• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Rising River Waters Can Kill!

    Watch for rapidly rising river levels on the Chattahoochee River and its tributaries. Water released from dams and heavy rain can turn a day on the river into a tragedy! More »

  • Call for Water Release Schedule

    With colder temperatures you can expect longer and more frequent water releases. For water release schedule info, call 1-855-DAM-FLOW (1-855-326-3569) for Buford Dam and 404-329-1455 for Morgan Falls Dam. Save numbers to your cell! More »

Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Alan Vernon

The Blue-gray Gnatcatcher (Polioptila caerulea) is a small bird, measuring at about 4.5 inches long with a wingspan of 6 inches. It is common in wet, deciduous woods and thickets, and is generally a solitary bird. It moves briskly through upper- to middle-level twigs, searching for its meal of small insects, insect eggs and larvae, and spiders. The tiny cup-nest is constructed of plant fibers, down, and spider-web and is lined with finer materials then covered with bits of lichen, saddled on horizontal branches or in the fork of a tree 2-80 feet above the ground. Although small in size, the Blue-gray Gnatcatcher has a long, conspicusous black and white tail that is often flicked from side to side, reminiscent of a mockingbird, a pale blue-gray back, and a white eye-ring. Its song is a series of thin, wheezy grasshopper-like notes interspersed with high chips and slurs.

Did You Know?

Hickory Horned Devil

While many caterpillars make cocoons to molt into moths and butterflies, some, like the Hickory Horned Devil, bury themselves in the ground over the winter emerging in the Spring fully changed.