Despite efforts to halt the deaths, a new report puts metro Atlanta in the nation’s Top 10 for the number of birds that blinded by light pollution and fly to their death into buildings the Spring and Fall migration seasons.
The Atlanta Audubon Society has certified yet another public park as a wildlife sanctuary, this one near Northlake Mall in DeKalb County and the latest in the society’s fast-growing program to provide havens for birds and critters.
The Native Plant and Wildlife Walk at a DeKalb County park is soon to be a bit more native. The Atlanta Audubon Society has awarded a grant that’s to help provide for the removal of invasive species, after which bird friendly species of plants are to be installed.
Marcia Bansley, founder of Trees Atlanta, John Pruitt, retired anchor of WSB-TV, and Raphael Bostic, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta, are among the seven members of a new group of advisors created to help Atlanta Audubon continue to expand its outreach.
A few acres of land north of the Lakewood Fairgrounds has been transformed from a tract so disturbed that a federal report said it could barely support wildlife to a heavily planted wetland that has been certified as a wildlife sanctuary by the Atlanta Audubon Society.
In 2009, the Atlanta Audubon Society launched a program that tailors lessons to a teacher’s curriculum and goes to the school to teach students about birds. Now, the group plans to revise the program with proceeds of a $99,980 gift from a private Atlanta family foundation.
The Atlanta Audubon Society has won a national grant totaling $23,950 that it is to use for two purposes – paying an intern to work in the wildlife sanctuary program, and building a garden in historic Washington Park, Atlanta’s first greenspace dedicated to African Americans.
Ruby-throated Hummingbirds and Tennessee Warblers were the two most common bird species to die after colliding with buildings during the Lights Out Atlanta program that wrapped up in November 2017, according to the Atlanta Audubon Society.
The Atlanta Audubon’s plan to restore a bird-friendly habitat at the Blue Heron Nature Preserve, in North Buckhead, is just the latest program by an organization that has ramped up its outreach significantly in recent years.