New Project WILD leader is a natural

SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (March 6, 2008) -- Who's teaching Georgia's teachers how to go wild in the classroom? Mary Terry, of course the new Project WILD coordinator for Georgia's educators.

After serving more than 14 years as an interpretive park ranger/naturalist for Davidson-Arabia Mountain Nature Preserve in Lithonia, Terry joined the Georgia Wildlife Resources Division in February, bringing to the states Project WILD program a wealth of knowledge, and most importantly, a contagious enthusiasm and love for Georgia's wildlife.


Botanical trivia

Check your plant IQ with these multiple choice questions. Answers below.

1. How many plant species are there in Georgia?
a) 500
b) 1,000
c) 2,500
d) 4,000

2. Which one of these is not a plant?
a) grass
b) mushroom
c) shrub
d) tree

3. Where do plants get their "food" from?
a) nutrients in soil
b) energy from sunlight
c) carbon dioxide in air
d) all of the above

All who know 'Petey' will agree: environmental honor fits

By Deron Davis

At its annual conference in March, the Environmental Education Alliance of Georgia honored Petey Giroux with the group's Eugene Odum Lifetime Achievement Award.

Anyone who knows Petey knows how committed she is to making the world a better place. Her enthusiasm for people and the planet is so great she has developed an enormous and diverse network of fans. 

Birding boot camp brings south Georgia's wild side in focus

By Rick Lavender

The mist and morning sun seemed to bring the best out of Silver Lake's birds.

Arch-winged ospreys guarded ragged nests in tall snags. Fish crows lumbered past, their twangy caws giving away their identity. The strong "tea kettle, tea kettle, tea kettle" song of a Carolina wren pierced the background chatter of songbirds along the shore. Lanky cormorants fled for the lake's far edge where swallows swarmed, barely visible.

The first TERN board

Eva Persons
Emmy Minor
Jaydee Atkins Ager
Herb Cawthorne
Jackson Daniel
Pat Edwards
Moses McCall
Lenetta Root
Kaye Wansley
Peter Abt
Tricia Allen
Gary Breece
Maurice Crenshaw
Terry Johnson
Larry Hodges
Suzanne Rogers
Jerry Payne


Zahnd blends bizarre, wonderful

By Matt Elliott

The Zahnd Natural Area in Walker County covers some 1,380 acres of the Cumberland Plateau physiographic region. Zahnd sits on the eastern edge of Lookout Mountain and across McLemore Cove from Pigeon Mountain.

The Zahnd family donated the original 163 acres to the state in 1940. Another 1,208 acres were bought in 2003 from the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia using money from the state's Nongame Wildlife Conservation Fund and the State Wildlife Grants Program.

Conserving the robust redhorse

Discovered by the naturalist Edward Cope in 1869, the robust redhorse (Moxostoma robustum) was generally thought extinct and had been lost to science for more than 100 years until a population was found in the Oconee River in 1991. Nicknamed the "mystery fish" by researchers, this rare member of the sucker family has been the focus of ongoing research projects to determine the status of existing populations and initiate recovery efforts across the fish's three-state range Georgia and the Carolinas.

Maybe good things rub off

By John Fuchs

Today was fishing day at the summer camp my 8-year-old granddaughter, Carolyn, attends at Charles Elliot Wildlife Center. Carolyn likes for me to go with her on this particular day, mainly because it is another chance for us to fish together. Of course I am always glad to oblige, after all, I am a volunteer at the center, and the fishing events are some of my favorite interest. A lot of parents and grandparents also come on fishing day to help the kids.