Dolphins catch, release for contaminant study a ''success''

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources teamed with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Oceans and Human Health Initiative and Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program and other scientists to catch, examine and release nearly 30 bottlenose dolphins off Brunswick and Sapelo Island in August. The effort was part of a continuing probe into levels of contaminants such as PCBs in resident dolphins, with related work involving dolphin identification and movements.

Where learning wild is easy

Friday, Jan. 18, 2-4 p.m.

Adopt-A-Highway Cleanup

Give back to the community by helping to beautify CEWCs Ga. 11 stretch! Meet volunteer coordinator Linda May at the Visitors Center before heading out. Participants must sign a waiver form to volunteer. Please dress for the outdoors and bring your own gloves. Orange vests and trash bags will be provided. Call Linda May at (770) 784-3059 if you would like to pitch in!


Saturday, Jan. 26, 10 a.m.-noon

Study documents secretive bats, favored habitats

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 3, 2008) -- A student's summer spent slogging through Georgia swamps with a flashlight in hand has shed light on the range and favored shelter of a most secretive bat.

Matt Clement, a graduate student in the Warnell School of Forestry and Natural Resources at the University of Georgia, wanted to find at least 30 Rafinesque's big-eared bats, a number approximately equal to the previously documented records of the species in Georgia. He also hoped to characterize the bats' roosting habitat.

Nongame work also aids other wildlife

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (Jan. 3, 2008) -- Jason Wisniewski hopes to spend 40 days hunting deer and other game this season. In late November, however, the wildlife biologist with the Wildlife Resources Division's Nongame Conservation Section was hunting for endangered mussels on Florida's Apalachicola River, part of a federal survey spurred by drought and dropping lake levels upstream in Georgia.

Study seen as key to shad, locks in southwest Georgia

BAINBRIDGE (March 6, 2008) -- The Alabama shad, once abundant enough to support commercial fisheries in Alabama, Kentucky, Indiana and Iowa, is now considered rare throughout much of its former range and listed as a species of concern by NOAA National Marine Fisheries.

State-listed in Georgia as threatened, this species now occurs only in the northern Gulf of Mexico and contributing coastal rivers, with the largest population found below Jim Woodruff Lock and Dam in the Apalachicola River.

Tax checkoff an easy way to support Georgia wildlife

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (March 6, 2008) -- As Georgians file their annual income tax forms, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Resources Division wants to remind residents they can support wildlife at tax time each year. The State Income Tax Checkoff provides a hassle-free option for donating to the Wildlife Conservation Fund. Proceeds from this initiative are used to fund critical wildlife conservation projects statewide.