• Three kayakers enjoying the river.

    Chattahoochee River

    National Recreation Area Georgia

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  • Johnson Ferry Intermittent Trail Closures

    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.

European Starling

European Starling, Sturnus vulgaris. Photo courtesy of Lee Karney, US Fish and Wildlife Service

Lee Karney, US Fish and Wildlife Service

The European Starling, Sturnus vulagris, was introduced to Central Park, New York City, in 1890 in an attempt to introduce all the birds found in Shakespeare's works to America. Hundreds of birds were released by a group called the American Acclimitization Society. (They also introduced the House Sparrow.) The Starling, a resourceful and adaptive species, quickly became one of the most widespread birds in North America.

Starlings can be found in almost any environment, from urban areas to landfills to woodlands. Woodlands are where they become a nuisance. It is there that they roost in the hollowed cavities of trees that would normally serve as homes for native species, like the Eastern Bluebird and sapsuckers. In addition to displacing native species, Starlings can be a nuisance in agricultural situations by destroying crops.

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.