Ruby-throated Humingbird by Christy Cox
What's Good for birds is good for people, too
From our beautiful coastline to the Blue Ridge Mountains , Georgia has many natural natural wonders that attract a myriad of birds to our urban environment.
Sadly, many of the birds arrive to find habitat destroyed by development, over-run by exotic species, or polluted and depleted by human use. Birds Georgia is committed to restoring our urban green spaces and helping create and manage bird-friendly habitats for birds and people, too.
Building Places where birds and people thrive
Habitat restoration projects focus on removing exotic and invasive vegetation, managing ecosystems, and planting native bird-friendly plant species. Our goal is to help create and maintain a functioning native ecosystem that benefits all organisms, inlcuding birds, wildlife, and people. Our projects range from nest box placement, invasive plant removal, native plant installation, and bird banding to nest monitoring, and educational displays.
Create a diverse group of environmental stewards in Georgia through science-based, bird-focused educational programs
Improve bird health and habitat in Georgia through innovative , collaborative conservation programs
Engage and collaborate with communities throughout Georgia to connect people and birds
Lyon Farm at Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area
Chattahoochee Riverlands Camp & Paddle Trail
Birds Georgia was recently awarded a grant from National Fish & Wildlife Foundation’s Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Program to restore habitat in the South River Watershed for the benefit of birds, pollinators, and other wildlife. The project site is located within the Lyon Farm area of the Arabia Mountain National Heritage Area, adjacent to the South River in southern DeKalb County.
As part of the restoration effort, Birds Georgia will work with local partners and volunteers to remove non-native vegetation from 10 acres of the South River Watershed and install 5,400 bird-friendly native plants and 40 pounds of seed to the area to provide high quality habitat for birds and other species. Throughout the process, Birds Georgia will engage local community members through volunteer projects, bird and wildlife monitoring, and public outreach and education programming.
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The Chattahoochee River and its adjacent habitat serve as one of the most valuable corridors for birds across the state of Georgia and the entire southeast. Hundreds of species nest, overwinter, or pass through these spaces, finding rich food sources and secure resting places.
In partnership with the Chattahoochee RiverLands, Birds Georgia is restoring bird-friendly habitat along the Chattahoochee RiverLands Camp and Paddle Trail, a 48-mile trail that spans the Chattahoochee River from the Standing Peachtree Greenspace in Atlanta to Chattahoochee Bend State Park in Coweta County. The trail offers a new kayak launch site at Atlanta’s Standing Peachtree Greenspace, an overnight camping opportunity at Campbellton Park in Chattahoochee Hills, a new camping site at a new park in Chattahoochee Hills called RiverLands Park, and a final stop at the beautiful McIntosh Reserve in Carroll County. The trail is expected to open in Spring 2024.
Birds Georgia’s Habitat Team is removing invasive species and restoring native, bird-friendly plants at each site along the Chattahoochee RiverLands Camp & Paddle Trail to improve each habitat for native birds.
Open to the public
Managed by the Jekyll Island Authority
Birds Georgia is partnering with the Jekyll Island Authority and other organizations to restore more than 10 acres on Jekyll Island to improve habitat currently overrun by non-native plants and protect dune areas of Jekyll Island to make them more resilient and ecologically rich.
As part of the project, Birds Georgia’s habitat restoration crew and volunteers are removing non-native invasive plant species, primarily Bahia Grass (Paspalum notatum) and Bermuda Grass (Cynodon dactylon), and installing native plant vegetation, including approximately 15,000 native coastal grasses, primarily Muhlenbergia sericea.
Pollinator Garden at Island Ford Unit of Chattahoochee River National Recreation area
Open to the public
Managed by Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area
At the Island Ford Unit of the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, the team has reinvigorated a fantastic pollinator garden just outside of the park headquarters. Chock full of native plants, like American beautyberry, ironweed, mountain mint, and rattlesnake master, the garden is a pollinator's paradise thanks to the many flowering grassland species that may be found in this landscape. Just as the insects benefit from this landscape, so do the many birds that migrate through or nest along the Chattahoochee and find themselves with a healthier selection of food sources.
Little Creek Horse Farm
THe exhibitat at Piedmont Park
Partnerships and collaboration are central to our habitat improvement projects. Our partners not only include groups who own, preserve, or manage land, but also those who provide environmental expertise, volunteer support, community outreach, and resources.