The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station Update January 2015



Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers, 

  Happy 2015! “A new year is unfolding - like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.” (Anonymous) 
What’s on your wish list for this year? Maybe it’s to plant a new vegetable garden, go on a bird watching trip, spend more time with the kids outdoors or build a fairy garden with your grandchild. 
Have fun and hope you turn your wishes into realities.

In 2015 think about visiting one of our great parks and gardens in Tucker like the Tucker Nature Preserve (new picnic area), Kelley Cofer Park, Henderson Park (new native plant and wildlife walk), John’s Homestead Park (eligible for the National Historic Registry), the Tucker Butterfly Garden and Trees of Tucker. 


January 29th is National Puzzle Day: get 25% off any puzzle – great way to pass the time during this cold weather! 

Join us this month as we have our “Out with the Old in with the New Sale”. We’ll be moving more merchandise to clearance to make way for new spring merchandise. New items will go to clearance during the whole month of January. 

It will soon be time to start your seeds indoors. We’ll be ordering our 2015 seed packets from Botanical Interest in the next couple of weeks. If there are any seeds you would like me to get, please let me know by January 9th so we can get them on the initial order form. Here’s a sampling of some of their new seeds this year: Carrot Red Cored Chantenay Heirloom Seeds, Carrot Atomic Red Seeds, Cucumber Poinsett 76 Seeds, Hummingbird Haven Seeds, Save the Bees Seeds, Sprouts Garbanzo Bean Organic Seeds , and Sprouts Lentil Organic Seeds. 

  The winner of our Christmas basket was Denis Bachman. Congratulations, Denis! 

The end of 2014 and beginning of 2015 has brought additional closings in Tucker. Sweet Dee’s closed following Christmas on Main on December 6th.Aldo’s Italian Restaurant/Café recently closed after serving Tucker for over 20 years. Toys R Us at Northlake is closing this month. Being next door to Sweet Dee’s many people have come in and talked about how sad they were to see her close. What can be done to keep our businesses – especially the ones that are unique to Tucker? If you have a store, restaurant, nail salon, bakery that you really like, please take the time to visit them, tell other people about them, write about them on social media, and sign up on their Face book pages, yelp and other social media. You can make a difference! Reviewing businesses as below is another way to show your support.                                   

Small businesses r
ely heavily on word of mouth and referrals from great customers just like you! 
Consider reviewing businesses on Google. If you already have a Gmail account, it couldn't be easier. Share your experience and help small businesses continue to grow! 
          
Simply click the link below for your favorite store. You will need to log in using your Gmail address, and when you're done, just click "Publish".

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What's new in the store? 
Coming in this week - New Items, especially good for Valentines Day! 

Birding
: bird feeders 

Garden Art: solar art 

Children: books and bug viewers 

Miscellaneous:
 jewelry from Ann O’Rourke, handmade soaps and candles from Jason Hutcheson 

Classes & Events 


     A Call to Bid 
     
Can’t Wait, Can’t Wait for these very important dates! 


February 7th- 21st, 2015 Second Annual The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station Silent Auction 
Just in time to chase away the winter doldrums and for Valentine’s – join us for our second annual silent auction benefitting the Tucker Butterfly Garden’s (TBG) native plant garden extension. TBG volunteers are actively working with us to make this a very special auction. 
On February 7, we are delighted to have Atlanta artist, Cynthia Perryman of Cynthia Perryman Fine Art join us to demonstrate her painting techniques and skills. The painting she produces on the 7th will be featured in the silent auction. Cindy is well known in Atlanta’s art community. She was the long-time owner of the very popular Vista Gallery in Decatur which she sold a few years ago so she could concentrate on her landscape and still life paintings. She holds painting classes in her studio in Suwanee, GA and offers yearly “workshops abroad” to Burgundy and Provence, France. She’s fun, exciting and passionate about her love of painting and travels to France to teach, paint and search for antiques! Checkout her website: cynthiaperrymanart.com/ 
Stop by to watch her paint – en plein air, weather permitting – 10AM – noon and 1PM – 2 PM on Saturday, February 7. And, don’t forget to put a bid in for the painting! Wine will be provided each Saturday afternoon during the auction by Growler Time in Tucker. Some of the auction items besides the painting will include local photography, Cricket Forge Pedestal Birdbath, wall art, a Growler Time gift bag, fountains – and much more… 



Old Town Tucker Update/Happenings 

On Thursday January 8th from 5-7PM visit Growler Time when Wild Heaven Craft Beers, an Avondale Estates brewery, will be there showcasing their beer. There will be prizes for everybody that buys some! Also, did you know that the new owner, Chris Codero, has cut the prices by 20% over last year? 

Matthews
 Cafeteria will be open for lunch from 10:30-3 on Sundays beginning January 18th. 

Who won the 2014 Downtown Tucker Holiday Decorating Contest sponsored by the Tucker Business Association, Main Street Tucker Alliance, Tucker Historical Society, and the Tucker Civic Association? 
Restaurant category: Las Colinas came in first place with Taqueria Los Hermanos in 2nd and Matthews received an Honorable Mention 
Office/services category: Main Street Barber Shop won the top prize and Luxe Nail Bar was awarded second place; Main Street Cleaners won an Honorable Mention. 
Retail category: CSR Computers won 1st place, Tucker Flower Shop won 2nd and E&B Jewelry Repair received an Honorable Mention 

Awards for decorating were also given out by the Old Town Tucker Merchant’s Association (OTTMA). First place was Sweet Dee’s & Las Colinas came in second. Congratulations to all! 

Old Tucker Fountain – The Fountain on Main Street in Tucker is excited about 2015. The new direction begun this year will be guided by an experienced new staff. Ms. Paris comes with almost a decade of experience at Shoney's restaurant, and will be handling the lunch 6 days a week. New menu items and breakfast served all day will be complemented by her great service. 
Andy, the new food safety and catering manager is a certified restaurant manager, and has management experience with 5 Guys Burgers in Buckhead. We are thrilled to have him on the team. 
The survey is complete and the most requested flavors of Mayfield ice cream will be delivered on the first. New flavors to be added include chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, cookies and cream, and rainbow sherbet. 

Saturday March 14th – 3rd Annual Tucker Chili Cook-off 

Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC Be Well, Stay Well in 2015! 
Massage Therapy - Acupuncture - Foot Reflexology Yoga - Tai Chi - Qi Gong - Meditation and more... Monthly Self Care Workshops 5165 Lavista Rd., Tucker 770.493.8181, www.massageassociates.net 

Eric’s Fit Lab has moved to 4985 Lavista Road. 

Luxe Nail Salon Bar on Main Street will be closed on Mondays until further notice.


Community Events and Spirit 



Saturday January 10th Recycling Extravaganza 9AM – Noon 
Did you get some new electronics for Christmas? Recycle your old ones at Northlake Mall in the parking lot this Saturday. Proceeds benefit the Tucker Underpass Project which includes cleaning up and painting a mural on the old railroad underpass on Fellowship Road in Tucker. For more information call 404-371-2564. 

Monday January 12th Mountain Shadow Garden Club presents “Garden Photography” 7:30PM 
 If you need a break from the winter blahs, plan to attend “Garden Photography” presented by Smoke Rise area resident Lyle Collins, President of Southern Trillium. Lyle has extensive experience in landscape design and installation. Photography has become an important tool in illustrating how various challenges in landscapes can be addressed, and in showing examples of “before and after” settings. His presentation will include tips regarding camera equipment, lighting, storing images, and more. MSGC is open to men and women of all ages who enjoy learning more about a range of garden topics. Refreshments and socializing follow. Eastminster Presbyterian Church is located at 5801 Hugh Howell Road, Stone Mountain. Free. For more information or for directions, call club president Jeff Raines at this number: 404-641-8633. 

Saturday, January 17th Fourth Annual Walk to Remember 9:30AM 
Four years ago, the Mountain Mum’s Garden Club and several other sponsors in the community began the run to honor seven teenagers who were killed in car accidents. Their main goals are to promote safe driving, organ donation, and to support the Memorial Triangle. The run will begin in the upper parking lot of the Smoke Rise Baptist Church. It’s a 4K walk that continues down the sidewalk towards Smoke Rise Elementary, down Lilburn-Stone Mountain and back to the church. You can register for the walk at The Garden Enthusiast or at Tucker House. Registration fee is $10. 

Monday, January 19th Tucker Civic Association “Day of Service” 9AM - Noon 
TCA will be celebrating MLK Day with a "Day of Service" event at Idlewood Elementary School. Volunteers will be raking, mulching and other yard work as well as painting the sign and working on other paint projects. At the MLK Day of Service, they will also be collecting school supplies for the Tucker Mid-Year School Supply Drive. With hard economic times, teachers and school kids often run out of supplies by the middle of the school year. Supplies will be collected throughout January and donated to the Tucker Cluster Schools, including Tucker HS, Tucker MS, Midvale ES, Idlewood ES, Brockett ES, Livsey ES and Smokerise ES. 
For a list of needed supplies and additional donation drop-off locations, please visit the Tucker Mid-Year School Supply Facebook Page
Contact Jane Tanner at [email protected] for more info. 


Other Backyard Nature Events 

Saturday, January 10th Georgia Iris Society meeting 2PM 
Kenneth Gohring, Azalea and Rhododendron Society, will present a program on “Native Plants”. The meeting will be held at the Northlake-Barbara Loar Library. Meetings are free to the public. Call Kathy Blackwell for more info: 678-583-8603. 

Sunday January 11th The Incredible, Edible Yard: Creating Bird- and People-Friendly Spaces 5-6PM 
Join environmental educator and fruit tree arborist Robby Astrove to learn more about edible landscaping and virtues of fruit trees for your home yard, school, or community park. We will present a spectrum of trees, shrubs, perennial herbs, and wildflowers that will attract appetites and wildlife to your space. We'll expand on fruit tree identification, favorites for the Atlanta area, best practices for orchards, and how edible landscaping contributes to healthy urban ecosystems. 
Robby Astrove is an environmental educator and arborist with more than 12 years of experience with green space stewardship, native and edible plants, and community-based environmental education programs. A park ranger at Arabian Mountain Nature Preserve, Robby is also an active member of the Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) and coordinator of the ALFI Orchard Project. He has provided guidance and consultation for numerous farms, environmental organizations, and community gardens in their pursuit of growing sustainable, low maintenance fruit trees.  4055 Roswell Road Atlanta, GA 30342
Register now to secure a spot. Download a registration form and send the completed form with payment to the AAS office, attention Melanie Furr. 
Cost: AAS Members $15, Nonmembers $18 

Monday, February 2nd DeKalb Master Gardener Association: “Hydrangeas, Hibiscus, and Asters… Oh, my!” 6PM 
Tim Martin, a former president of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association will be presenting. Tim's new company, Timothy Designs, focuses on herbaceous perennials, organic (and ornamental) vegetable gardens, and flowering shrubs and trees throughout the landscape. 
When we think of a mixed garden border, the first thought that comes to mind is often the classic English design, bursting with tulips, delphiniums and roses. The second thought is often one of resignation, having convinced ourselves that living in the hot and humid south precludes us from having those sorts of gardens. It’s time to put an end to “Zone Envy” once and for all. 
Grab your notepad and take advantage of the cold winter months to start making plans for your mixed garden border, Atlanta style! From initial design to planting and maintenance, we’ll explore those things that are unique to gardening in the South, and discuss lots of options that are applicable to gardens of all sizes and light conditions. This presentation promises lots of pretty pictures, and an equal amount of solid gardening information to apply to your own garden: manipulating the light to your advantage, choosing the best plants for your particular designs, handling rock solid Georgia clay, and developing your personal gardening calendar to make it all manageable. 
The meeting will be held at the Northlake/Barbara Loar Branch of the DeKalb Libraries. Their educational meetings are always free and open to the public, so bring a friend. www.DMGA.org 

Saturday, February 14th Georgia Iris Society meeting 2PM 
Mickey Gazaway from Pike’s Nursery will present a program on “How to Attract Birds to Your Backyard”. The meeting will be held at the Northlake-Barbara Loar Library. Meetings are free to the public. Call Kathy Blackwell for more info: 678-583-8603. 

Saturday, April 18th DMGA Plant Sale 9AM – 1PM 
The Dekalb Master Gardener’s Association annual plant sale will again be held at the Oak Grove UMC parking lot: Corner of Oak Grove & Fairoaks (1722 Oak Grove Rd., Decatur) 


Gardening, etc. 


For our star gazers, check out Comet Lovejoy (the New Year’s Comet) which can be seen right below the belt of the Orion constellation. It will be its brightest on January 7th. 

Opportunities in the garden for January: • Still have some poinsettias? Water them only when the soil is dry to the touch. • Prune your Pampas Grass down to 12”. Use gloves. We tie ours up with rope and then cut it with a chain saw. • If you can work the soil, you can plant bare-root shrubs and trees. You need to wait until March to plant container-grown shrubs and trees. • When the soil is dry in your garden, till it to break up the soil and help eliminate weeds and insects. • Test your soil – stop by and get a soil kit. • Check out your trees. Do some of the limbs need to be removed? Put a ribbon around those limbs, recheck, if it still looks like they should be removed, cut them off. Prune all damaged or dead branches. • Take care of your house plants: wash off the leaves to keep dust from interfering with photosynthesis; water less often during the winter and don’t leave plants sitting in saucers of water. If you notice spider mites or scale, spray the plants including the undersides of the leaves with insecticidal soap• Tune up your lawn mower and sharpen the blade. 

Why Compost? 
Besides reducing land fill waste, composting improves soil structure by allowing the soil to hold on to water and nutrients so plants can take in what they need, as they need it. Composting is not difficult to do. Start off with a 6-8” “brown” layer of dry materials such as leaves and small sticks. Follow this with a 6” “green’” layer of  vegetable scraps and grass clippings. (Don’t use fats or meat scraps.) Next add a couple of inches of manure and finish with a layer of topsoil. Repeat the layering until you reach about 4’. The layering creates insulation and a balance of nitrogen and carbon. Make sure that the pile stays wet as the microorganisms that eat all of the material need water to work. Use a soil thermometer to check the temp. Once the center of the pile reaches 140-160 degrees start turning and mixing the layers. When your pile is dark and crumbly, it is ready for use in the garden!           

Birding 


Thayer Birding Software just released Birds of North America - Version 7 for Windows computers featuring 985 species, 6,500 photos, 1,500 songs and 550 videos. For the first time this new birding software can be downloaded from the Internet. Come by the store and pick up your $5 discount to use when you order online. Here are some of the features you will find in version 7: New Look & Feel, 985 species, ID Wizard, Quizzes, Sightings, Custom Lists, The Birder's Handbook.  ( In case link does not work, the discount code is TGE30084 )
  
  

Comments from those who have purchased Guide to Birds of North America: 
Craig S - By the way, my grand-kids love your birding software. Every time they visit we have to spend time looking at the birds, listening to their sounds, and watching the short videos. The Pileated Woodpecker, Great Gray Owl and Ruffed Grouse are favorites. I was really surprised when my 3 year old grandson asked to see the Great Gray Owl and did a great sound imitation! 
William K ( 9 years old) - Thank you for the Birds of North America software program. I was so excited we downloaded it the night I got it. I looked at pictures, watched videos, made lists and did quizzes until my parents made me go to bed. It is totally awesome! 
Linda - Love this software. I coached a 7th grade girl with it for Science Olympiad Ornithology. She and her partner won 4th place at Nationals this year! 

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology and Audubon are getting ready for the 18th Great Backyard Bird Count (February 13-16th.) This is a really big deal and you can help!! Everyone is welcome--from beginning bird watchers to experts. And, it’s a great activity for kids! It takes as little as 15 minutes on one day, or you can count for as long as you like each day of the event. The Great Backyard Bird Count is a great way for people of all ages and backgrounds to connect with nature and make a difference for birds. By doing this, we learn what kinds of birds are being seen in the winter and whether there are more or fewer of them than before. It's free and easy. To learn more about how to join the count visit www.birdcount.org
For results of the 2014 GBBC, take a look at the Halftime Report, and be sure to check out some of the images in the 2014 GBBC Photo Contest Gallery. Last year, participants turned in more than 144,000 online checklists, creating the world's largest instantaneous snapshot of bird populations ever recorded. 


 Featured Bird Feeder of the Month : Squirrel Buster Plus
   Now 15% Off throughout the month of January!! 
                                   

• 3 quart bird seed capacity
• Weight of squirrel closes access to seed ports; adjustable weight settings
• Attracts a wide variety of clinging/perching birds; cardinal friendly with the cardinal ring
• Place feeder just about anywhere
• Easy to fill and clean; dishwasher safe
• Measures 6 by 6 by 23 inches         


You’ve probably noticed the squirrels have been acting more squirrely than usual as the cold weather approaches. They are darting out in front of cars, destroying feeders, and being all around crazy! Squirrel proof feeders are the easiest way to keep them out of your “bird” seed and the Squirrel Buster Plus is one of the best feeders guaranteed!!

We love the squirrel buster plus and so do our customers! It is our number one selling feeder at The Garden Enthusiast.

A true squirrel buster! When a squirrel tries to eat from the feeder its weight closes off the feeding ports to deny him to the food. You can also adjust the tension to make it sensitive enough to shut down on the large starlings or blackbirds.

It has a lock top you push down and turn to fill. The tube will hold a lot of seed and is long enough so that the squirrels can’t hang upside down to reach the feeding ports.  The Squirrel Buster Plus also has a cardinal ring so cardinals can sit and eat comfortably or if you just want smaller birds, the ring can be removed 

 Also, don't forget to try the new Weather guard from Brome! It is hard to imagine the Squirrel Buster Plus getting any better, but there is a new accessory that makes this feeder that much better, the Squirrel Buster Plus Weather Guard. The weather guard is easy to install ( or we will be glad to do it for you if you bring your feeder in ) and gives the birds ample room to light the perch ring under the guard. Help keep your seed dry and your birds comfy while they eat! The Weather Guard is made of UV-protected polycarbonate and has a lifetime manufacturer's warranty against defects. It can be added to any existing Squirrel Buster Plus! 



How to Attract More Birds to your Garden 
Try some of the following tips: 

• Build a brush pile to provide shelter from the elements and predators for birds and other wildlife. Pick out a location that won’t be a distraction for you or your neighbors. Unless you have a lot of property you might want to limit the size of the pile to 5 or 6 feet. If you can locate it in the sun it will also provide extra warmth for the birds and animals. The pile should be dense enough to provide shelter but with enough openings that allow easy movement. Make the first two layers from logs or thick branches about 6” in diameter. Start with the bottom layer parallel to each other and about 10” apart. Run the next layer perpendicular to the first layer Use rot-resistant wood such as cedar, oak or other hardwoods for a longer lasting brush pile. Now pile smaller branches and twigs on the structure with more density toward the middle. Don’t add leaves or grass clippings or other debris that will clog up the access.
• Hang your feeders 10’ from dense bushes and evergreens. This allows the birds a place to escape to but far enough away in case a neighborhood cat is waiting to spring. If it’s sheltered from the wind that is even better. 
• Suet is rich in calories and provides extra energy for birds like the woodpeckers, nuthatches, titmice, brown creepers, bluebirds, and chickadees. 
• Clean your feeders regularly to reduce the spread of avian diseases. 
• Keep seed in the feeders! 
• Put roosting boxes out to provide additional shelter for the birds. 
• If squirrels have taken over your feeders, make sure they are at least 10’ from any nearby jumping point. Try using a baffle below or above the feeder according to how they are jumping on it. You can also try suspending a feeder from a cable that stretches across an open space. Or try a squirrel resistant feeder such as the Squirrel Buster Plus highlighted in this newsletter. 
• Make sure you keep fresh water available. Use a de-icer or heated birdbath to keep the water from freezing. 

Here are a couple of things to do with the kids so they can feel like they helped to attract the birds, too! 

Make a milk carton birdfeeder using a half gallon milk or juice carton. Rinse out the carton and let it dry. Cut openings at the bottom to insert two dowels or sticks through for the birds to perch. Cut four openings at the bottom over the dowels/sticks. Hole-punch a space at the top to insert twine or fishing line to use as the hanger. Fill the feeder with seed using the spout of the carton. Replace the top on the spout. 

Make a pine cone birdfeeder by tying a wire, string or fishing line to the top of the pinecone. Melt beef tallow (from your butcher). As it starts to cool and gets thicker, using the string, roll the pine cone in it and then coat with bird seed. Cool on wax paper. If you can’t find the beef tallow, use peanut butter instead. 

Hang these feeders in spots so the kids (and you!) can easily view the array of winter birds that come to them and the kids can learn to identify each of the birds. They could even start a journal to keep up with which birds they see in which months. 

Next month – more ways to attract birds to your garden 


Bird of the Month: Eastern Screech Owl


Red morph and gray morph 

• The Eastern Screech Owls are year-round residents in Georgia. 
• They are about 9” tall with up to a 20” wingspan. They are the only small owl in Georgia with ear tufts. There are two color variations known as morphs – a mottled gray (more common) and rust colored with white. They have a large head, yellow eyes, and a short, rounded tail. 
• Eastern Screech Owls hunt during the night-time hours. Their varied prey consists of songbirds (such as chickadees, finches, and warblers), small rodents and mammals, lizards, snakes, frogs, spiders, worms, small fish, and large insects. They have very acute hearing which helps them find their prey. They regurgitate the feathers, fur and bones of their prey. You may find oval pellets made up of this matter underneath their roosts. 
• They do not build nests but take over cavities made by woodpeckers or squirrels. They will use a nesting box. (Now is a good time to put up an owl house before their breeding season begins.) They often reuse the same site from one year to the next.
•  They have one brood per year. The clutch is made up of 2-6 white eggs. Incubation time is 27-34 days and they fledge in 26-30 days. 
•  Mortality rates of the young or nestling owls can reach 70%. Their primary predators are weasels, snakes, raccoons, skunks, crows, and blue jays. Hawks and larger owls are predators of the adult Eastern Screech Owl. 
• You may hear them often at night trilling or whinnying. You may also hear them bark, hoot, chuckle and screech. 


Audubon Field Trips
 


Check out the upcoming field trips from the Atlanta Audubon Society (get in touch with them for more information at (678-973-2437). One this month is close by (*). 

Friday January 9th Panola Mountain 10AM
Birding Focus: Winter residents of wetlands & forest, including sparrows, blackbirds, raptors, waterfowl, waders, and shorebirds. 

Sunday January 11th Noonday Creek 8AM 
Birding Focus: We will work along the 'sparrow field' in hopes of finding Marsh Wren, Sedge Wren, Common Yellowthroat, Song Sparrow, Swamp Sparrow, and other grass/weed-loving birds. Next it's on to the large, grassy 'water control bowl' and its dense riparian corridor for Song and Field Sparrow, House Wren, Palm Warbler, and more. Once the sun has warmed up the shadowy, brushy corridors and fields just north of the parking lot, we'll finish here in hopes of encountering some flocks with both kinglets, Blue-headed Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Winter Wren, and more. Any level of skill is welcome. 

Wednesday January 14th Reynolds Nature Preserve 8AM
 
Birding Focus: We will look for winter woodland birds such as woodpeckers, including Pileated Woodpeckers, and Barred Owls. The trail passes through mature deciduous forest and along several ponds. 

Saturday January 17th Hard Labor Creek State Park 3PM 
Birding Focus: Hard Labor Creek is the 2nd largest GA State Park. It boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. During this short walk, we'll look for winter residents, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors. 

Wednesday January 21st Murphey Candler Park 8:30AM 
Birding Focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for winter visitors and residents, including waterfowl, shorebirds, and passerines. The site is also reliable for turtles. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. Please do not bring your dog. This site can be especially good for beginning birders. 

Saturday January 24th Newman Wetlands Center and Huie Ponds of the CCWA 8AM 
Birding Focus: Resident and wintering waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds. We will walk the trails at the Newman Wetlands Center and then carpool to the Ponds of the CCWA where we will drive around the ponds, stopping to view the birds we find. Children 9 years and up are welcome if they are really interested in birds. 

*Saturday January 31st Woodlands Garden and Decatur Cemetery 8AM
 
Birding Focus: Woodlands Garden is a 7.1 acre privately owned, non-profit preserve near downtown Decatur, comprising mature deciduous and pine forest, plants and shrubs, with streamside and upland habitat that is being actively managed to protect and promote native plant species. In addition to the usual urban forest species, we'll see some winter residents. Sixty-five species have been recorded there in the past couple of years. New birders are welcome. No dogs are allowed. For those interested, we will then move by car to nearby Decatur Cemetery, Metro Atlanta's oldest cemetery comprising 58 acres with mature trees, wooded edges, and water features. This is a great site for Eastern bluebirds and Red-headed woodpeckers. 

Saturday February 7th Piedmont Park 8AM 
Birding Focus: We'll be looking for wintering birds and permanent residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. 


We wish each of you a very happy new year filled with joy, peace and prosperity! Hope to see you soon
 
Linda, Brittany, Jeremy & Jessica 

        


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