The Metro Atlanta Group comprises the largest Sierra Club membership within the Georgia Chapter and is dedicated to exploring, preserving and protecting the environment within Atlanta's environs. more info »
Regular meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month. Below is information about the upcoming meeting. See also the Atlanta Group Announcements! below.
The Ex-Com meets the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30 pm, Athens Pizza House, 1341 Clairmont Rd., Decatur. Members are invited to attend and bring their ideas. Please contact an ExCom member for more information.
Upcoming Ex-Com Meetings: March 3 & April 7, 2015 at 7:30 PM
* Note: Because we have had to schedule these events so far in advance for the SIERRAN announcement, dates do need to be moved on occasion. Typically the Monitoring date is on the Saturday following the meeting. The Water Sentinels have suggested that some dates may change, Chemical more likely than Biological. So the dates above are tentative and please contact Larry before the Chemical events. Also, refer to this website for changes.
Description: Our activities involve Peachtree Creek in Medlock Park, 10-11 AM for chemical and 10 AM-noon for biological. For biologic monitoring, we need many eyes to find the macroinvertebrate critters found in the creek. [macro = large enough to be seen with naked eye; invertebrate = animal without backbone].
Contact: For information about chemical monitoring and dates, call Larry Kloet at 404 636-7226. For more details about biological monitoring, call Nancy Wylie at 404-256-1172.
NEWS: DeKalb County Adopt-A-Stream is "2011 Program of the Year" in We Are DeKalb Magazine (pages 30-32)
Also, four parks that inspire are on pages 18-23 and birds on pages 24-25.
Bill Witherspoon has some more events coming up including California: Geology on the Edge, March 12 at Fernbank Science Center, see more: More Geology Events
For some good information about California's geology and to learn about the trip Bill will be leading there go to: http://georgiarocks.us/california/
He worked at Fernbank Science Center for 17 years educating students K-12, and the public about geology, and has just retired.
See the map of Georgia geology .
This tells about the hike he lead before his presentation at our August 12 meeting: https://www.facebook.com/events/607376549370459/?ref=5
A Sierra Club membership makes a good gift for Christmas, birthday or graduation. For a limited time, memberships are as low as $15 and include a free backpack. How can you beat that offer? They make great book-bags for students.
Sierra Club now has a podcast website, so you can stay informed without reading: Sierra Club Radio
Woodlands Garden Events Calendar
932 Scott Blvd.
Put on your walking shoes and explore Decatur's seven-acre garden and Georgia Piedmont native plant habitat. Grape ferns and cranefly orchids are up, plus many other wild plants.
Sundays in the Garden 2014:
• Sunday, Sept. 21, 2 - 4 pm / The Wilderness Act Performance Series. New music, art and poetry created just for Woodlands. Special tribute to the Wilderness Act after 50 years
John Muir's 175th birthday is April 21st. Read more »
John Muir's birthplace museum, Dunbar, Scotland was created after Americans asked about it. John Muir's Birthplace
Location: Mulberry Court, East Point, GA [Google Map]
Description: The trail going through this 27-acre forest, preserved in part by Sierra Club members, includes good views of state champion white oak. Bring cameras, plus plant and animal guide books – the pink ladyslippers were good in April. For more information: Gordon Draves, 404-766-3456 or email@example.com
Gordon Draves went on the bird walk with Audubon on September 23 lead by Dave Butler who presented his program about green-spaces in DeKalb to our group on September 11 (see the entry about meetings). There is a very good article about the preserve on the front page of The Champion Free Press
On the way to the second part of the article on P. 15-A, check out the cartoon Shovel Ready Projects, and the article about the history of Mr. Bird's farm. Please note that there are herons not herrings in the park.
Mother Nature Network article: A walk through Atlanta's Doll's Head Trail
Location: Near Dallas, GA
Pickett's Mill has good trails with flora and fauna besides the history that took place on May 27, 1864-149 years ago. Rated as among the Top 10 most endangered battlefields in 2010, it preserves some important sites.
Picketts Mill Virtual Tour
Picketts Mill Battlefield
If you are traveling from Marietta on GA 120 there are two other parks on the way to Pickett's Mill that you might finding interesting. Take East Pauling Highway, a few blocks west from Due West intersection, for it goes by Lost Mountain Park, which may be the site of the Lost Mountain engagement mentioned at Pickett's Mill--but nothing about that is on their nice website Lost Mountain Park
Mt. Tabor Park is just beyond the intersection of E. Pauling Highway with Mt. Tabor Church Road - here is a GREAT video of the hiking/biking trails there with outstanding action showing the trails and the forests that they go through: Watch Video
Ranger Jerry Hightower of Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area discussed local edible and medicinal plants at our meeting August 13, 2013. He told how to find them, how they were historically used, what they're good for today, and how to identify them. He leads many of the nature walks at CRNRA.
These plants can be found throughout the CRNRA, as well as sometimes in your own neighborhood or back yard.
Here are some of the plants he brought: