"Out My Backdoor" Column

The Out My Backdoor column featured in Georgia Wild is written by Terry W. Johnson, a retired DNR nongame program manager and executive director of The Environmental Resources Network (TERN). Johnson also writes the Backyard Wildlife Connection blog and has authored books, including his latest, “A Journey of Discovery: Monroe County Outdoors.”

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February 24, 2017

  • Georgia's first documented wind scorpion.
  • Rescued North Atlantic right whale returns north.
  • Must-see photos: great white sharks and an alligator "chin-up."

March 9, 2017

  • Tracking a third Georgia golden eagle.
  • Wildlife as weather prognosticators.
  • Updates on Tallulah Gorge peregrines and the coastal war against invasives.

April 5, 2017

  • Defense Department initiative will help conserve tortoises.
  • Finessing fire for young longleaf forest at Big Dukes WMA.
  • Kindergartners at Decatur school learn, give for nongame.

April 26, 2017

  • Questions trail right whale's near-record low calving season.
  • Alapaha River WMA features wildlife, wild places.
  • Columnist Terry W. Johnson on hunting zebras in Georgia.

May 17, 2017

  • Bald eagle nest total soars.
  • Endangered bee watch on.
  • Backyard nest borrowers.
  • Rare plant rediscovered.

​May 25, 2017

  • Can’t-miss cottonmouth video.
  • Eagle release at West Point.
  • Updates on rare birds and frogs.

June 15, 2017

  • On the trail of more manatees.
  • Terry W. Johnson on our most overlooked songbird.
  • Paulding Forest and Sheffield WMAs—Atlanta's wild neighbors.

June 27, 2017

  • A license-change bonus for public lands.
  • Shadowing rare sparrows to help save them.
  • Seen a spotted skunk? Let us know.

July 14, 2017

  • Working the turtle beach.
  • Conserving Altamaha 'paradise'.
  • White-nose syndrome survey results.
  • How to sort out summer hummers.

September 7, 2017

  • The caterpillar/native plants connection.
  • Partnership powers mussel conservation.
  • "Team Tortoise" bodes well for gopher tortoises.

September 21, 2017

  • Bird Island birds beat storm.
  • Searching for rare darters.
  • A trunk organizer for your 2 cents.
  • Sorting cottonmouth fact and myth.

October 7, 2017

  • Big Turtle Year seeks big snappers.
  • Add fall color to your yard.
  • Renew a license plate, help wildlife.

November 1, 2017

  • Rapping wildlife tags.
  • Rare birds back at River Creek.
  • Why add nest boxes before winter.
  • Watching for North Atlantic right whales.

December 8, 2017

  • Conserving Lee County wetlands.
  • Thumbs up for downy woodpeckers.
  • State's newest orchid found at Sansavilla.
  • Berry airlift: Eagle (briefly) tackles big limb.

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February 13, 2016

  • Bat rescue at a middle Georgia bridge.
  • Prescribed fire season off to a hot start.
  • Prevent health issues at your bird feeders in winter.
  • Action heats up nest cams streamed by conservation partners and DNR.

February 25, 2016

  • A second golden eagle in Georgia is being tracked by transmitter.
  • 'Tis the season for spotting spotted turtles.
  • The state's oldest known American oystercatcher is re-banded, and what that means for conserving these shorebirds.

March 8, 2016

  • A blue-ribbon recommendation for conserving the nation's nongame wildlife.
  • Who pays to conserve the 95-plus percent of Georgia wildlife that isn't hunted, fished for or collected?
  • Plus, the search for a bald eagle shooter, counting manatees and growing great-horned owlets.

March 23, 2016

  • Status reports on how rare wildlife, from diamondback rattlers to one-toed amphiuma, are faring.
  • How prescribed fire is restoring forests at Tallulah Gorge.
  • More larvae of endangered salamanders are found at Mayhaw Wildlife Management Area.

April 7, 2016

  • Results from a second winter of tracking North Atlantic right whales.
  • When gopher tortoises win the day—at least for one day.
  • Why the Atlanta falcons camera is a no-show this spring.

April 19, 2016

  • A mussel and watersnake interaction you've probably never seen.
  • How a long-billed curlew in Georgia is helping unveil a migration mystery.
  • The man who has helped manage River Creek wildlife for 50-plus years.
  • Georgia Botanical Society focuses on conserving Coastal Plain bogs.

May 17, 2016

  • White-nose survey surveys track drastic declines in Georgia bats.
  • Nest news updates, from eagles topping 200 nests to peregrines returning to Tallulah Gorge.
  • One backyard party you'll never get an invite to, and with good reason.

June 1, 2016

  • Double-help for hellbenders—nest boxes and north Georgia school.
  • More manatees followed in round II of tracking project.
  • Red-cockaded woodpecker nesting going strong at Silver Lake.

June 16, 2016

July 7, 2016

  • Manatee "subs" used in tracking project.
  • Is there a snake doctor in the yard? Yes!
  • Study explores survival of gator snapping turtles.

July 26, 2016

  • Loggerhead sea turtles surge past a recovery milestone.
  • New coloring book connects children to Georgia wildlife.
  • A surprise red-cockaded woodpecker at Moody Forest.

August 12, 2016

  • Brasstown Valley can add another rare turtle to the resort's story.
  • In Georgia, Carolina bishopweed had been lost—but now it's found.
  • A long-billed curlew has completed a round-trip from Georgia to Canada.

August 30, 2016

  • Ogre-faced spiders, with their silk-casting skills, are here.
  • Nongame's new eagle-and-flag tag takes off.
  • Sightings spread known range of secretive skinks.

September 28, 2016

  • Controlling catfish invaders on the lower Satilla River.
  • Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance rates "outstanding."
  • Video profile of DNR coastal bird biologist Tim Keyes.

October 13, 2016

  • Searching for alligator snapping turtles.
  • Rare glimpses of Florida pine snakes.
  • Latest listing decisions affect Georgia species.

November 1, 2016

  • Explore Georgia's fishes on Flickr.
  • Wildlife-related videos worth watching.
  • How teamwork is helping restore bog habitats.

December 23, 2016

  • New hope for Moody Forest WMA woodpeckers.
  • Revised State Wildlife Action Plan in play.
  • Rescued bald eagle flies wild again.

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January 27, 2015

  • Georgia wildlife cams are drawing fans by the flock.
  • DNR competitions that connect kids with the outdoors celebrate milestones.
  • Conservation ups, downs in 2014 chronicled by Nongame Conservation Section's annual report.

February 25, 2015

  • First Georgia golden eagle trapped and tracked in regional research project.
  • Claxton expects a crowd for its 48th annual Rattlesnake and Wildlife Festival.
  • How to help chickadees in your yard.

March 31, 2015

  • Satellite tagging started this winter off the Georgia/Florida coast tracked three North Atlantic right whales, one as far as Massachusetts.
  • Mayhaw WMA produced something this year not seen in Georgia for more than a decade—endangered reticulated flatwoods salamanders.
  • A new survey shows that alligator snapping turtles are slow to rebound in the Flint River after intensive trapping 25 years ago.

April 9, 2015

  • Monitoring 'mice with wings'—Henslow's sparrows.
  • Hummer how-to for your yard.
  • Plus: Teaming With Wildlife Fly-in follow-up, a short-finned pilot whale strands on Little St. Simons and rare salamanders found at Fort Stewart.

April 24, 2015

  • Bird's-eye view of bald eagles' big year.
  • Another bad winter for Georgia bats.
  • Plus: New Atlanta peregrine falcons, a returning whimbrel and the 10th annual Youth Birding Competition.

May 19, 2015

  • Georgia's first documented peregrine falcon nest in a natural setting in 79 years is found at Tallulah Gorge State Park.
  • Limiting pesticides can help wildlife in your backyard.
  • Tips for coping with bats in your buildings during the pup-rearing season.

May 29, 2015

  • "Georgia's war on invasives" series opens with a look at feral hogs and other key invaders.
  • Biologists document the first golden-winged warbler in two years of Brawley Mountain surveys.
  • Ties that bind fuel a prescribed burn in Taylor County.

June 18, 2015

  • Loggerhead sea turtle nesting is on record pace.
  • New project maps manatee movements on Georgia coast.
  • A common snapper that's anything but common.
  • State's largest gopher release boosts tortoise outlook at Yuchi WMA.
  • A native fine that's more than fine for hummingbirds.
  • Public feedback needed to help shape revised State Wildlife Action Plan.

June 30, 2015

  • Southeastern American kestrels get a needed boost from nest boxes on a Georgia Power transmission line in south Georgia.
  • Manatees tagged with satellite transmitters in Cumberland Sound have been hanging out near Kings Bay Naval Submarine Base, providing insights project leaders are hoping for.
  • Public feedback on a draft of Georgia's revised State Wildlife Action Plan is the focus of three upcoming meetings.

July 16, 2015

  • Watch what you plant—second part of invasive species series explores growing native.
  • Finding distant relatives of "thunder lizards" in your yard.
  • Start of birthday "season" could be big for Georgia's wildlife license plates.

July 25, 2015

  • How to rescue a sea turtle from the moat at a historic fort.
  • Despite dip, wood stork nesting still strong in state.
  • Striped newt work, plus names in the news.

August 13, 2015

  • DNR's new rare species range maps combine agency data with interactive mapping that all can use.
  • Videos spurred by the Nongame Conservation Section's hellbender project offer insights into Georgia hellbenders.
  • Why wildlife love poison ivy (why we don't needs no explanation).

August 28, 2015

  • A new nesting record for loggerhead sea turtles in Georgia.
  • Rehabbed bald eagles get a new (re)lease on life. Watch!
  • Take the annual Georgia Wild reader survey.

September 18, 2015

  • 50 years later, a DNR biologist returns to Ossabaw.
  • How hurricanes can hammer migrating songbirds.
  • Federal listing proposed for monkeyface orchid, Georgia's revised State Wildlife Action Plan has been delivered for U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service review and other updates.

September 29, 2015

  • How summer surveys for hellbenders went (plus, a rare find in Alabama).
  • Story and video of a hummingbird's close call with an orb weaver.
  • DNR ask for public's help in search for eagle's shooter.

October 8, 2015

  • Snake fungal disease found in two more Georgia snakes.
  • Morning glories, colorful natives with a cloudy reputation.
  • A rare Mississippi hellbender and an even more rare shorebird sighting.

October 29, 2015

  • The scary truth about bats.
  • An "ambassador" sea turtle at Jekyll returns to the wild.
  • Who earned this year's teaching conservation grant.
  • The second conviction for a sea turtle egg thief, and other wildlife news updates.

November 15, 2015

  • Fall surveys uncover new populations of rare Georgia aster in the state.
  • Rescuing a loggerhead sea turtle isn't supposed to be this easy.
  • Opossums and fascinating—those two words actually do go together.

December 21, 2015

  • Right whale calving season delivers right on time.
  • A bird for all seasons, particularly winter.
  • Plus, the top nongame headlines from 2015.

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February 7, 2014

  • Berry College's bald eagle nest camera is drawing thousands of viewers, and DNR has its cam in place to live-stream a peregrine falcons nest in Atlanta.
  • A landowner's interest in wildlife conservation could spur a new population of endangered red-cockaded woodpeckers in southwest Georgia's Baker County.
  • How not to miss out on winter wildlife in your backyard.
  • Updates on the North Atlantic right whale calving season, release of the Nongame Conservation Section's annual report and a new citizen-science project focused on wood frogs and spotted salamanders.

March 7, 2014

  • Biologists document white-nose syndrome in northeast Georgia.
  • Tallulah Gorge controlled burn is a success on all fronts.
  • Birding and art contests draw Georgia youth outdoors.
  • How backyard wildlife weather snow fallout.
  • Photos of screech owls that keep their prey close.

April 7, 2014

  • Slow calving season for rare right whales.
  • Get outdoors? New DNR web tool shows you where.
  • Sale of diamondback terrapins foiled.

April 23, 2014

  • License plate law changes will help tags give Georgia wildlife an even better chance.
  • When indigos tangle—Orianne Society staff get a rare video in the wild of male snakes fighting.
  • A DNR biologist blogs about the bat survey season and the disturbing spread of white-nose syndrome in the state.

May 23, 2014

  • Surveys show Georgia's bald eagle population soaring to new heights.
  • Biologists rescue a nest of red-shouldered hawks in Athens.
  • DNR and others agree to help conserve rare Georgia aster.
  • How to reduce the risk of birds striking windows at your home.
  • Loggerhead sea turtle nesting season begins, Atlanta falcon cam updates and more!

June 10, 2014

  • Help DNR monitor bats this summer.
  • Bogfathers and the Bog Learning Network return to Rabun County.
  • A catty bird you want in your yard.

June 27, 2014

  • Set for down-listing, wood storks post record nest year in Georgia.
  • Management pays off for endangered dwarf sumac.
  • Aggressive invader Brazilian peppertree found on Jekyll Island causeway.
  • Plus: Mother and calf Kogia whales strand on Cumberland, and other news!

July 8, 2014

  • Wildlife tag prices rolled back and conservation benefits increased.
  • Loggerhead sea turtle nesting rates "average" this summer.
  • The life behind those blinking lights in your yard.

July 18, 2014

  • A national nonprofit hopes to involve more children and teens in birding, using as a model the DNR Youth Birding Competition that biologist Tim Keyes (above) started.
  • TERN names Greg Greer of Marietta it's Outstanding Volunteer of the Year.
  • Loggerhead nesting season turns the corner—hatchlings begin emerging, starting at Tybee Island.

August 11, 2014

  • Bachman's sparrows highlight grassland restoration success at Joe Kurz WMA.
  • Q&A with new Nongame Conservation Chief Jon Ambrose.
  • Tips for winning the war with feeder invaders.

August 25, 2014

  • A fungal disease affecting snakes is confirmed for the first time by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study in a free-ranging snake in Georgia.
  • Hirst Brothers' panic grass, a candidate species for federal listing, hadn't been documented in Georgia since 1947—until botanists found it this summer in Sumter County.
  • Plus: Prescribed fire spurs rare orchid at Fall Line Sandhills WMA, and other news!

September 12, 2014

  • The Go Fish Education Center's new underwater camera provides a live-streamed, high-definition look at life in the center's Piedmont Exhibit aquarium.
  • Jewelweed is a native plant wildlife lovers shouldn't overlook—hummingbirds certainly don't!
  • 2014's so-so summer for loggerhead nesting in Georgia is no cause for alarm, DNR's Sea Turtle Program coordinator says.

September 29, 2014

  • Rare video of hellbender breeding behavior.
  • Aerial images reveal the glory days of a Coastal Plain bog.
  • Endangered Species Act protection not needed for Georgia aster.

October 13, 2014

  • Savannah educator's bog project lands TERN teaching grant.
  • Why you should visit Ohoopee Dunes WMA...soon!
  • Wild myths we'd do well to forget.
  • Wildlife tags helping fund the battle for bats.

October 30, 2014

  • A Georgia study of predator control and nesting American oystercatchers provides insights that can help conserve the rare, red-beaked shorebirds.
  • Biologists are analyzing data from long-term research involving alligator snapping turtles in a southwest Georgia creek and lingering impacts of commercial harvest in the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Plus: A new conservation award cites land acquisition efforts including DNR and a nongame biologist is honored for years of work involving gopher tortoises.

November 13, 2014

  • Keep watch for whooping cranes, as the endangered birds migrate through Georgia—some with help from humans.
  • Why acorns are awesome for wildlife.
  • Conserving Georgia's rich lineup of fishes, mussels and crayfish—another example of nongame's wildlife license plates at work.

November 25, 2014

  • An Ohio zoo makes a "clutch" discovery for Georgia's Pigeon Mountain salamanders.
  • Teaming up to conserve montane longleaf pine ecosystems in and around Sprewell Bluff WMA.
  • Plus, finding more Georgia alder than thought, praise for Becoming an Outdoors-Woman and strides for land conservation nationwide during the mid-term elections.

December 18, 2014

  • South Georgia suspects cited for shooting wading birds in what one DNR veteran calls "the biggest disrespect to wildlife" he's seen.
  • A mother and calf mark the seasonal return of North Atlantic right whales to Georgia's coast.
  • Why eastern red cedar is a holiday favorite for wildlife.
  • Top Georgia nongame stories from 2014.

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January 25, 2013

  • Right whale calving season is looking good, so far.
  • One whale DNR helped disentangle has her first calf!
  • University of Montana students learn Rx fire in the South.
  • Terry Johnson on how birds cope with cold.
  • How the state income tax checkoff boosts wildlife.

February 28, 2013

  • Gopher frog eggs signal initial success for project.
  • Purple martins return—at least to some places!
  • Planning wild times at the Claxton festival.
  • Bear poachers caught, plus a black mamba hoax.

March 22, 2013

  • Bat-killing disease is discovered in Georgia.
  • New DNR cam live-streams nesting Atlanta falcons.
  • Why red buckeye is a bull's-eye for ruby-throats.

April 11, 2013

  • A discovery that may link Altamaha mussels to American shad.
  • Updated CD explores sounds and more of Georgia's frogs.
  • Honeysuckle that Georgians and wildlife can love.
  • Follow bat biologists as they track a killer—white-nose syndrome.
  • Bald eagle nesting updates, conserve Georgia wildlife at tax time and more DNR-managed habitat for endangered woodpeckers.

April 26, 2013

  • Survey probes impact of disease on bald eagles in Clarks Hill area.
  • Rx fire season in review—new partnerships, proven skills and...lemon pound cake.
  • The sound of gopher frog restoration success at Williams Bluffs Preserve (hear their low, snore-like calls in this clip!).
  • Falcons nest cam chat, winners in the Youth Birding Competition and Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest, and a national wildlife award for U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss.

May 14, 2013

  • Blind snakes worm their way onto the coast.
  • The arresting sight of rose-breasted grosbeaks.
  • Giving credit to Georgia's Conservation Tax Credits Program.
  • Banding video of Atlanta falcon nestlings, snail darters near Graysville and more rare plants at Oaky Woods WMA.

May 31, 2013

  • Satellite tracking reveals long-haul migration routes, key habitats for whimbrels.
  • Chattahoochee checks out for monitoring bats by water.
  • Research shows impact of entanglement on right whales, young peregrines take to the air and new video explores Go Fish Education Center.

June 12, 2013

  • River frogs are photographed metamorphosizing en masse in a south Georgia swamp.
  • DNR uses an ancient fishing practice called "hukilau" to rescue two dolphins on Little St. Simons.
  • Why feed birds in summer? Terry W. Johnson tells you.
  • A nest box showdown between common and not-so-common ducks at Di-Lane Plantation WMA.

June 29, 2013

  • 10 conservation stats that might surprise you.
  • Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance turns heads with national award.
  • Rangers rescue ospreys at Walter F. George, teens hone birding skills at Camp TALON and a rainbow snake grabs a meal—a long one.

July 12, 2013

  • Surveys show wood stork nesting not soaring but solid.
  • Still to come—summer's surge of hummers.
  • Georgia Wild survey asks: How are we doing?

July 27, 2013

  • The best website for details on rare wildlife in your county.
  • Video of an egg-hungry kingsnake vs. an egg-laying box turtle.
  • Loggerhead sea turtles top 2,000 nests again in Georgia, and other nongame news.

August 13, 2013

  • Georgia logs another record nesting season for loggerhead sea turtles.
  • Wildlife websites you need to know about.
  • The fleeting beauty of eastern tiger swallowtails.
  • Take our survey, win a wild T-shirt.

August 23, 2013

  • Rare salamander found in Ridge and Valley.
  • How Facebook saved a hummer.
  • Getting involved in citizen science.
  • Concerns about dolphin deaths along the East Coast.

September 6, 2013

  • A Nongame Conservation Section biologist coordinates Georgia's part in a new east coast-wide survey focused on shorebird populations and trends.
  • How to turn your yard into a needed stopover site for neotropical birds on the go.
  • The latest in longleaf habitat restoration grants.
  • Why this barking treefrog spotted in Barnesville looks so odd.

September 30, 2013

  • The search for hellbenders shifts to DNA in streams.
  • Feds propose red knots and Georgia rockcress for listing as threatened species.
  • Dolphin rescue captured on video.
  • Survey says...Your opinions pro and con about Georgia Wild.

October 11, 2013

October 31, 2013

  • Researchers find a a wealth of rare fishes and mussels in the Coosawattee River system.
  • A summer to remember for nesting loggerhead sea turtles (and greens!).
  • Also, recognition for DNR's Forest Management Unit, a stranded pygmy sperm whale on Jekyll Island and young whoopers on the move.
  • These photos of wildlife and wild places in the Coosawattee system.

November 12, 2013

  • Disease deadly to dolphins migrates south to Florida, likely also in Georgia.
  • Terry W. Johnson helps you make a decoration local wildlife will love.
  • Also learn about a lean fall for acorns in the mountains, sea turtle stranding updates and how national wildlife refuges strengthen our economy.

November 29, 2013

  • Bottlenose dolphin strandings surge in Georgia, likely indicating the arrival of morbillivirus.
  • Stream search for hellbender DNA turns up hits and misses, all of which will help scientists conserve the continent's largest salamanders.
  • Athens science educator Steven King is awarded TERN's 2013 teacher grant.

December 20, 2013

  • As North Atlantic right whales return to southeastern waters for the 2013–2014 calving season, scientists are watching a ship-scarred whale called Caterpillar, and hoping for her best.
  • Winter can bring some unexpected birds to your feeders (and here are some tips on how to attract them).
  • Dolphin disease confirmed in Georgia as strandings increase, how mussels fish, Panola Mountain grassland birds and the new Altamaha River app.

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January 2012

  • Claxton festival stops buying, selling wild rattlesnakes.
  • Safeguarded swamp pink produces state's first seedlings.
  • Board passes new rules to protect freshwater turtles.

February 2012

  • Nongame biologists search for white-nose syndrome.
  • Exploring efforts to build a better bluebird box.
  • What the Mid-winter Shorebird Survey showed.

March 9, 2012

  • Wildlife tax checkoff is critical to conservation.
  • Native snakes that fascinate scientists worldwide.
  • Explore the outdoors with new, free DNR app.

March 23, 2012

April 9, 2012

  • Survey shows bald eagle nests increasing.
  • Right whales suffer lean calving season.
  • Garden Club of Georgia honoring longtime DNR botanist.
  • Sea turtle strandings spike early.

April 19, 2012

May 4, 2012

  • A rare find involving endangered Indiana bats.
  • Dandelions don't deserve their bad reputation.
  • Water hyacinth pull yields wads of invasive plant.

May 25, 2012

  • Turning a sea turtle nesting "hat trick" on Cumberland.
  • Red-cockaded upswing tracked at Silver Lake WMA.
  • Reintroduction of indigos continues at Conecuh.
  • Whimbrels followed from Georgia range far and wide.

June 13, 2012

  • Growing-season burns boost habitat and wildlife.
  • DNR rangers intercept sea turtle eggs taken from Sapelo.
  • The weed that butterflies and other wildlife love.
  • Updates including a "Yankee" falcon nesting in Atlanta, GORP fees at work, a wandering Kemp's ridley marine turtle and one weird-looking spiny softshell.

June 29, 2012

  • Drought and "late" rains put a dent in wood stork nesting.
  • Scientists study how displaced tortoises acclimate.
  • Plus: Piedmont pelicans, a proposed bog refuge and video of a bald eagle release at Paradise Public Fishing Area.

July 12, 2012

  • Searching, and finding, a rare sunfish in south Georgia.
  • Terry W. Johnson explores anting by birds.
  • Updates on striped newt and gopher tortoise research projects.

July 30, 2012

  • Loggerhead sea turtles top 2,000 nests.
  • Rescued Atlanta falcon flying high.
  • A conservation grant for teachers, proposed cuts in State Wildlife Grants, a rare-plant first on DNR-managed lands and an osprey release at Buford Trout Hatchery.

August 13, 2012

  • Altamaha arcmussels found 100 miles farther north than expected—in Jackson Lake!
  • Which animals in your backyard would win gold?
  • The latest on Yuchi WMA's relocated gopher tortoises, plus some good and not-so-good news from fish sampling on the Altamaha and Toccoa rivers.

August 27, 2012

  • Your vote needed on new wildlife plates.
  • Rare bats elude researchers—this time!
  • Wandering whimbrels amazing trackers again.

September 12, 2012

  • Fort Stewart reaches a red-cockaded woodpecker recovery goal.
  • Georgia and other states team with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to conserve gopher tortoises.
  • The wildflower more gardeners are notice of.
  • Nongame news from updates on wildlife-watching economics and flathead catfish, to native plantings at Panola Mountain and bald eagle impacts on recovering cormorants.

September 26, 2012

  • SOS triggers a plant rescue at a Statesboro bog.
  • Mountain bogs explored as environmental archives.
  • Tough summer for beach-nesting birds in Georgia.

October 15, 2012

  • New grants boost longleaf pine restoration in Georgia.
  • A yard full of wildlife memories.
  • Updates on TERN's teachers grant, North Atlantic right whales and State Wildlife Grants funding.

October 31, 2012

  • Loggerhead sea turtles turn corner on nesting in Georgia.
  • Which bald eagle plate do you want on your bumper?
  • Weekend for Wildlife will be 25: Time to celebrate!

November 15, 2012

  • A gopher frog first for a species restoration project at Williams Bluffs Preserve.
  • Persimmons pack a powerful punch as food for wildlife.
  • North Atlantic right whales return to Georgia's coast, a Weekend for Wildlife Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., and Georgia asters at Pickett's Mill.

November 30, 2012

  • Whale watchers gear up for the seasonal return of North Atlantic right whales to Southeastern waters.
  • Give to wildlife? Here's how this holiday season.
  • Whooping cranes complete their first migration; how to keep hummingbird feeders from freezing; and, new darters with presidential names.

December 22, 2012

  • Birds are the buzz this month, with a snowy owl showing up on Georgia's coast and the proposed down-listing of wood storks from endangered to threatened announced.
  • What you may not know about the most common bird on holiday greeting cards.
  • North Atlantic right whale updates, from mom-and-calf pairs to a possible predation link by great white sharks.
  • Calls for frog-savvy volunteers and young wildlife artists.

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January 2011

  • Winter survey monitors eastern indigos.
  • Youth birding and poster contests announced.
  • McDuffie Environmental ed impacts boy, bats.
  • DNR Board and TERN help boost whooping crane reward.
  • Up close: coldwater darters.
  • Athens teacher awarded conservation grant.

February 2011

  • Answers sought as fifth whooping crane found dead.
  • Five Stars for two Northwest Georgia restoration projects.
  • The miracle of Moody Forest.
  • A firelighter's view from the field.

March 2011

  • Surveys uncover new sites for rare sparrows.
  • Surprise! Turkeybeard found at Sprewell Bluff.
  • State Wildlife Grants still on the bubble.
  • TERN's 2010 Volunteer of the Year.
  • Heavyweight turtles that pack a hefty snap.
  • Passion for birds behind Unicoi Birdfest.

April 2011

May 2011

  • Study sizes up issue of misidentifying mussels.
  • Your guide to Big Hammock Natural Area.
  • Georgia's rare wildlife profiles now online.
  • Fall Line pond powers frog, newt conservation.
  • Greenfly orchids up close.

June 2011

July 2011

  • Restoring rare prairies at Oaky Woods.
  • State Wildlife Grants facing deeper cuts.
  • A long-term look at Coastal Plain bats.
  • Sightings of spotted skunks sought.
  • Purple fringeless orchids, up close.
  • Fighting the fires: an ecoburner’s view.

August 2011

  • New record for loggerhead nests.
  • Ga.-tagged shorebird survives Irene.
  • Nature taught here (at DNR ed centers!).
  • Deserved buzz for native bees.
  • How wildlife weather heat.

September 2011

October 2011

  • The goods on GORP, the new WMA pass.
  • Satilla flatheads down but not out.
  • A 1-in-1,000 saltmarsh sparrow.

November 2011

  • 25 years of tracking Georgia's rare species and places.
  • A young whooping crane flies south, with help.
  • Georgia Wildlife Federation celebrates Alcovy project.
  • Six more red-cockaded woodpeckers for Silver Lake.

December 2011

  • Regulations aimed at conserving freshwater turtles.
  • Project restoring rare plant, habitat in Dooly County.
  • New video promotes protection of whooping cranes.

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January 2010

February 2010

March 2010

April 2010

  • The State Wildlife Action Plan in action.
  • A rewarding workday at Ohoopee Dunes Natural Area.
  • Middle Georgia's herp hotspot.
  • A profile of Wilson's plovers.

May 2010

  • News of a California brown pelican in Georgia—a first on the Atlantic Coast.
  • Conservation on the Toccoa River, the second part of a State Wildlife Action Plan series.
  • Details of a birding big day that benefited the state Wildlife Conservation Fund.
  • How DNR researchers developed a low-cost way to map underwater stream habitat.

June 2010

  • Of oil and turtles: Biologist recounts sea turtle work in Gulf.
  • Wetland reborn through federal program woos wood storks.
  • Critical conservation tract acquired at Dawson Forest.
  • Yellow bats studied on Sapelo Island.
  • Basic energy food still best for hummingbirds.
  • Wildlife Action Plan series: Restoring montane longleaf ecosystems.

July 2010

August 2010

  • Loggerhead sea turtles top nest record.
  • Rare darters found in lower Coosawattee.
  • Multistate sandhills restoration making headway.
  • How to number your backyard hummers in August.
  • State Wildlife Grants: 10 years of conservation success.
  • Why survey butterflies on state lands?
  • Blitz promotes, explores Georgia bats.

September 2010

  • An inside look at the new Go Fish Education Center.
  • Goldenrod, easy to notice but seldom appreciated.
  • Tracking one whimbrel's incredible journey.
  • Moves mean new life for red-cockaded woodpeckers.
  • Events highlight benefits of State Wildlife Grants program.
  • A close look at Sherman's fox squirrels.
  • King toad found in White County (honest!).
  • Trading places helps conserve red-cockaded woodpeckers.

October 2010

  • 11 rare woodpeckers moved to Silver Lake WMA.
  • Barn owls nesting in new Habersham High School.
  • Treat backyard wildlife to pumpkins.
  • Natural area profile: Doerun Pitcherplant Bog.
  • Big sturgeon a shocking catch on Altamaha.
  • American oystercatchers up close.
  • Where carnivorous plants thrive…and longleaf pines endure.

November 2010

  • Toxin in prey, invasive plants deadly for eagles.
  • Keen-eared vols answer call to survey frogs.
  • Shad limits spurred in part by sturgeon.
  • Winter hummers on the way.
  • Rescuing a manatee takes teamwork.
  • Southeastern American kestrels in profile.

December 2010

  • Coastal habitat map almost complete.
  • Shrubs and trees that deliver in winter.
  • Grassland restoration a boon for birds.
  • Up close: the shinyrayed pocketbook.
  • Education continues at Ohoopee Dunes.

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January 2009

  • Grassland, canebrake habitat work gets boost from Georgia Ornithological Society.
  • From bugs to beavers, McDuffie puts unique spin on learning.
  • Fall Line Sandhills: rare species found here.

February 2009

  • Ohoopee Dunes: A study in nature, sand.
  • Adventures in disentangling a whale.

March 2009

  • Twister wipes out rare woodpecker habitat.
  • Georgia part of program to bolster eagle estimates.
  • Ft. Stewart woodpeckers.

April 2009

  • How we got our kids outdoors.
  • Lichens poster, workshop offered to teachers.

June 2009

  • At Grand Bay, learning about wildlife is, well, grand.
  • DNR interns start a summer of searching South Georgia swamps for bats.
  • Identifying the ebony jewelwing.

July 2009

  • Discover the 'secret' of Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.
  • Interns' diary: High water, heat, mud mark hunt for bats.

August 2009

  • At Sapelo, ''light bulb moments'' inspire teachers, children alike.

September 2009

  • TALON: The teen birding camp that soared.

October 2009

  • Bat interns' full diary: "A summer we'll both remember".

November 2009

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

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January–February 2008

  • Birding is busy in Georgia this winter.
  • Nongame work also aids other wildlife.
  • Study documents secretive bats, favored habitats.
  • Power in towers for nesting kestrels.
  • Where learning wild is easy.

March–April 2008

  • DNR, Ga. Conservancy, ACCG team up for coastal conservation.
  • New Project WILD leader is a natural.
  • Tax checkoff an easy way to support Georgia wildlife.
  • Nature trail in works at Laurens fishing area.
  • Study seen as key to shad, locks in southwest Georgia.

May–June 2008

  • Birding boot camp brings south Georgia's wild side in focus.
  • All who know 'Petey' will agree: environmental honor fits.
  • Silver Lake offers golden glimpse of forests past.
  • Botanical trivia.

July–August 2008

  • Teachers turn conservation students at forestry/wildlife workshop.
  • Maybe good things rub off.
  • Conserving the robust redhorse.
  • Zahnd blends bizarre, wonderful.
  • The first TERN board.

September 2008

  • Broad River Area preserves Piedmont heritage.
  • Your money at work: Survey colors in picture on painted bunting distribution.

October 2008

  • Volunteers needed for grass seed collection that benefits birds, others.
  • The bestest classroom: Smithgall Woods.

November 2008

  • Georgia's Bobwhite Initiative benefits nongame, too.
  • Arrowhead: better than outdoors TV.

December 2008

  • Part 1: Rare birds & state lands, DNR's eye is on the sparrow (and warbler).
  • Treasured cove added to northwest Georgia conservation lands.
  • Red Top Mountain high: Georgia aster found at park.

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