February 2015 Newsletter
I have just returned from visiting the Monarch butterflies in their winter home, a true Mexican adventure! Seeing these beautiful creatures in a wild habitat was soul stirring and surreal. The sun shone down in bright shafts of light through a cold weather rain forest high in the Mexican mountains. As the sun hit them, the resting monarchs fluttered from the oyamel fir trees and floated to the sunny meadow below, what a sight!
This trip isn't for the fainted hearted! We rented a car and traveled from Mexico City along a toll road, we passed border security at the Michoacan state line as we entered a travel advisory region. The El Rosario reserve we visited was humble and in the land of indigenous people working hard just to survive. We had a steep climb to reach the Monarchs, the air was thin and it was hard to catch your breath but so worth it.
Journey North, an online tracking website, reports 57 million in Mexico, a 80% population decline. Many scientists believe the Monarch migration cycle may be unable to last. It was a once in a lifetime kind of trip.
Citizen scientists needed! Biologist Chris Mowry has been studying coyotes in Georgia and Yellowstone National Park for the past 10 years. Attend his lecture to discover how you can help his team research metro-Atlanta coyote populations. 'Like' the Atlanta Coyote Project on Facebook to learn more!
Download the event flyer HERE.
2015 Winter Exhibit
"Solo Succulent with Flowing Waters"
Blue Heron Nature Preserve Art Galley is honored to show Michael Stanley's beautiful pastels images of solo succulents and Bill Boley's bold black and white photography!
Michael Stanley is a retired architect and landscape architect and has been drawing pastels of the natural world for years.
Bill Boley's newest black and white photography captures the waterfalls in north Georgia.
To make an appointment to see the show please call Sally Eppstein at 678-642-5300.
NEW! Spring Break Camp
Spring Break Days at BHNP
Spend spring break at Blue Heron Nature Preserve! Each day, your children will explore our woods, creek, and wetlands with an experienced environmental educator. Go birdwatching, track mammals, make a seed collection, build forts, and more!
Registration and check can be mailed to BHNP. Call Amy at 678-315-0836 with any questions. Space is limited, sign-up today!
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!
Hands On Atlanta MLK Day of Service
(Right: Volunteers Extending Painted Turtle Trail. Left: Teamwork!)
Thanks to all the volunteers who spent the morning with us giving back to the community in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. We had a great group of volunteers including a students from Georgia Perimeter College. We focused on connecting the existing Woodland and Plunge Pool trails at the building parking lot as well as extending the Painted Turtle Trail around the pond on Lakemoore Drive.
(Left: GPC Students Building Trail. Right: Volunteers working on Butterfly Garden Entrance.)
We also spent time preparing area leading to our butterfly garden on the back side of building on Rickenbacker Drive. Betsy Lane has done a wonderful job creating a garden for butterflies and other nectar feeders which we hope to open up to the public soon. Special thanks to Kim Turpeau from Hands On Atlanta and and Pourya Bakhtiyar from GPC who served as volunteer leaders. We couldn't have done it with out you all.
Come on out to the Preserve and see for yourself all that we accomplished!
Love is in the air.
From Monarchs to beavers... nature unfolds her wonders every day and every season.