MAY — Rose Guerra, a naturalist/environmental educator, was our guest speaker for our May 16th meeting at Bethesda Senior Center sharing her knowledge regarding Dragonflies and their Habitat. Rose gave us a lighthearted introduction to the Dragonflies and Damselflies of Georgia, their beauty and contributions to our environment. Rose currently contracts with several environmental organizations, including Atlanta Audubon Society, Dunwoody Nature Center, Blue Heron Nature Preserve, City of Sandy Springs Rec/Parks, Chattahoochee Nature Center to share her knowledge of many species in Georgia.
APRIL — Everyone loves hummingbirds! These tiny birds with extraordinary abilities lead fascinating lives. Education Director Melanie Furr of Georgia Audubon told us about A Year in the Life of a Hummingbird, from their courtship and breeding to their incredible migration. As the caregiver for the world’s only ambassador hummingbird, Melanie shared unique insights into the lives of these miraculous little birds and brought Polly along to demonstrate many of the facts she shared with us. It was a great evening that every one enjoyed.
FEBRUARY —- Dr. Tim Smalley, Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professor Emeritus, UGA, was our featured speaker for our noon meeting at Bethesda Senior Center on February 21st. Dr. Smalley discussed his project documenting the Significant Trees of Georgia and showed pictures of various trees that are situated throughout Georgia. These are trees with historical and horticultural significance, and trees on public and private land. A horticulturally significant tree is a unique species or is an outstanding specimen for the locale. A historically significant tree is associated with a historical site or has “witnessed” a historical event.