• 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 »

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?

Visit the Hooch!

That the word Chattahoochee is thought to come from a Muskogean word meaning "Marked Stoned." People have made the Chattahoochee River valley their home for thousands of years. The Cherokee were forced out in the 1830s as part of the "Trail of Tears".