April 2013 Newsletter
Beavers in Buckhead!
Did you know that Beavers are considered a keystone species? This means that they serve an important function for other forms of life. They do this by creating habitat for many other creatures. When America was young and the Native Americans were here, they followed the beavers camping by the ponds they made. As one pond would fill up, the beavers moved on and the Native Americans followed. Ponds don't last forever. When plants seed-in they accelerate the transition from pond to meadow then to forest, so you could really say beavers were responsible for the growth of our original eastern seaboard forests.
Now, meet "Beaver" who lives in an enclosure at the Chattahoochee Nature Center and see the handiwork of his relatives who live in the wild at Blue Heron. All of these beavers are doing important work for the human community by teaching us the benefits of living with wildlife in an urban area. Our goal is to continue to provide habitat for wildlife such as the Blue Heron Beavers but also create trails, boardwalks and bridges so that you can see them!
In the next week you will receive Blue Heron's first appeal letter for support. We hope you will remember the beaver's story and our desire to provide habitat for wildlife, plus our goal to provide access to the wetland area where they live - FOR YOU! To do this, we will need to build boardwalks, bridges and trails to give you safe access to see them and all the other wetland wonders at the Preserve.
Eco-explorers Day Camp
June 17-21, July 8-12 and July 15-19
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Join Instructor Maura Dudley for this exciting and educational Summer Day Camp! During the week, your children will:
Download our Registration Form and mail in with your check, or call the office at 404-345-1008.
Sneak Peek For May...
Feathery Friends Preschool Class:
Awareness of Birds Thru Art:
New: Geology Page!
New: Google Interactive Map of our Tree Survey!