• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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    Representatives of Colonial Pipeline Company will be working on the gas pipeline in the Johnson Ferry North unit. The work will require intermittent trail closures. For your safety please stay on designated trails and obey all trail closures.

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.

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Pink Lady Slipper - An NPS Photo

Over 50 orchid species are found in Georgia, including several lady slippers. Their flowers are prized for their beauty and unique shape.