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Have a question about nature? Junior Rangers can submit their questions to the Chief Naturalist.
Dear Chief Naturalist,
What is the worst invasive plant pest in Georgia?
Solomon, age 10
Cogon grass (pictured above) probably poses the worst threat in Georgia. The Georgia Forestry Commission has issued a statewide alert for cogon grass and is monitoring the plant wherever it is found.
Wood Warblers are a family of brightly colored, fast moving, little birds. Most of the warblers that live in Georgia go south in the winter. Their return in the spring is highly anticipated by birdwatchers.
The "masked bandit" pictured is a common yellowthroat, one of just 24 warbler species that breed in Georgia. It can be found nesting in wetland areas across the state. About 1/3 of Georgia's warblers nest only in the mountains.