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Ga. Wood Stork nest numbers dip, but remain strong

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Photo/ Tim Keyes/GaDNR
Wood stork nests near Camilla seen during a June survey flight.

     BRUNSWICK, Ga. (July 27, 2015) – Although nest totals fell slightly from last year’s record high, Georgia Department of Natural Resources surveys documented strong wood stork nesting this spring and summer.
      Wildlife biologist Tim Keyes, wood stork survey leader for DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, said aerial and ground surveys in May estimated 2,496 nests in 22 colonies. Follow-up surveys this month documented high productivity. The agency’s Nongame Conservation Section and partners such as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

High Temperatures in Georgia Raise Health Concerns

Heat Exhaustion, Hot Cars and Overexposure to Sun Pose Significant Threats

 hot-thermometer     ATLANTA – With temperatures expected to be in the mid 90’s throughout the state for the next several days, the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is urging Georgians to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat and sun and to limit strenuous outdoor activity to prevent heat related illnesses.

Moto Mountain Park closed for film production



     This sign is posted on the door of Motorcycle Bob's in west Pickens. 

         If you get gas or snacks at Motorcycle Bob’s or off road at Moto Mountain Park you’ll have to wait, because they’re both closed while Warner Brothers films on the west Pickens property, according to a sign on the door. 

A hand-written sign on the door of Motorcycle Bob’s convenience store/restaurant on Highway 53 - the same place ATV riders register to use the Moto Mountain Park - says they will reopen on September

Hide and snake at swim meet

State-snake-2A (thankfully) harmless oak snake caused a whole lot of excitement for one Pickens family while at the state swim meet in Tifton Friday. The snake, which had to be extricated by an animal control officer, crawled under the family van and into the undercarriage.
    While in south Georgia sweltering under the heat for her daughter Amanda’s state swimming competition Friday, Melissa Bramlett found the town’s reptile population to be a little too friendly.

  During the break between preliminaries and afternoon finals, the Bramlett’s were seeking relief from the heat in their hotel room when a fellow swim mom called saying she had just seen a snake slither under her van. 

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