2015! You can always donate online and support us year round. As we move into the winter season all seems quiet in the landscape at the Preserve. But, as Melanie Furr will tell us during her upcoming program on the 10th, it is breeding time for hawks and owls. Don't miss this wonderful program as we will have live owls and hawks visiting that day and they are spectacular birds to see up close.
Also, moving in the landscape are our beavers, yes we now have two! Belle has found herself a boyfriend Beau and we are hoping for kits in early spring.
Second Saturday Safari: January
Hawks and Owls in Winter
Feathered predators are guaranteed to liven up a cold winter’s day! Atlanta Audubon Society Director of Education and AWARE Wildlife Center volunteer, Melanie Furr, will be here to teach us about the winter habits of hawks and owls. Live birds of prey will make an appearance, courtesy of AWARE!
We are thrilled to announce we've been awarded a $25,000.00 Community Building Grant from Park Pride and The Home Depot Foundation! The grant will be used to install an ADA compliant ramp at the Blue Heron building entrance. Currently there is no handicap access.
In addition, the grant will help fund installation of new entrance, information and trail wayfaring signs throughout the Preserve using the recently approved City sign design standard (see sample below).
We are very grateful to our longtime partner Park Pride for their support as we strive to make Blue Heron available and accessible to everyone. Park Pride is Atlanta's premier park advocacy organization, who has been a big supporter of all our neighborhood parks. We are excited to be working with them again.
There will be volunteer opportunities in 2015 to help with the prep and construction work as well as with the signage installation. Stay tuned for future announcements for volunteer events.
Community Foundation "Grants to Green Assessment" Grant Awarded
Thanks to our friends at the Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta and the Southface Institute, we have been selected to participate in their "Grants to Green Assessment" program. The purpose is to identify opportunities for making our headquarters building more energy efficient. Once the assessment is complete we will be eligible to apply for implementation funding to make the improvements. Since we are responsible for all our utility expenses along with our non-profit tenants, Atlanta Audubon Society and Little Da Vinci International School, the money we save can be redirected to help fund our programming. We appreciate this opportunity to work with the Community Foundation and Southface, who are playing such a critical role in the Atlanta community.
Summer Camp 2015
Come explore with us! Our 2015 summer camp is guaranteed to be full of exciting nature adventures. Join experienced environmental educators as we search for animals, splash in our creek, and enjoy being outside! All camps will be held Monday – Friday, 9 am – 12 pm. Open to ages 4-9. Registration begins January 15th. Space is limited, be sure to mail in your registration form and check early to guarantee a spot!
MLK Workday with
Hands on Atlanta
January 19th, 9am-1pm.
With Berry College Professor Chris Mowery.
We increased our own flock at Blue Heron in late fall as Education Director, Amy Zvonar and her husband Jesus welcomed baby Calliope to their family. They should all be on hand for the January 10th event as Amy begins to wind down her maternity leave later this month.
I hope to see you for a winter program at the Preserve soon!