The Garden Enthusiast- Backyard Nature Station Update April 2014 

   Cucumbers 

 Fellow Backyard Nature Lovers, 

"The clock is running. Make the most of today. Time waits for no man. Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why it is called the present." I was reminded recently of the value of treasuring today. Want to smell the roses; want to get in touch with a friend you haven’t seen for a while… Do it now – we get so busy and tied up in our day to day life. Some things are worth a change in our schedules.

 It’s National Gardening Month and April 22nd is Earth Day. Check out the Nature events (and there are a lot of them!) and the Gardening section for ways to celebrate this special month. 

 The winner of our “Feeling the luck of the Irish - Like us on Facebook contest was Amanda Johnson Dollar. She won a $50 gift certificate from The Garden Enthusiast – Backyard Nature Station. Congratulations, Amanda! 

 We are approaching our third anniversary on April 29th! We’ll send more out on this in the next newsletter and watch for updates on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Garden-Enthusiast-Backyard-Nature-Station/183052068407686?ref=br_rs ) However, here’s what we can tell you now: One of the ways we will be celebrating our anniversary is by developing a children’s garden at the side and behind our building. This has been in our plan since we opened the store. It’s wonderful to have children in the store and see their interest in nature whether its birding, fairy gardening or planting a vegetable garden. Developing the children’s garden is our next step in encouraging our children’s natural curiosity and creativity. It’s back to nature and the outdoors and, maybe, for a little while off the electronics. We are still working through the plans for this and it will develop over a period of time. The area will be cleaned up and fenced in to make way for the changes. We’ve had some offers from customers already to help us clean up and make this happen. Want to volunteer? Let us know. Some of the things in the plan include raised beds with themes built around children, composting, aquaponics, and interactive displays. Classes and children’s birthday parties may be a part of this in the future. Let us know what you think. 

Another addition for our anniversary will be a refrigerator in the store to make it easy to get those mealworms!

Late in March three of my fellow DeKalb Master Gardeners and I began our journey of taking the Georgia Master Naturalist Program at Elachee Nature Science Center in Gainesville. What a beautiful place! This eleven week course includes indoor and outdoor learning. Our first class was on Wildflowers of Georgia. Jennifer Ceska, Conservation Biologist at UGA’s Botanical Garden, entertained us as she educated us about this topic. Georgia is sixth in the nation in our diversity of plants! We then took a hike to look for spring ephemeral flowers such as trillium, bloodroot, and Liverleaf Hepatica. Over the course of the next two newsletters, I’ll share with you’re a little about our ‘journey’ in the Gardening section. Then if you’re captivated enough, maybe you’ll sign up for the course in the future. You do not have to be a Master Gardener to take this course. 


 FROM OUR CUSTOMERS 

Great Newsletter ....Thanks...Dick C 

Help! I am trying to figure out what these birds are-- but they're too far away for me to really see. I hope the call might help identify them. I've seen them the past 3 years (I hear their call and then see them!) and have asked many people for help but have not gotten the answer. Might they be the Sandhill Cranes you mentioned in your newsletter??? Many thanks!! Mike D 
 And, thanks to Pam Higginbotham a volunteer with the Atlanta Audubon Society for the answer: Yes! Sandhill Cranes! Can spring be far away? PS- it’s great he had a theory based on your newsletter. You should be proud! 

Dear Britt, It does seem like you have a steady stream of visitors to your store; but I like to help you out. People might not realize that you are a fine art store; nearby; easy to get to; in downtown Tucker. My friend; Tom; was amazed by the glass tree art that I bought at your store! Jackie P 

Thank you for the interesting and informative news letter. Thanks, Judi C 

 Burrowing owls in Florida. Mike took these. Thought you would like to see them. ...Annie O

        
Photo Credits go to local family attorney & resident, Sam Bruner 


WHAT'S NEW IN THE STORE? 

Birding: hummingbird feeders, bluebird houses, nesting products 

Garden Art: Garden flag stands, chimes, hanging solar gazing ball, gazing ball, more Kitras art glass and stands 

Tool shed: Garden predators (such as solar owl with revolving head) 

Miscellaneous: Decorative Outdoor Bird Clock, hats with 50 UV protection; microfiber cleaning cloths for your camera lens, glasses, computer screens, etc. 

CLASSES AND EVENTS 

Saturday May 3rd Bird Feeder Cleaning Day (part of our anniversary celebration) Bring in your feeders on this day and we’ll clean them for you. Each customer can bring in up to 3 feeders. Drop off day will be Saturday and clean feeders will be ready to pick up on Monday, May 5th. 

OLD TOWN TUCKER UPDATE/HAPPENINGS 

   Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop is turning two! As we enter our third year of business on Main Street, we want to take a moment to thank all of you for making Sweet Dee’s Bakeshop such a great success. To help us celebrate our second anniversary you are invited to join us for a free cup of coffee and sample some of our latest menu additions including gluten-free options as well as some delectable new flavors. So please join us on Saturday, April 26th and let’s celebrate. 770-696-4461 

March 15th turned out to be a beautiful day for the 3rd Annual Chili Cook off. Thousands of people turned out for the food, music, people-watching, and shopping opportunities. Congratulations to the winners: 
Restaurant: Comeback Sports Bar & Grill 
Individual: Stingray Chili 
People’s Choice: Fire Slayer Chili Best Booth: Girth Wind & Fire 

Growler Time is having a Tap Takeover with Southern Tier Brewing on April 17th from 6:00 - 8:00. Free pint glasses to anyone who buys a Southern Tier Beer. 

Luxe Nail Bar offering nail service, waxings, and eyelash extensions will be opening soon in Eric’s Fitness Lab’s old space on Main Street. 

 Things are going great at the Old Tucker Fountain. They had a banner day at the chili cook off. It was an unofficial re-launch of the business showcasing the new barbecue team, featuring Wayne Germon as pitmaster. The Fountain will be open daily. Come see Patti and try some of the new recipes. Lunch will be from 11 to 4 p.m. daily. Musicians and songwriters are lining up to take the stage. Visit and like The Fountain on facebook to stay abreast of dinner shows and family oriented entertainment listings.

Saturday April 12th Tucker Cruise-In 5PM – 8:30PM The Tucker Cruise-in is an old fashioned town meet and greet of the car community on Main Street. For more information, call 770-527-1521. 

Massage Associates of Atlanta, LLC celebrates 15 years serving the Tucker community in their new location on Lavista. And with almost twice as much space, they are looking forward to offering more therapies and classes.  Stop by and visit them.


Roly Poly will be moving to Main Street. 

Thursdays in April Tucker Farmer's Market 4 - 8 PM 

COMMUNITY EVENTS AND SPIRIT 

Doug & Christine Douglas's Garden at 4750 Westhampton Drive in Tucker is open to visitors. Many rhododendrons and azaleas are now open. If you want an initial appreciation, go to www.douglas-davis.com. What a wonderful gift to the community – thanks for sharing, Christine and Doug! 

It was history in the making on March 7th as the Lady Tigers WON the 2014 AAAAA GIRLS’ BASKETBALL STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Macon. It was the first time a Tucker High School girls’ basketball team has won the State Championship and the first time a Lady Tiger team made it to the State Finals! Congratulations to the Lady Tigers and Coach Potter! 

Congratulations to Tim Timmons, a 50-year resident of Tucker, for receiving the “Citizen of the Year” award from the Tucker Civic Association. Tim is the author of the recently released book “A History of Tucker 1821 – 1942” which is currently in its third printing. He is also a founding member of the Tucker Historical Society. 

Attention Dekalb County Schools (Teachers and/or parents can call): The Dekalb County Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. has money for YOU! If your school has a project which beautifies its grounds, sets up and continues a garden of any kind, or does any sort of ecological or environmental education for its students, you may be eligible for $200 (the minimum) grant money through a Federation program called “The B.E.E. Grant” and all it takes is a phone call to learn more. Call Judy Lemoine, the Chair of the B.E.E. Committee, at her home: 770-934-8541. If you leave a message and your number, your call will be returned within a day. They want your school! Applications are being accepted now. The deadline is September. For Dekalb County public schools only! 

Monday April 14th Mountain Shadow Garden Club 7:30PM 
If you need a break from preparing taxes, plan to attend the regular monthly meeting of at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. Sara Henderson will speak on “Unusual Bulbs for Fall Planting”. Sara is a lifelong Atlanta gardener, garden designer, frequent lecturer including the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Southeastern Flower Show, Spruill Center for the Arts, Lanier Museum of Natural History, and Georgia Department of Agriculture. She is the Past President of the Georgia Perennial Plant Association and Past President of the American Hydrangea Society. She has appeared on Georgia Gardener for PBS and HGTV’s A Gardener’s Diary. MSGC is open to men and women of all ages who enjoy learning more about a wide variety of gardening topics. Free. For more information call club president Jeff Raines 404-641-8633. 

Saturday April 19th Brockett Elementary School Cleanup 9AM – 12PM
 The Brockett School cleanup continues to be a collaboration between Tucker Civic Association, Brockett Elementary PTA, and the Brockett Road neighborhoods to help fix their nature trail, outdoor classroom, and surrounding grounds. 

Saturday April 26th Tucker Historical Society Plant Swap 8AM – 1PM Tucker First Baptist Church Parking Lot – Bring a plant – take a plant at this annual event. 

Saturday April 26th The Tucker Nature Preserve's Earth-Day Cleanup 9AM – 12N Please join Tucker Civic Association and Friends of Tucker Nature Preserve for their fourth annual "Great American Cleanup" event. Volunteers will be removing invasive plants, performing maintenance on the new walking trails, and mulching the newly-planted native trees and shrubs. Bring rakes, shovels, loppers and work gloves, if you can. Breakfast foods, coffee and water will be provided. Park at the Tucker-Reid H. Cofer Library and walk one block to the Preserve, or park at Walmart and cross the street at the cross walk. [email protected] for more info. 

Saturday April 26th Mountain Shadow Garden Club Plant Sale 8AM - 3PM This popular an annual event will be held in the parking lot at Eastminster Presbyterian Church. The sale offers a wide range of perennials, annuals, shrubs, and other plants and garden materials that are well adapted to the local area. Club members with many years of experience in gardening around this area will be on-hand to help customers make selections and learn about caring for new purchases. For further information call Scott Uthlaut at 770-923-9762. 

Saturday May 10th Tucker Day
 

Saturday May 17th Tucker Historical Society’s 12th Annual Garden Tour 9AM - 5PM There are five private gardens on the tour as well as the Master Gardener’s Butterfly Garden. Tickets will be available at The Garden Enthusiast and other locations on April 25th. 

OTHER BACKYARD NATURE EVENTS 

Now - April 15th Gibbs Gardens Daffodil Festival They will be open six days a week during this time. They have more than 50 acres, 16 - 20 million daffodil blossoms and 60 varieties. 1987 Gibbs Dr, Ball Ground, GA 30107

 Friday April 11th & Saturday April 12th Chattahoochee Nature Center Spring Native Plant Sale 10AM – 5PM Plants for every garden…from full sun to full shade! Join us at the CNC Greenhouse! Horticulturists and Master Gardeners will be on-site to answer questions. Butterfly Host and Nectar Plants - Milkweed, Hibiscus, Salvias, Asters, Fennel, Bee Balm, and Joe Pye Weed; Blooming Trees and Shrubs, Native Azaleas and Beautyberries, Early Bloomers, Columbine, Geranium, Beardtongue, and Irises, Shade-Loving Groundcovers, Ferns, Alumroot, Foam Flower, and Phloxes; plus at the Unity Garden - a wide selection of herb and veggie seedlings available. For more information, (770) 992-2055 or www.chattnaturecenter.org 

Friday April 11th Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College A Walk in the Garden with Tom Patrick and John Little looking for trilliums at 10:30AM followed by presentation at 12N by Tom on “Trilliums". Plant sale from 10AM – 2PM. If desired, bring a lunch. 

Saturday April 12th Georgia Native Plant Society Spring Plant Sale 10AM - 2PM This annual plant sale will again be held at McFarlane Nature Park in Marietta. Saturday April 12th Georgia Iris Society Meeting 2PM Please join us as we prepare for our annual Iris Show. Ken Duke, G.I.S. member, Master Iris Judge and landscaper and owner, Proterra Iris Gardens will present how to display blooms and tips for preparing floral designs. All are welcome to join us for education, recreation, beautification and fellowship. Meeting will be at Northlake Barbara Loar Library. For more information contact Kathy Blackwell, President – 678 583 8603. 

Saturday April 12th & Sunday April 13th Chattahoochee Unit of the American Herb Society Plant Sale 9AM – 4P 
The sale will be at the Atlanta Botanical Garden and offers many varieties of unusual and hard to find herbs along with vendors offering garden inspired crafts. Garden Admission is required. 

April 18th Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College A Walk in the Garden with George Sanko looking for easy to grow ferns at 10:30AM followed by presentation at 12N by George on “The Flora of Natural Bridge & Red River Gorge". Plant sale from 10AM – 2PM. If desired, bring a lunch. 

Saturday April 19th Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College Spring Plant sale 10AM – 2PM Cash or check only 

Saturday April 19th Piedmont Gardener’s Tour of Athens Gardens 10AM – 4PM 
Want to do a day trip to enjoy some diverse gardens in Athens? There are five gardens on this tour. Tickets are $15 prior to the tour date and $20 the day of the tour. For more information, go to www.piedmontgardeners.org

April 25 Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College A Walk in the Garden
 with Karen Lindauer looking at woodland gardens at 10:30AM followed by presentation at 12N by Eddi Minche on “Pollinators for the Garden" . Plant sale from 10AM – 2PM. If desired, bring a lunch.

 April 25th - 27th Southeastern Flower Show 10AM – 6PM
 Returning to our roots, we are bringing the Southeastern Flower Show back into the community at the Buckhead Theater in Atlanta. The 2014 show will take place in an abbreviated show style and will set the stage for the 2015 Southeastern Flower Show and future shows to come. In spirit of continuous improvement, we are building upon the lessons learned from prior shows. We invite you to bring the whole family out to this historical Atlanta landmark and come enjoy the spring weather in the park, listen to some renowned plant speakers and accomplished chefs or take a stroll through the marketplace and see unique offerings from our vendors. For more information go to http://www.sehort.org/gardenshow/garden-show/ 

Saturday April 26th Dekalb Master Gardener's (DMGA) Annual Plant Sale 9AM - 1PM Tried and true perennials and a few small trees and houseplants from the gardens of Master Gardeners and their friends will be for sale. Proceeds from this sale benefits the scholarships we give to DeKalb Horticulture students at Gwinnett Technical College. The sale will be held in the parking lot next to the church at the intersection of Oak Grove Rd. and Fairoaks Rd. For more info go to www.dmga.org 

Saturday April 26th 10 am-5 pm and 7-9 pm & Sunday April 27th Noon-5 pm Annual Decatur Garden Tour This year’s 26th anniversary tour expands into greater Decatur. Our theme is the woodland garden and we will feature eight private gardens and three public treasures: the Wylde Center, Hawk Hollow, and the Woodlands Garden. There will be plant sales at two locations, a children’s art market, musical performances and an opportunity to take in our presenting sponsors beautiful rose garden by candlelight Saturday evening. 

Saturday April 26th Woodlands Garden Youth Art Market 11AM – 3PM This will be held in conjunction with the Decatur Garden Tour. The market, to be held on Woodlands' meadow, will feature 25 booths showcasing young local residents' creativity. Poetry on Demand, pillows and purses, hair accessories, leather and wood works, pottery, needlework, recycled and repurposed products will be available, with full proceeds going to the youthful designers. 

Saturday April 26th Trees of Atlanta Champion Tree Walk with Eli Dickerson 10AM – 12PM This 2 hour walk will help attendees learn all about what a champion tree is, where to find them in Atlanta, how to submit a large tree to be considered as a Champion, and to become more familiar with identifying trees in the Park. Meet at 10am at the corner of Beech Valley Road NE and Pasadena Ave NE in the Morningside Neighborhood (Herbert Taylor Park). Bring water, cameras, and note-taking supplies if you’d like. 

Sunday April 27th Trees of Atlanta Biking Tour with Linc Weis 9:30AM – 12PM This family oriented ride visits the Virginia-Highland Neighborhood Arboretum as well as a stretch of the Eastside Trail of the Atlanta Beltline while showcasing diverse ornamental and flowering trees. This easy ride has options of 2 or 4 miles of touring and can be managed by most elementary school kids. Younger children are welcome as passengers in bike seats and trailers driven by adults. Frequent stops and interesting stories accommodate all ages. Feel free to bring your own refreshments. 

May 2nd Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College A Walk in the Garden with Bill Belknap looking at Granite Outcrop and More at 10:30AM followed by presentation at 12N by Richard & Theresa Ware on “Rare Plants of Georgia" . Plant sale from 10AM – 2PM. If desired, bring a lunch. 

Saturday May 3rd ‘Theatrical Iris” – A Standard Flower Show 11AM – 4PM presented by The Georgia Iris Society (Member of the Dekalb Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. in cooperation with The American Iris Society). This show will be held at St. Bartholomew Episcopal Church. Judging will be from 9:30-10:30AM. Free entry and admission. For more information call Kathy Blackwell at 678 583 8603 or Diana Wright at 770 621 3864. 

May 3rd Native Plant Botanical Garden at Georgia Perimeter College Plant Sale 10AM – 2PM Cash or check only Sunday May 4th Annual Georgia Iris Society Iris Sale 1PM – 5PM (or until sold out). This sale will be held at the BOLTON GARDEN at 1916 Idlewood Road Tucker GA 30084. For more information contact Kathy Blackwell at 678 583 8603. Saturday May 10th Georgia Hosta Society 2014 Cut Leaf Show and Plant sale: "A Sterling Event - Our Silver Anniversary Show" 9AM – 3:30PM This annual event will be held at the Wesley Center of the Tucker United Methodist Church. The plant sale opens at 9AM and the show at 10AM. 

Saturday June 7th Behind the Garden Gate 9AM – 3PM GFWC Lilburn Woman’s Club presents its debut tour of Lilburn gardens
. Eight gardens will be on the tour. Tickets: $20 Saturday June 21st The Daylily Society of Greater Atlanta & The Cobb County Daylily Society Daylily Show and Plant Sale 12PM – 4PM. This 10th Annual event will be held at the Cobb Galleria Center 

GARDENING 

At a keynote speech of the Urban Agriculture Conference in New York, organized by The Horticultural Society of New York, George Ball, Burpee Chairman and CEO told the group of leading-edge urban gardeners to “stop and smell the cut flowers”. “Vegetables are fuel for our body, but flowers connect with the deepest parts of our spirit.” It’s that time of year that many of us look forward to – spring in the garden - the array of flowers blooming, the smells – and just the chance to get out and enjoy our gardens in our great spring weather. Of course, this also means there are always opportunities for chores, too! Here are a few things you might want to do this month: 
  • Remove and replace or freshen (if there is no evidence of disease or insects) mulch to keep down the weeds and to keep in the moisture. 
  • Start cutting warm-season turf such as Bermuda, St. Augustine, and centipede removing only about the top third of the grass blades each cutting during the spring. Feed your fescue lawns and Zoysia and Bermuda grass once they’ve greened up by at least 50%.
  •  Plant your herbs, vegetables, bulbs, annuals and perennials. These will encourage beneficial insects like Ladybugs to you garden. 
  • If you’ve got some herbaceous perennials (those that die back in the fall & return in the spring) or bulbs that need to be divided, you can do that now also. Share the extra with friends. 
  • Do some weeding. Weeds compete with our plants for water and nutrients so before it gets too hot, try rid the garden of them. 
  • Remove dead flowers to encourage new growth. As the flowers die back on your daffodils and tulips, remove them and fertilize but let the foliage stay. 
  • Prune spring-flowering shrubs after they finish blooming as needed. Move your houseplants outside and start monthly fertilization. 

As you’re out buying plants from many of the sales in the next few weeks, buy native when you can. They are lower maintenance and bring more birds and butterflies to your garden. 

Focus on cucumbers this month It's time to start choosing cucumber varieties! We have a wonderful selection of Botanical Interests cucumbers. The cucumber is one of the top five most popular garden vegetables, probably because it is adaptable and very easy to grow. Cucumbers require significant water - when grown in very high temperatures or with inadequate water, they can become increasingly bitter. Many of the newer varieties we carry, though, have no bitterness even under stress. They grow best in full sun; prefer a light, fertile, well drained soil, and long, deep waterings rather than frequent sprinklings. Cucumbers also adapt well to vertical growing - help the young cucumber plants find the structure by placing their tendrils around the support. Cucumbers also do very well in containers if kept properly moist. There are three rules for harvesting cucumbers - pick, pick, pick. If mature fruit is left on the vine, the plant figures it has finished production and will stop setting fruit. To harvest, cut the cuke from the plant rather than twisting it. Refrigerate as soon as possible. 

Cucumber Lemon: 65 days. This adorable cucumber looks like a lemon, eats like an apple! Sweet and crisp, mild flavor. Slicer or pickler.  

Cucumber Marketmore: 60 days. This old garden favorite delivers plenty of crisp and delicious slicing cucumbers with unbeatable flavor. Does well under adverse weather conditions. 

Cucumber Baby Persian: 48 days. Snack size, seedless, thin skinned, non-bitter, for the greenhouse or garden. High yielding, & starts early. Delicious eaten in the garden, packed into a lunch box, or added to salad, these crunchy mini-cucumbers are quite tasty! 

Cucumber Spacemaster: 62 days. A very compact, bushy plant that won't take over your entire garden. Very small, 2' - 3' vines won't take up the whole garden and is great for containers. Telegraphed Improved: 60 days. Enjoy sweet, delicious English cucumbers at teatime or dinnertime. Long, slender fruits have few seeds.

For Earth Day on the 22nd think reduce, re-use and recycle! You can make a difference. Check out these statistics to see how you’re impact on conservation and remember every little bit helps! 
  • Aluminum can be endlessly recycled. Even though we use over 80 billion aluminum cans every year, they account for less than 1% of waste because of recycling. 
  • Recycling of all of our newspapers every year would save 25 million trees. 
  • We use 2.5 million plastic bottles every year. Recycling plastic saves twice as much energy as burning it. 
  • A glass bottle would take thousands of years to decompose – recycle and save energy.
  •  Discarded packaging accounts for 65% of household trash. 
  • Enough Hershey‘s Kisses are wrapped in aluminum foil every day to cover 40 football fields, and all of it is recyclable. 
Do you have your recycling bin yet? If not, sign up at: http://www.co.dekalb.ga.us/dekalb_recycles/pdf/curbside_recycling_registration_form.pdf 

BIRDING 

On April 1st my husband and I had a wonderful visit with Lou from the Atlanta Audubon Society. As a result, we received our Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Certification. I have taken the certification course, so maybe I’ll be the one that gets called to certify your garden. Ask us about how you take that first step! 

Spring migration has begun and with it a plethora of birds we haven’t seen for a while- many species of warblers, thrushes, grosbeaks and others. We’ve had reports of hummingbirds already – so make sure your feeders are up. 
It’s a wonderful time to take the opportunity to relax and watch your feeders and birdbaths. Live streaming videos have become one of the latest bird-watching activities. Check out Cornell Lab of Ornithology newest one from Kauai, Hawaii: http://cams.allaboutbirds.org/channel/41/Laysan_Albatross/ There is also a Bald Eagle’s Nest at: http://www.apl.tv/bird.htm 

Bird of the Month: Common Nighthawk 


  • Common Nighthawks roost during the day. You might catch them sleeping on a fencepost. They are medium-sized and mottled with gray, white, black, and brown colors that provide great camouflage. 
  • They have a flattened head with a small beak, notched tail, and white wing patches. 
  • Common Nighthawks are aerial foragers and eat insects almost exclusively. They are most active at dawn and dusk. You might see them around street lights snapping up flying insects. 
  • They have 1-2 broods per year. The eggs are laid directly on the ground and usually out in the open but they also nest on flat gravel roofs. The clutch size is 6-7 eggs and is laid over 1-2 days. Incubation period is 16-20 days and the nesting period is 17-18 days. The eggs are creamy white to pale olive gray and heavily speckled with gray, brown, and black. 
  • You may hear their loud call (peent or pee-yah) at dusk. 
  • The Common Nighthawk has a life span of 4-5 years. 
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). A several this month (*) that are close by. 

Wednesday April 9th Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 7:30AM Birding focus: Kennesaw Mountain is the premier migrant hotspot in the southeast. We'll be looking for migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Bring water and snacks. All levels are welcome. 

Thursday April 10th Murphey Candler Park 7:30AM Birding focus: Three main habitats (lake, wetlands, mixed woods) provide good species diversity. We'll look for residents and spring migrants, 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. This site can be especially good for beginning birders. 

Saturday April 12th Newman Wetlands Center and Huie Ponds of the CCWA 8AM
 Birding focus: Resident and migrating waterfowl, raptors, and woodland birds. Saturday April 12th Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve 8:15AM Birding focus: Blooming Elf Orpine! Oh right, that's not a bird. Elf Orpine is an unusual and rare wildflower particular to piedmont rock outcrops. This should be a good time of year to catch these wildflowers in full bloom. And we may even see some birds, including early Warbler migrants, Meadowlark, Sparrows, Indigo Bunting and local residents. 

Sunday April 13th Noonday Creek Trail 8AM
 Birding focus: Migrants and residents in wetland and woodland habitats. Likely species include Great Blue Heron, woodpeckers, thrushes, warblers, and vireos. Any level of skill is welcome. 

Wednesday April 16th Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 7:30AM
 Birding focus: Migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Bring water and snacks. All levels are welcome. 

*Thursday April 17th Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve 7:30AM
 Birding focus: Permanent residents and spring migrants of wetlands and woodlands. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. 

Saturday April 19th Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 7:30AM 
Birding focus: Migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Bring water and snacks. All levels are welcome. 

Saturday April 19th Georgia International Horse Park 7:30AM
 Birding focus: The horse park property is a diverse collection of open and forested habitats bordering both the Yellow River corridor and a large wetland associated with Big Haynes Creek. The property supports many species of neo-tropical migrants, and provides breeding habitat for both open country, wetland, and forest species. During migration, we can expect to find 70 or more species of birds including: Acadian and Great-Crested Flycatchers, Kentucky, Prothonotary and Hooded Warblers, Summer Tanager, Blue Grosbeak and many others. 

Wednesday April 23rd Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 7:30AM 
Birding focus: Migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Bring water and snacks. All levels are welcome. 

Thursday April 24th Heritage Park 8:30AM
 Birding focus: Migrants and resident birds of the wetlands and woodlands. Heritage Park is a 105-acre nature preserve. The park's 1.7-mile walking trail has an elevated boardwalk over wetlands, travels through forests along Nickajack Creek, passes the ruins of Concord Woolen Mills, and is near the historic Concord Covered Bridge. This is a good site for novice or beginning birders; families and children are welcome on this walk. 

Friday April 25th Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 7:30AM
 Birding focus: Migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. Bring water and snacks. All levels are welcome. 

Saturday April 26th Euharlee Conservation District 7AM Birding focus: Join Joshua Spence for a rare opportunity to walk on a private estate, through the hardwood forest in the "saddle" between the unusual double ridges of Dobbins Mountain. Protected by a conservation easement administered by the City of Euharlee, the wildlife refuge offers over 100 acres of contiguous hardwood forest. During calendar year 2011, Joshua identified 89 different bird species within the refuge's boundaries. We will mostly be looking for migrant passerines and forest dwelling songbirds such as warblers, vireos, tanagers, etc. This will be a moderately difficult hike, covering about 4 miles. Bring sturdy walking shoes, binoculars, picnic lunch and plenty of liquids. Insect repellent is also recommended. A Porta-Pottie will be provided. NOTE: Attendees will be required to sign a waiver to participate in this bird walk. 

Saturday April 26th Hard Labor Creek State Park 2PM
 Birding focus: Hard Labor Creek boasts a variety of habitats and has a history of birds like Loggerhead Shrikes, American Kestrels, and a variety of waterfowl on Lake Rutledge. We'll look for residents and migrants, including woodland birds, waterfowl, and raptors.

 *Monday April 28th Clyde Shepherd Nature Preserve 7:30AM
 Birding focus: Permanent residents and spring migrants of wetlands and woodlands. This walk is suitable for adults and children over 14 years of age. 

Wednesday April 30th Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park 7:30AM
 Birding focus: Migrating flycatchers, vireos, thrushes, warblers, tanagers, and grosbeaks. All levels are welcome. Saturday May 3rd Piedmont Park 8AM Birding focus: Migratory, permanent & winter residents. All levels welcome. Excellent for beginning birders or those desiring gentle terrain. 

*Saturday May 3rd Stone Mountain Park Songbird Habitat and Trail 8AM Birding focus: This will be a 1.5 mile easy walk for all skill levels. The Songbird Habitat is managed in an early successional stage & is an excellent spot for Indigo Buntings, Yellow-breasted Chats, Sparrows, Blue Grosbeaks, and others. During migration many of the wood warblers and other migrants will be here, too. Please bring your own binoculars. 


Hope to see you soon, 
Linda, Brittany, Jessica, Jeremy & Greyson 

The Garden Enthusiast - Backyard Nature Station 
2316 D Main Street Tucker, GA 30084 Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am – 6PM Sunday: Closed 
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