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In addition to the topics listed below, seethese topics have their own page:  BirdsCrittersPollinatorsWildlife-friendly Habitat,  and  Trees and Plants.

Wildlife RescueOrphaned Squirrel – If you’ve found an abandoned or injured bird or come across an animal that has been hurt, perhaps this page will help.

Books We Like – Of all the books we have on the environment and wildlife, these are the ones we turn to over and over again.

Two BooksBugs on my plants are a bad thing… right? – Turns out they may be one of the best things to have in your yard. We’ll tell you why and how you can get more.

Bird Nesting – We’ll tell you what we’ve learned from our own observation of birds nesting in our yard and how and where they nest.  There are even one or two opinions included.

composite-6Bird House Dimensions – Want to build your own birdhouse? You’re creative enough to design one, but do you know what the best dimensions are? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service spent years observing bird nesting habits, and they have documented optimum dimensions for birds that use houses.

Bee on MilkweedNative Bees – Our native bees were here before honey bees and have a powerful beneficial impact. Read about these marvelous pollinators and learn how you can help them.

Honey Bees – Sophisticated, social, organized – and they produce honey.  Brought to this country by Europeans, we depend on Honey Bees to pollinate many of our fruits and vegetables and to supply us with honey.

Honey BeesBee Keepers – We have bee keepers right here in Peachtree Park. Read about their hives, how they manage them and what the benefits are. They do it for more reasons than just the honey. And if you live close by, you can walk over and see them for yourself.

Colony Collapse Disorder – Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is the phenomenon that occurs when the majority of worker bees in a colony disappear. We’ll tell you what we know and provide some links for further reading.

Monarch ButterflyMonarch Butterflies – They’ve been missing in our yard for the last two years. Where are they and can we do anything to get them to come back?  There’s also some information including maps about their amazing migration.

Eastern Garter SnakeSnakes – We have a soft spot for them.  You might agree with us if you check out the Snakes page.  And even if you don’t agree, there is some good information here, especially about snakes you are likely to find in Peachtree Park.

Peachtree Park, Atlanta, GA - July, 2016Spiders – Spiders are everywhere and, like snakes, have an unjustified bad reputation.  They are very beneficial in your yard, garden and house.  Learn why and learn about the difference between spiders and insects, spiders that build webs and those that don’t, and the spiders we have in Georgia.

Asian Tiger MosquitoMosquitoes – Learn a little about mosquitoes and how you can survive a typical Georgia mosquito-infested summer.  Since this site is all about wildlife, there are some ways to avoid them that are more wildlife friendly than others.

Paces and MartinaSpecial Trees – Some trees stand out because of their age, size or historical significance.  Did you know there are accepted terms that define these trees such as Specimen, Landmark and Champion?   In fact we have a registered Champion tree right here in Peachtree Park.

Tree CircumferenceTree Age and Size – If you’d like to estimate the age or size of one of your trees, this page can help.  There is also a reference to trees in Atlanta that merit special attention.

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Plant Hardiness Zones – If you are considering a specific tree or shrub, it would be helpful to know in which climate or ‘hardiness zone’ it will survive.  This may keep you from planting something that will not live.  This page contains USDA hardiness map for Georgia (Atlanta is, effectively, zone 7b).

Plant Terminology – Ever wonder what the terms ‘native’ and ‘non-native’ really mean?  Or the difference between a ‘non-native’ plant and one that is ‘invasive’.  So did we. Perhaps this page will help.

 

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