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.
Whooping Cranes Seek Respite Along Chattahoochee River
Contact: Chris Hughes, Acting Chief of Science and Resource Management, 678-538-1322
On Thursday, March 2nd, park employees spotted three whooping cranes (Grus americana) within Chattahoochee River NRA. The Chattahoochee River has been used for millions of years as a major corridor for migrating birds. This sighting demonstrates just how vital it is to protect the river corridor. At one time, whooping cranes were nearly extinct, with only 15 adult whooping cranes surviving in North America. Now there is an on-going effort led by Operation Migration to establish a breeding population of migrating whooping cranes in the eastern United States. The objective is to establish 25 breeding pairs of whooping cranes that eventually result in a self sustaining population.
Migrating is a learned behavior, so it is necessary to train the birds to migrate. This is done with limited human contact and happens one time during their life on their initial migration from Wisconsin to Florida. It is then believed that the birds will be able to migrate on their own. This year, there were 31 adult and 19 juvenile whooping cranes in Florida and they are still in the process of preparation for their migration north to Wisconsin. The birds witnessed in Georgia along the Chattahoochee River on March 2nd were some of the first to begin this migration. It is a magnificent experience to see the whooping cranes birds and we should all feel honored that they were able to find refuge in a national park unit along the Chattahoochee River.
Did You Know?
A U.S. Coast Guard approved Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is required for each person onboard a watercraft. Any child under the age of 13 is required to wear a PFD while the watercraft is underway. A watercraft is defined as any boat, inner tube, air mattress, or any other floating device.