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June 2008


Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park I N S I D E

President’s Perch...............2
and Georgia Important Bird Area Youth Birding .....................3
By Mary Elfner GA Audubon Council ..........3
Kennesaw Mountain is both a National Battlefield AAS Legacy Club................3
Park (NBP) and a Georgia Important Bird Area (IBA). Field Notes.........................4
Giff Beaton, a member of the Atlanta Audubon Field Trips...........................5
Society, nominated Kennesaw Mountain as a Georgia
Restoring Bird Habitat.......5
IBA on July 11, 2000, and the Georgia IBA Technical
Committee approved its official status shortly Birdathon 2008 .................5
thereafter. Volunteer Opps..................6
IBAs are critical for bird conservation in Georgia, the Spotlight Theresa Hartz.....6
United States and the world. They are truly a currency A Million Thanks................6
for global bird conservation. The Important Bird Memoriam Don Cohrs........7
Areas Program is a global effort to identify and
conserve areas that are vital to birds and biodiversity. Spring’s Awakening...........8
Cerulean Warbler
Photographer: Giff Beaton By working with Audubon chapters, landowners, REI......................................8
public agencies, community groups and other non- Memorial Fund...................8
profit organizations, Audubon endeavors to interest and activate a broad network of supporters
Conservation Book.............9
to ensure that all Important Bird Areas are properly managed and conserved.
Douglas Cty WS Cleanup.....9
Why is Kennesaw Mountain important to bird conservation? As stated on the nomination
2008 Sanctuary Tour .........9
application, “It has the highest average number of warbler species on the Georgia IBA priority
list that can be found during the migratory seasons. Therefore, it appears to be a very Classifieds.......................10
important area of Georgia for feeding migrants along their route north and south.” The average GA’s Protected Birds........11
number of warbler species that pass through the Kennesaw Mountain forest during spring and Membership....................11
fall migrations is 34 with a maximum number of 37. Some of the migrants are: Bay-breasted
Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Canada Warbler, Cerulean Warbler, Golden-winged Warbler, Speaker Series ................12
Prairie Warbler, Worm-eating Warbler, Olive-sided Flycatcher, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Golden-
crowned Kinglet and Summer Tanager.
I would like to focus on the Cerulean Warbler for two reasons. Cerulean Warblers are more ATLANTA
abundant at Kennesaw than anywhere else in the state during migration according to the 2000
Kennesaw Mountain nomination for IBA status. Secondly, the Cerulean Warbler is listed in the AUDUBON SOCIETY
International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) Red List
category because its population is now estimated to have undergone a very rapid decline, Box 29189
owing to continuing habitat loss and fragmentation on its breeding grounds. Kennesaw
Mountain is very close to the southern edge of the Cerulean Warbler breeding range, which is Atlanta, GA 30359
from Quebec and Ontario, west to Nebraska and south to northern Texas, Louisiana,
Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia. These facts make it evident that Kennesaw Mountain NBP
and IBA is indeed an important area for bird conservation!
To learn more about the Cerulean Warbler, go to the Birdlife International site at AAS OFFICE
Thanks to all the people, particularly Giff Beaton, Chuck Saleeby, Deb and Bob Zaremba, Pierre
and Information Line
Howard, Bruce Dralle, along with Sterling Blanchard, Mark Davis and Roy and Andy Hester,
who help monitor and raise awareness of this important IBA site. If you would like to learn 770.913.0511
more about the Georgia IBA program, please visit
Continued on page 9
President’s Perchby Ellen Miller
Board of Directors
Executive Director Catharine Kuchar
Youth Birding Day
President Ellen Miller
404.355.8892 I spent some time recently helping out at the Big Day record for Georgia, helped hand out the Third Annual Youth Birding Competition (YBC) prizes to the winning teams. At the end of the
President-elect Allyson Read
404.510.8281 for which Atlanta Audubon Society, along with evening kids from small to large lined up to have
Treasurer Deanna Helie
The Environmental Resources Network Giff autograph their annotated checklists. Can
770.457.4403 (T.E.R.N.) and the Georgia Ornithological Society you imagine 12-year olds standing in line to have
Recording Secy Mark Jernigan (GOS), was a sponsor. What a fun and inspiring an annotated checklist of birds signed by
few hours! anyone? Giff might as well have been a rock star!
Corresponding Secy Barbara Tarpley
If you do not know about this event, it is held The only time I have seen something similar was each year in the spring and is a Big Day when Nancy Tanner, the wife of Dr. James
competition for kids. The goal is to see how Tanner of Ivory-billed Woodpecker fame, spoke
Conservation Kelly Hopkins many species of birds a team of kids can at an Atlanta Audubon Speaker Series event. On
404.622.1888 see/hear within a 24-hour period. Audubon that occasion a number of 20-something folks
Education Marge Igyarto member and Master Birder instructor, Tim Keyes, drove 8 to 10 hours to hear her presentation and
678.398.0569 originated and coordinates the event and does a afterwards stayed as long as possible talking
Field Trips Dave Butler fabulous job. with her and having their picture taken with
404.580.3917 At the end of the Big Day all of the YBC teams her—they were every bit as excited about seeing
Membership Darlene Moore
finished at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center for a and hearing Nancy speak as some are about
banquet and awards presentation. The kids seeing more traditional celebrities.
Barbara Tarpley ranged in ages from 3 to 18, and there were four Often birding is thought of as appealing to the
404.687.0079 age divisions: pre-elementary, elementary, middle more “mature” individual. On television birding is
Publicity Vacant school and high school. For each team there clearly portrayed as the province of geeks. (Of
Volunteers Nancy Hamilton
404.874.2338 were adult mentors who worked with the kids to course geeks are in vogue these days as most of help them learn to identify birds. This year the us have discovered that we badly need them.)
At Large team with the most species overall recorded 133 And from the excitement and interest in just
Jay Davis
404.624.4973 species of birds! Wow!! In addition to competing these two situations, it seems to me there are
for the most species seen/heard, some teams also plenty of bright, interested and excited young
Victor Williams
Earthshare Representative raised money for conservation, and this year they people out there. These young birders are the
770.423.1012 raised a whopping $3,600. Each participant future of birding and of birds. So, let’s do what
--- received a ribbon and an Annotated Checklist of we can to encourage them and give them
Jim Flynn the Birds of Georgia, and the winners in each opportunities to have fun with birding and see division received prizes such as binoculars, bird what a cool, challenging, non-destructive and
Wingbars Editor
Mary Ann Hindes 770.497.0664 books and even scopes. Giff Beaton, who wrote wonderful avocation and/or vocation it truly is.
the book Birding Georgia that outlines birding Thank you and good birding!
Design & Layout
Copy Preparation 770.939.2002 hotspots in the state and whose group holds the
Steven Phenicie
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Audubon Society and is published 11 times a
year. We feature news, upcoming events,
meetings, field trips and projects. We hope you
will join us. Opinions expressed are those of the
authors and do not necessarily reflect policies Mission Statement:
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To promote the enjoyment and understanding of birds and to
conserve and restore the ecosystems that support them.

2 Atlanta Audubon Society

Clean Up Day
Join us at Atlanta Audubon Society’s
Wildlife Sanctuary in Douglas County
By Kelly Hopkins
Did you know that the Atlanta Audubon This is a great opportunity to get involved and Atlanta
Society has a 183-acre conservation easement conserve unique green space in metro Atlanta.
in Douglas County? This property was donated
to AAS by Geraldine Geltner in 1997 and has
To register for the clean up, leave a message at
770.913.0511 with your name,
beautiful hardwoods, wetlands
and a lovely lake. It is critical
green space in a county that has
telephone number, e-mail
address, and the number in your
party who will participate. Or
grown tremendously over the
We need your help in removing
you can register by sending an
e-mail to Sally Davis,
deer stands and cleaning up Directions to Sweetwater Join us as a Charter Member
trash that has accumulated on Creek State Park: From I-20 of the AAS Legacy Club by
the property. We will meet at west from Atlanta, take Exit 44 including Atlanta Audubon
Sweetwater Creek State Park at (Thornton Road), turn left and Society in your bequests.
8 AM on Saturday, July 12, and go 1/4 mile. Turn right on Blairs
carpool to the Geltner property. Bridge Road, go 2 miles and turn Question: I have
Please note there is a $3 parking fee at the left on Mount Vernon Road, go to the parking decided to make a
park. After the clean up, we will have a picnic lot of the nature trails and the Visitor- specific bequest to
at Sweetwater. Interpretive Center/Museum. Atlanta Audubon
Society. How should it
be included in my Last
Will and Testament?
Do I have to redraft my
2008 Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour entire Will?

Mark Your Calendars for Sept. 6 Answer: The AAS

Legacy Club can
On Saturday, Sept. 6, you will be able to of the tour. New this provide you with a
experience five unique properties that were year—you can purchase suggested codicil (or
designed and cultivated to provide vital urban your tickets in advance amendment) to
habitats for birds and other wildlife. For the starting July 1 by calling properly express your
first time ever the AAS Backyard Wildlife our office at desires and intentions
Sanctuary Tour will be in the 770.913.0511. You can in your Will. A codicil is
Smyrna/Marietta/Kennesaw area. Begin the pay for your tickets a provision for making
day birding at Kennesaw Mountain National over the phone using an addition or
Battlefield Park and Georgia IBA and then your credit card, and modification to an
spend the rest of the day exploring these we will either e-mail existing Will without
distinct properties on the tour. You can enjoy you a pdf ticket to the necessity of
lunch in downtown Smyrna and take print and bring to the redrafting it. You can
advantage of a new feature this year—a event, or we will also later add a Second
special “bonus” experience. All ticket holders hold your ticket at Codicil or Third
for the tour will be given free admission to the our new “will call” Codicil, etc., if needed.
Smith Gilbert Arboretum that day. site. More
The 2008 Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour information about the tour For more information
will display and demonstrate how a property will be available soon on the Atlanta Audubon contact Art Hurt at
website at
can be enhanced to include vital sources of
food, water, shelter and nesting sites for birds We are very excited about this year’s Backyard
and wildlife that are being pressured by rapid Wildlife Sanctuary Tour and hope you will join
development throughout our region. us between the hours of 9 AM to 4 PM on this
Tickets are $12 in advance for Friends of very special day.
Atlanta Audubon and $15 if purchased the day

June 2008 3
March Field Notes by Terry Moorez

found four or five VIRGINIA RAILS, 15 SORAS, KITES were reported from near Folkston on 15
and 14 COMMON MOORHENS. March (fide JSe). An immature GOLDEN EAGLE
Although we had good numbers
was seen in Charlton Co. on 11 March (HH). A
in all four categories this SANDHILL CRANES – There were ten separate
total of seven reports of SANDHILL CRANES were
month, it still seemed a little reports of SANDHILL CRANES moving through
received, all from 1 – 2 March. The total number
dull. The Green-breasted Mango the area, all on 1 and 2 March. The total number
of birds was about 2100 (m.ob.). JSp reported a
remained at its Dublin feeders so of birds reported was about 2300. On 1 March,
very high count of 266 BONAPARTE’S GULLS at
that people who hadn’t yet made TH reported what appeared to be a WHOOPING
Carter’s Lake on 29 March.
CRANE flying with SANDHILLS over North
the pilgrimage to Dublin could still get a look at
such a wonderful visitor. Other than that, it was
good count of 21 VESPER SPARROWS in Oconee
pretty much normal with our winter species GULLS THROUGH ORIOLES – An immature
Co. on 29 March. A rare SAVANNAH (IPSWICH)
slowly moving away and then a few normal LITTLE GULL was found on Lake Lanier on 4
SPARROW was seen on Jekyll Island on 16
early migrants coming into the area. March by JF. Unfortunately the bird did not
March by MMc. Other good sparrow reports
remain in the area for long as it was not seen
The Atlanta area recorded 130 species were a LINCOLN’S SPARROW in Bleckley Co. on
the next day by a number of birders who tried to
1 March (JF, EH) and 11 WHITE-CROWNED
(average = 120.7) to bring the year-to-date find it. The female CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD that
SPARROWS near Cobb in Sumter Co. on 29
total to 151 (average = 138.6). The Georgia was previously reported from a Lilburn feeder
March (JF, EH). An early ROSE-BREASTED
area came in with 202 species (average = was still there at least as late as 26 March
GROSBEAK was seen in the Athens area on 26
198.6) to bring that year-to-date total to 239 (R&SK). An early YELLOW-THROATED VIREO was
March by (JMc). The peak count of RUSTY
(average = 236.6). reported from Panola Mountain on 18 March by
BLACKBIRDS was the 700+ at the Sandy Creek
Nature Center in Athens on 2 March (JMc et al.).
decreased during the month although a few
A BALTIMORE ORIOLE was seen near Culloden
ATLANTA AREA remained in the area until the end of the month
on 18 March (NK). Several high counts of
(m.ob.). Generally FOX SPARROWS are seen as
GEESE THROUGH GREBES – Three GREATER PURPLE FINCHES were reported with the peak
single birds or small flocks so a flock of 18 at
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a ROSS’S GOOSE count of 85 coming from Washington Co. on 1
the Newman’s Wetlands Center (part of the
were found in Bartow Co. on 16 March (KB) and March (LS). There were a surprising number of
ELHLAF) on 3 March was quite a surprise (CL). A
were seen again in the same location on 22 RED CROSSBILL reports. Since this is such a
BALTIMORE ORIOLE was a good find in Northeast
March (B&DZ,BL,DV). Five SNOW GEESE were rare bird in Georgia, I will list all the reports:
Atlanta on 20 March (LH).
seen in Bartow Co. on 2 March by KB. Good three in Union Co. on 4 – 5 March (BB), one in
numbers of waterfowl were seen at the E.L. Huie GEORGIA AREA Fannin Co. on 8 March (NS), one at the Piedmont
Land Application Facility (ELHLAF) in Clayton and NWR on 22 March (BS, JA), one in the Piedmont
Henry Cos. during the period of 13-14 March. NWR on 26 March (PH, BH), two in the Dawson
These included 220 GADWALL, 150 NORTHERN Forest on 28 March (GS, JB, YB) and six in the
Murray Co. on 4 March by JSp. They were seen
SHOVELERS, 34 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and 120 Dawson Forest on 29 March (GM).
at the same location as late as 11 March by TS
was a good find on Lake Lanier on 20 March GEESE were seen at the UGA Plant Science Betty Belanger, Ken and Rachel Blankenship,
(MMc). Fields on 1 March (WG). A MUTE SWAN was Yvonne Bombardier, James Brooks, Jim Buckley,
PELICANS THROUGH MOORHENS – An unusual reported from the Carter’s Lake area on 6 March Chip Campbell, Joy Carter, Nathan Farnau, Jim
observation was of four AMERICAN WHITE (m.ob.). The status of this species in Georgia is Flynn, Mark Freeman, Jim Gilreath, Will Gravlee,
PELICANS at Buford Dam on 3 March (GSk). An rather questionable, but does warrant some Johnnie Greene, Bruce Hallett, Theresa Hartz,
AMERICAN BITTERN was found at the ELHLAF documentation of the spread of this species into David Hodgson, Earl Horn, Pierre Howard,
from 18 through 31 March (CL, JS). A SNOWY the state. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was seen in Howard Hunt, Lisa Hurt, Gene Keferl, Tim Keyes,
EGRET was a very rare find at the Jackson Co. on 6 and 11 March (MMc). A RED- Robert Kimsey, Nathan Klaus, Rick and Sandy
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area NECKED GREBE was a good sighting at Clark Hill Krause, Carol Lambert, Fred Land, Bill Lotz, Hal
(CRNRA) on 17 March (DH). Single YELLOW- on 8 March (JF, EH). Twenty-four AMERICAN Massie, Patty McClean, Grant McCreary, Trey
CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were seen at WHITE PELICANS were a good count at Sapelo McCuen, Joel McNeal, Mark McShane, Peggy
Constitution Lakes on 23 March (JC, et al.) and Island on 8 – 10 March (K&RB). Two others were and Terry Moore, Charlie Muise, Bob Sargent,
at the CRNRA on 29 March (KB). At the seen at the Andrews Island Causeway on 22 Lynn Schlup, Georgann Schmalz, Nedra Sekera,
Chattahoochee Nature Center on 2 March, SZ March (GK). Generally AMERICAN BITTERNS are Jeff Sewell, Linda Shipley, Gerald Skelly, Joshua
counted 172 TURKEY VULTURES and five BLACK reported as either single birds or maybe two or Spence, Tom Striker, Pat Sully, Dan Vickers, Bob
VULTURES and the same area yielded an three at the most. CC reported seven at Grand and Deb Zaremba, and Stacy Zarpentine.
OSPREY and a BALD EAGLE on 15 and 16 Prairie near Valdosta on 14 – 15 March.
Terry Moore, 13000 Bucksport Court, Roswell,
March. At the ELHLAF on 30 March, JS and CL KITES THROUGH GULLS – Two SWALLOW-TAILED GA 30075

4 Atlanta Audubon Society

Field Trips
Compiled by Dave Butler

Field trips are open to the public and free

(unless otherwise noted).
We welcome everyone from beginners to advanced birders!
Sketch by Anne McCallum Please check the Atlanta Audubon Website
for the additional field trips and/or changes that may be scheduled.

Saturday, June 7, Birdathon 2008

Matt Ward, Piedmont Park’s most frequent
Piedmont Park (City of Atlanta) We want to thank everyone who
Meet at 8 AM in the parking lot behind Quattro’s at 12th
St. and Piedmont participated in this year’s
Birding focus: Migrants, residents
Birdathon and ask that you
Directions: These directions may vary. Check update
on the AAS website. From south of Atlanta, take the I- submit your Birdathon
75/85 connector north to the Pine St. Exit (Exit 249B).
Go straight on Pine St. and cross Peachtree St. Turn left checklists and contributions as
Patty McLean with AAS April field trip at Mercer Wetlands on Piedmont Ave. Travel about one mile to 12th St.
Photographer: Cathy Harman soon as possible. We want to
From northwest of Atlanta, take I-75 south to the 16th
St. Exit (Exit 250). Go straight, crossing 14th St. Follow collect the monies by June 10.
the signs to 10th St. Turn left on 10th. Travel about a half mile to Piedmont. Turn left on Piedmont to
12th St. Due to street closings, including Exits to 10th and 14th Streets from I-75 S., If you have any questions,
consider exiting at Northside Drive. From northeast of downtown, take I-85 south to the 17th St.
please contact Allyson Read at
Exit (Exit 84). Continue straight, crossing 14th St. Follow directions above.
Restoring Migratory Bird Habitat
By Carl Tyler
After receiving a report from eight internationally recognized institutions led by the Cornell Lab of
Ornithology, President Bush announced a series of actions aimed at conserving migratory bird habitat
at an address held at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland on October 20, 2007.
The report, developed by the American Bird Conservatory, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, Manomet
Center for Conservation Sciences, the National Audubon Society, the Nature Conservancy, the North
American Bird Conservation Initiative, Partners in Flight, and PRBO Conservation Sciences, reached
the White House in January 2007 and is well written and well illustrated. Most recently, it was cited in
the Winter 2008 issue of the Living Bird.
Below are the measures that were cited. The website from which these documents may be
retrieved is
• Restoring 200,000 acres of habitats for migratory birds on National Wildlife Refuges
and raising $3 billion in public and private funding to help restore wildlife habitats in
national parks by 2009

• Allocating $509 million to the USDA Farm Bill conservation programs that assist

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landowners in preserving habitat for migratory birds in 2008 seiceps tahW :Q
of what family:
• Working with the Mexican government and non-governmental organizations to restore ecer
Finch, Thrush, Swift
and protect five priority habitats in Mexico with $4 million committed in Fiscal Year sa nreT citcrA eht
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• Adding three new Joint Ventures-Regional partnerships that use public and private
funding-to help conserve birds along the Rio Grande corridor, in the Appalachian
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Mountains, and on the northern Great Plains
• Requesting a State of the Birds report from the Secretary of the Interior to chart rewsnSee
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progress and identify bird species that need additional protection by 2009

June 2008 5
Volunteer Corner • Volunteer Corner • Volunteer
Corner • Volunteer Corner • Volunteer Corner • Volunteer
olunteer Spotlighting... Theresa Hartz
Opportunities By Wendy M.Weathers
Theresa Hartz has been volunteering with mountains—after all, there are warblers
AAS since the early 1990s. During that time nearby!
Compiled by Carol Hassell she served as the Education Director. Theresa said that the All Women’s Birding
Currently she helps organize north Georgia Bust has been great fun. She elaborated,
Butterfly Festival, Dunwoody field trips and is co-leader with Lisa Hurt for “Even with all the planning that goes into it,
Nature Center, Saturday, the annual Merritt Island field trips and this
June 28 there are always surprises that come along.
Four volunteers are needed for two year’s Warbler Weekend field trip. The camaraderie is terrific.” She spoke of a
shifts—9 AM to 12 PM and 12 PM Theresa got into birding in the mid 1980s, most entertaining trip—the Great Chicken
to 2:30 PM. The display, handouts, and feeding the birds is what interested her. Trip with Georgann
etc., are provided. Please contact
The first winter she fed them, she had a Schmalz. “We traversed
Nancy Hamilton at if you flock of about 50 birds—a mix of Purple all around Colorado in
can represent AAS at this event. Finches and Pine Siskens. She then heard on early April visiting
the radio about an Atlanta Audubon Society Prairie Chicken and
Spend time in the Freedom field trip at Fernbank. She went, saw a Grouse Leks. The
Park Bird and Butterfly Garden
Black-throated Blue Warbler and was totally experience of sitting
Volunteers are needed to help
weed and water the garden, as hooked. and freezing as dawn
well as help with spring planting. She doesn’t have a favorite bird, but loves arrives, while watching
Volunteers are asked to commit to the warblers. To her delight, three Bay- the males display and
two hours per month. Contact vie for the females’
Carol Vanderschaaf at breasted Warblers once visited her birdbath
and a Cerulean Warbler took a bath in a attention, is
water puddle on her driveway after a hard indescribable.
Audubon Adventures April rain. Theresa lives in Big Canoe Fantastic!” Theresa Hartz in Peru
Coordinator Photographer: Unknown
and her favorite place to bird Theresa is a registered
Coordinator needed to contact
metro area teachers to solicit is in the north Georgia nurse and works in
requests for National Audubon obstetrics.
Society-created quarterly
newsletters designed for use in
elementary classrooms, and then
follow up on how the materials are
being used. All supplies and
instructions are provided. Contact
A Million Thanks!
Marcia Klenbort, 404.874.9826 or Atlanta Audubon Society is an amazing organization because of its volunteers! As always, we extend our
unending gratitude to ALL of our volunteers, but
Ticket and Sales Manager for would like to send a special thank you to the
the 2008 Backyard Wildlife following individuals this month:
Sanctuary Tour.
This volunteer opportunity involves Working with the Piedmont Park Conservancy, Sue
contacting nature and garden Sturges, head coordinator, brought the 2008 Birds in
centers to sell tickets in advance the Park celebration to life on May 10, International
of the Sept. 6 tour. Additionally, the
manager will create the tickets; Migratory Bird Day. Sue oversaw the planning of this
make money boxes for the year’s event, helping to create yet another successful
backyard sites on the tour; count program.
the receipts from the tour and
analyze the sales and attendance Brenda and Dwayne Sexton took total responsibility for having
data. The volunteer will be working the AAS exhibit at the WaterFest in Rome, Georgia. The WaterFest is an information event of
closely with the Backyard Wildlife the Cossa River Basin Initiative and over 1,000 people attended, including many children
Sanctuary Tour team. Please and young people. Many thanks to Brenda and Dwayne for spreading the word about AAS at
contact Nancy Hamilton at this event and teaching participants about birds.
Getting ready for the big Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour in the fall is a lot of work. We are
Please check the AAS Website for more
exciting volunteer opportunities. lucky to have so many volunteers that assist our volunteer tour coordinator, Jacqueline
McRae,, in making it possible. Besides sending out a “million thanks” to Jacqueline for her
ongoing efforts, we would also like to thank Gary Wehner for his work in helping to locate
many of the sites for this year’s upcoming tour in the Smyrna/Marietta/Kennesaw area.

6 Atlanta Audubon Society

In Memoriam
It is with great sadness that we once again tell you of the loss of one of our valued friends
in the birding world. Don Cohrs passed away April 26, not very long after Frank
McCamey and Joe Greenberg. As many of you know, Don and Doris were active members
of Atlanta Audubon during the 1970s and 1980s. After relocating to Darien they operated
the Jekyll Island Banding Station for 20 years. More information about Don’s interesting
life is included in the following obituary that the family published in the Darien
newspaper. Our sincere sympathies to Doris and the family.
- John Swiderski

Donald George Cohrs, 81, of Darien passed away at 7:40 AM Saturday, April 26, 2008, at home
with his wife by his side. May 2 would have marked their having been together for 37 years.
“I thought of my
Don was born on June 7, 1926, to Elsie and Irvin Cohrs of Chicago. His father died in 1928 of friends who never
gas poisoning from World War I. Elsie took her two sons to live with her sister Martha. take walks in
Martha and her husband, Henry Kropp, helped to raise the boys as their own sons. Don
served during World War II in the U. S. Army from 1944–1946, seeing duty in the Philippines
Oklahoma ‘for
and Japan. After the war, he attended the University of Illinois. there was nothing
to see.’
He lived in many cities in the midwest, moved to Atlanta in 1969, and then to Darien in 1989.
I was amazed and
He designed his passive solar home in Carneghan and completed most of the construction on
his own. After having worked as a salesman for many years, he started his own business, The grieved at their
House Menders, a remodeling company that he ran for more than 20 years, first in Atlanta blindness. I longed
and then in Darien. He retired about 10 years ago. to open their eyes
Don enjoyed his many volunteer projects including the School Friends program, Red Cross to the wonders
blood drives, Habitat for Humanity and the Friends of Sapelo. Don’s favorite pastime was around them, to
birding. In 1978 along with his Atlanta friend Terry Moore, Don and Doris began the Jekyll persuade people to
Island Banding Station, where they banded migratory songbirds each autumn for over 20 love and cherish
years before turning the station over to its present directors. nature.”
Don is survived by his wife, Doris Ramsey Cohrs, his son, Larry Cohrs (Iris) of Villa Rica, GA
and his daughter, Amy Vassey (Bobby) of Peachtree City, GA. Other survivors are his three Margaret Morse
grandchildren, Stuart Vassey, Elizabeth Vassey and Nathan Vassey. Nice (1883–1974),
No services are planned. Here is a quote from a letter Don wrote to his children several years ornithologist and
ago: “Rather than a memorial service, I would really prefer that you take a long walk in the researcher
woods, keeping your eyes and ears open. The wonders of nature are awesome.” Memorial
contributions may be made in his honor to the McIntosh County Chapter of Habitat for
Humanity, P. O. Box 2058, Darien, GA 31305, The Altamaha Riverkeeper, Georgia
Ornithological Society or to your favorite charity.

Nancy Hamilton making bird feeders with children at Mother Earth Day event.
Photographer: Dunwoody Nature Center Staff

June 2008 7
Spring’s Awakening
By Michael Ellis
Every year the earth provides us with endless facilities currently unavailable in the metro Atlanta
opportunities to witness the miracle of life area. These enclosures are expensive to build,
firsthand in our own backyards. Beginning in costing just over $1,000 each. Consequently
February and continuing through October, it is AWARE is seeking donations to cover the cost of
wildlife baby season. Like it or not, we are all two at this time. Volunteers are also needed to help
Joe Greenberg nature’s landlords with a responsibility to provide with the construction, so if you are interested in
Photo by Doug Greenberg
safe and adequate housing for our tenants. helping with this project either monetarily or with
These tenants are hundreds of species of wildlife the fruits of your labor, contact Michael Ellis at
that have learned to adapt to the urban 678.418.1111 or go to their website at
Joseph environment that we humans have forced on them. for more information.
Birds nest virtually anywhere that offers protection This worthwhile cause is being supported through
Greenberg from the elements; rabbits scratch out nests in this general appeal to our members and was
Memorial Fund every part of the yard; raccoons and squirrels take
up residence in our attics, opossums in the
brought to the attention of the Atlanta Audubon
Society’s Board by Pam Higginbotham because
basement and compost pile, deer in the pasture, birds matter!
foxes in the culvert and bats under the shingles. It
is an invasion from all sides and we can suffer and
Atlanta Audubon fight them or relish their presence and learn from
them. With just a little preparation we can enjoy
Society has the wonders of Mother Nature without the
frustrations of property damage or the
established a Joseph heartbreaking realization that we have caused the
Greenberg Memorial death of a helpless creature through some
unintentional mistake of property maintenance. In
Fund for Education. general, these creatures only need a two to six-
week time-share of our property and then they will
be happy to leave on their own.
Atlanta Wild Animal Rescue Effort (AWARE), a
Contributions in wildlife center, is located at Arabia Mountain in
Lithonia, just 20 minutes from downtown Atlanta.
Joe’s memory may It is a 501(c) 3, non-profit, all-volunteer
organization committed to the preservation and
be made payable to restoration of wildlife and its habitat through
education and wildlife rehabilitation. The majority
Atlanta Audubon of wild animals received at wildlife centers are
birds, but AWARE rescues and rehabilitates all
Society. Please native species of wildlife and returns them to the
mention that the wild.
The wildlife center is in the process of building
contribution is for additional flight enclosures that will provide Songbird Enclosure Schematic

the Joseph
Greenberg Memorial
Fund for Education.
Do You or Anyone You Know Work for REI?
Atlanta Audubon Society hopes to secure matching funds
for its Georgia Important Bird Areas Program, and we
would like to be nominated to submit a grant proposal to
REI. According to REI’s parameters for seeking a grant,
“REI employees work, play and volunteer in the
communities in which we do business. Because of these
close ties, we call on our employees to nominate non-
profit organizations for REI grants. As a result, we do not
accept unsolicited grant requests and proposals. Upon
receiving nominations from employees, we invite
nominated organizations to submit proposals for
funding.” So, if you work for REI or know someone who
works for REI who would be interested in nominating
Atlanta Audubon Society for a REI grant, please ask
them to contact Catharine Kuchar, executive director, at or call

8 Atlanta Audubon Society

Youth Birding Competition
By Tim Keyes
You have already read about this year’s Youth Birding Competition in Ellen Miller’s Perch article. The
event was a success by any measure. We had more participants (120), more teams (27), and saw more
birds (winning total species 133) than in previous years. Most important, it was obvious how much
fun these kids had spending a day outside birding. I am confident, as I have been told by many Book
parents, that this event generates long term enthusiasm for birds in many of the participants. Several
have already mentioned that they are planning for next year (April 25-26, 2009). of Interest:
Thanks so much to everyone who helped make this event possible–-the parents and mentors who
spent time teaching the teams about birds and birding, the many volunteers and to TERN, GOS and
AAS for their support.
For more details, go to the posting on GABO or to

Birder’s Conservation
Handbook: 100 North
American Birds at Risk
by Jeffrey Wells,
Princeton University
Press, 2007
Brown Thrashers Team from Decatur Thunderbirders Team from Watkinsville with Giff Beaton
Photographer: Linda May Photographer: Linda May
This most important work
is written specifically to
help birders and
Georgia Audubon Council researchers understand
the threats while
By Kelly Hopkins providing actions to
Prior to the Youth Birding Competition at Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center on May 3, representatives
protect birds and their
from all eight Audubon chapters in Georgia (Albany Audubon Society, Atlanta Audubon Society,
habitats. Chapters include
Augusta-Aiken Audubon Society, Coastal Audubon Society, Columbus Audubon Society, Oconee
each bird’s status,
Rivers Audubon Society, Ogeechee Audubon Society, Ocmulgee Audubon Society) met to collaborate
and share best practices. Ellen Miller, Catharine Kuchar, Mary Elfner and I represented AAS.
distribution (with maps)
and ecology, along with
Lynn Tennefoss, Vice President State Programs and Chapter Services at National Audubon Society information on the state of
(NAS) facilitated the session. Since NAS doesn’t have a state office in Georgia, we wanted to convene
North American bird
all the local chapters to talk about statewide issues of concern, such as development on Jekyll Island
populations, major
and support for the Georgia Important Bird Areas (IBA) Program.
conservation issues, and
The session was powerful. We talked about how we wanted to invest collaborative grant funds that initiatives now underway
NAS makes available to the state chapters. We shared some of the exciting programs that chapters to improve the health of
are doing. The other Georgia chapters were all very interested in our Master Birder Program. We our birds.
agreed to meet annually at the Youth Birding Competition, and we will continue to communicate
throughout the year.
Special thanks to Mary Elfner for organizing and taking minutes at the meeting.

Kennesaw Mountain NBP and Georgia IBA

Continued from page 1
To help support the Georgia IBA program, you can make your check payable to AAS, Georgia IBA
and send to P. O. Box 29189, Atlanta, GA 30359.
Please note that Atlanta Audubon’s 2008 Backyard Wildlife Sanctuary Tour is taking place near
this very special area of Georgia, so plan to visit the Kennesaw Mountain NBP and IBA this fall
while taking the Sanctuary Tour on Sept. 6!

June 2008 9
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Atlanta Audubon Society. Ads may be accepted via e-mail, preferably in .pdf format. Call 770.913.0511 if you have questions.
Send payment to Wingbars Ads, Atlanta Audubon Society, P.O. Box 29189, Atlanta, GA 30359.
Send ads via e-mail to Catharine Kuchar at

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Getting to Know Georgia’s Protected Birds: Common Raven
“Roman nose” bill. The flight of the Common crotches of trees. Five or more green-gray or
Raven is more hawk-like than crow-like for light green eggs with black or brown
it alternates flapping and gliding. The blotches are laid early March to late April
Common Raven can hover like an American and are incubated by the female for 18-20
Kestrel and is capable of diving from great days.
heights and performing aerial acrobatics A University of Georgia survey in 1981
such as tumbling and rolling. The call has recorded only nine Common Ravens in
been described as a loud and deep guttural Georgia, two on Brasstown Bald and seven
croaking or a low, drawn-out croak. on Rabun Bald. They may never have been
Common Ravens reside in a wide variety of abundant in Georgia, and habitat loss could
habitats, but are found primarily along easily extirpate the species here since they
seacoasts and in mountainous areas. In prefer to inhabit the wildest and most
Georgia, they are most often encountered in rugged high elevation mountain country of
The Common Raven (Corvus corax) is the the vicinity of rocky and remote cliffs in the northeastern Georgia.
largest member of the crow family with a Blue Ridge Mountains in the northeastern Common Ravens are considered “rare”
length of 54.6–68.5 cm (21.5–27 in) and a part of the state. according to the state status and are not
wingspan of 117-142 cm (46-56 in). This The diet of the Common Raven includes listed at the federal level. A rare bird is a
totally glossy black bird is much larger and carrion, garbage, small mammals, berries, species that may not be endangered or
heavier than the American Crow and can nuts, insects, frogs, tadpoles, crayfish, young threatened, but which should be protected
further be distinguished from the latter by its birds, eggs and many other food items. In because of its scarcity.
longer wings and its long, wedge-shaped or the southern Appalachian Mountains, nests
rounded tail. In addition the Common Raven are usually built on rocky cliff ledges, on the
has longer, thicker and shaggier feathers on Source: Georgia Department of Natural
sides of well-shaped cliffs or in rock
the throat and chin and a longer heavier Resources, Protected Animals of Georgia
crevices; they are rarely built in the tops or

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Wade Tract Preserve
Sunday, June 22, 3 PM
Island Ford
Jim Cox, ornithologist with Tall Timbers Research Station, will discuss the history of
the Wade Tract Preserve, a rare old-growth longleaf forest. He will describe some of
the unique lessons learned about Bachman’s Sparrow, Brown-headed Nuthatches and
Red-cockaded Woodpeckers.
Jim’s pamphlet on Bird Watching Basics An Introduction For Beginning Bird Watchers
is a favorite of many who teach and instill the wonders of birding in others. For more
information, go to
This AAS event will be held at the Island Ford Park Headquarters and Visitor Contact
Station of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area. For directions, see the
map below or go to

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