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At Home Service Project: Pollinator Garden

We challenge you to join us in creating pollinator habitat gardens all over Fayette & surrounding Counties. Join us in celebrating Earth Month and National Service Month by planting native Georgia pollinator species in your own backyard. You can see a list of Native Georgia pollinator plants for Spring, Summer, & Fall. This is a family-friendly project that anyone can do and in honor of Youth Service Day we encourage getting the kids involved! Here is a video with the basics of planting a pollinator garden(remember to use Georgia Native plants). You can also use this project as a learning tool while we learn at home. You can find learning resources on gardening & pollinators below.


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A Look Back at How Conservation in the United States Came to Be

In 1872, Yellowstone became the first national park and it ignited our long journey and ambitions as a country to appreciate and protect this land that we love.

We cannot examine conservation in the United States today without looking back at the early 1900s and what President Theodore Roosevelt did in leading the way for our conservation efforts throughout the country.

Often considered the “conservationist president,” Roosevelt, who was an avid sportsman and hunter, experienced firsthand the loss of habitat throughout the US. Understanding that our natural resources were not inexhaustible, he saw the effects of overgrazing on his own ranches and started to take action. Continue Reading Here.

Do You Have a Vegetable Garden or Plan to Start One?

Surround your food crops with native plants to bring in the pollinators needed for a bountiful harvest. Most native bees are better pollinators than the European honeybee, and native bees need native plants!  Read more on Prairie Moon Nurserys Website here.

At Home Field Trip: Dirt

Join our Volutneer Coordinator, Danika on an at home field trip focused on dirt!  Read it all here.

Is It Always Bad to be Bird-Brained?

Now that our Backyard Bird March Madness is over, we would like to feature a group of birds called the Corvids, whose most famous southeastern members are the American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos) and Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata). This group of birds, as well as birds such as Parrots, are widely regarded as some of the smartest birds in the world. Read more here.

Banjo Traditions With Matthew!

Learn about the history of the banjo with Senior Conservation Biologist, Matthew Ivey. Click here for the full video.

Feral Pigs: Facts & Findings

Learning About Rat Snakes With Nick & Lydia

Join Nick our Director of Parks and Education and his daughter Lydia to learn more about rat snakes in Georgia. Click here for the full video.

Backyard Birding With Matthew!

Go backyard birding with our own in-house Senior Conservation Biologist, Matthew Ivey. Click here for the full video.

Walking With Your Dog In Nature With Nick, Colin & Charlie

Learn more about the best ways to handle your furry friend while out at our public nature preserves. Watch the entire video here.

History of the Four-Leaf Clover & Clover Crafts

Lots of history and superstition surrounds the four-leaf clover. As a child, I fondly remember standing in the yard with my Dad searching for four-leaf clovers, he could spot one a mile away. Our new office in downtown Fayetteville, Georgia has a lovely patch filled with clovers!

Your chances of discovering a four-leaf clover are 1:10,000 – which makes you more than lucky when you find one. Since today is Saint Patrick’s Day, we encourage you to go outdoors and join the hunt. Send us a photo of you with a four-leaf clover today and we will send you an SCT Sticker!   Read on for more and crafts!

The Ridge Wildlife Report: March 2020

The Ridge Nature Area is a 308 acre nature preserve owned by the City of Fayetteville and managed by the Southern Conservation Trust. Learn more through the March 2020 Wildlife Report. View full report here.

Environmental Education Blog

“So you just walk around in the woods?” Not exactly!!!
So I get asked often if my job is just walking around in the woods. So what does a Conservation Biologist actually do?As my first blog post, I want to explain a bit about what I do as the Conservation Biologist for the Southern Conservation Trust. When it comes to natural resource protection, we have two different types of fieldwork that are incorporated into conservation easements. These are baseline documentation reports that are documented before an easement is written, and annual monitoring that takes place after an easement closes.  Read more…

A Virtual Tour of Nesmith Preserve

Thanks to Michael Clifton for this beautiful footage and tour of Nesmith Preserve. The preserve is currently open to visitors and can be found by going through the parking lot at Starr’s Mill High School and is on the back side of the parking lot.  To view the full video please click here.

Danger Noodle, Wildlife Ambassador

Danger Noodle is a grey rat snake and is one of the Southern Conservation Trust’s wildlife ambassadors. Click here to read more about him.

Birding By Ear

Birders can spend a lot of time flipping through field guides to identify different species by their pictures, but birds don’t often stand still for 20 minutes while you do so! A fun challenge is to learn to identify species by their songs and calls. This can be really useful when you’re in dense forests or when birds are otherwise hidden from view.

Our Director of Conservation & Stewardship Jesse Woodsmith knows over 60 regional species “by ear” and regularly conducts bird surveys this way! Check out the following tools to work on your backyard bird ID. Impress your friends by pointing out a bird while not even looking in its direction! If you like this topic, we can share more resources and hold bird walks/training in the future.  Read more…

Nature Book Corner: Staff Picks

Here’s a selection of excellent nature focused reads for you and your family!  Find all our selections here.

Bringing Nature Inside

Are you stuck inside with your kids? Struggling to find ways to help them learn concepts they are now being taught online?  Read more now.

Podcast: The Conservation Conversation

Listen to our podcast the Conservation Conversation. New episodes coming soon. Listen here.

Write Your Own Nature Haiku

Haiku is a Japanese poetry form. A haiku uses just a few words to capture a moment and create a picture in the reader’s mind. It is like a tiny window into a scene much larger than itself.

Traditionally, haiku is written in three lines, with five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line.  Learn more here.

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