Southern Wings Bird Club Welcomes all those who enjoy birds from the beginner to the expert. Special invite for kids & youthful birders including groups.
Join SWBC on the second Monday of each month. Our
meetings are entertaining and educational! Members of all ages always have a
great time. Visitors are welcome!!
Our meeting for July 13th at 7:00 pm
Location: GJAC Conference Room A
Conservation of Eagles in Georgia - Successes and Challenges
Presented by Jim Ozier, Program Manager with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Nongame Conservation Section
Bald eagles were probably once common in Georgia but suffered severe declines into the 1970s when there were no known nesting pairs in the state. The population has recovered well with 188 known nesting territories statewide in the 2014 season. Nests are monitored annually, and landowners are assisted with permit issues if the presence of a nest presents a serious obstacle. Avian Vacuolar Myelinopathy, a mysterious neurological disease, continues to be a problem in some areas. The southern Appalachian Mountains are being noted for their importance to wintering golden eagles. These eagles, which nest in eastern Canada, face increasing challenges, including wind energy facilities and lead ingestion, during migration.
One of Jim Ozier's priorities is working cooperatively with private landowners and managers to conserve rare species and habitats while minimizing impositions. Please join us for what promises to be an educational and engaging presentation.
SWBC Calendar of Upcoming meetings:
Our meeting for August 10th at 7:00 pm
Sandy Komito the man behind the Big Year Location: GJAC Conference Room A
Our meeting for September 14th at 7:00 pm
Tanagers by Dean Demarest (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service) Location: GJAC Conference Room A