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State encourages residents to get outdoors this summer

ATLANTA - The state's "Get Outdoors Georgia" initiative encourages citizens to lead healthy, active lifestyles in the great outdoors. Coordinated by the Department of Natural Resources, the program includes hiking, biking and paddling clubs, as well as outdoor events. Now, a new series from DNR Commissioner Chris Clark highlights affordable getaways and outdoor activities close to home.

July 13, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Pest control on the fly

If you hear an ascending "wheep" whistled from the treetops, a great crested flycatcher is nearby. As its name suggests, this large songbird is a pest controller. It eats not only flies, but also beetles, wasps, bees, crickets, moths and caterpillars, plus fruits, berries and, rarely, hummingbirds.

July 06, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Shell of rare snail found

While working recently on a gate at a Catoosa County cave, gate builder Kristen Bobo found a relict snail shell. Georgia Wildlife Resources Division biologist Jason Wisniewski, who was helping with the project to protect bats, recognized the species as the spiny riversnail (lo fluvialis).

July 06, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Conservation efforts help cerulean warbler

FORSYTH - When surveys this spring confirmed cerulean warblers singing in north Georgia forest openings created to attract them, the news was music to Nathan Klaus' ears. It was also confirmation for Klaus and others that some conservation efforts take years to see results.

July 06, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Free lionfish lectures in July

Lad Akins, director of special projects for the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, a Florida based nonprofit group, will speak about the current status and groundbreaking successes of partnerships and rapid response to the unprecedented invasion of lionfish along the Southeast U.S. and Caribbean.

July 06, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


Lady angler has top catch so far

Angler Maryann Wilson caught this 125-pound sailfish in Golfito, Costa Rica, in March. "OK all you fishermen, the battle is on and so far, this lady has you all beat. Eat your hearts out!" Wilson said.

June 30, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Coastal birding

Planning a trip to the beach this summer? Grab your binoculars and take a self-guided tour along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. With a wide variety of habitats across the trail's 18 sites, more than 300 of the state's 400 bird species have been spotted along this route. Favorites include the brightly colored painted bunting, the majestic bald eagle and the endangered wood stork.

June 30, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


So many fish it’s hard to keep up

Hello, everyone. Ol' Tight Line and Tight Line Jr. here with a few fishing reports from around the coastal area.

June 30, 2009 | Staff report | Outdoors/Recreation


River keepers announce mercury initiative

MIDVILLE - Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper recently held its Ogeechee Basin Celebration and Annual Membership meeting at Coleman Lake Restaurant near Midville, GA. Over 100 people turned out to enjoy the afternoon and fish fry from the historic restaurant.

June 30, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


So many fish it's hard to keep up

Hello, everyone. Ol' Tight Line and Tight Line Jr. here with a few fishing reports from around the coastal area.

June 29, 2009 | By Donnie Branch for Allen Branch Columnist | Outdoors/Recreation


Local catches 125-pound sailfish

June 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Outdoors/Recreation


WILD facts: Coastal birding

Planning a trip to the beach this summer? Grab your binoculars and take a self-guided tour along the Colonial Coast Birding Trail. With a wide variety of habitats across the trail's 18 sites, more than 300 of the state's 400 bird species have been spotted along this route. Favorites include the brightly colored painted bunting, the majestic bald eagle and the endangered wood stork.

June 29, 2009 | Staff Report | Outdoors/Recreation


Riverkeepers start mercury initiative

MIDVILLE - Ogeechee-Canoochee Riverkeeper recently held its Ogeechee Basin Celebration and Annual Membership meeting at Coleman Lake Restaurant near Midville, GA. Over 100 people turned out to enjoy the afternoon and fish fry from the historic restaurant.

June 29, 2009 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Scientists 'listen' to fish populations

Most people who spend time on the water in the coastal region are familiar with the idea of fish finders - electronic devices that send signals into the water to locate objects swimming or floating below.

June 26, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Outdoors/Recreation


Scientists: Reef's fish 'help each other'

Scientist and professor of marine sciences Peter Auster, along with two undergraduate interns from the University of Connecticut, recently docked after a two-week research cruise to Gray's Reef where they tracked a few of the Southern Coast's most notorious bad boys.

June 24, 2009 | By Lauren Hunsberger Staff writer | Outdoors/Recreation


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DNR hoping more hunters will help control coyotes

More than 160 coyotes have been killed across the state since the Georgia Department of Natural Resource's coyote challenge started in April.

June 23, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


5 tips for landing big fish on a fly rod

THE GREAT OUTDOORS — Fishermen are famous for their stories of the big one that got away. From excuses about bad knots to tales of fish ...

June 20, 2017 | Spencer Durrant KSL.com | Outdoors/Recreation


Project studying manatees in the area

ST. MARYS - An infusion of tagged manatees may help scientists better understand how the gentle giants use coastal Georgia waters, especially near Kings Bay submarine ...

June 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Brunswick woman catches record tripletail

Brunswick - Jordan Davis of Brunswick caught a tripletail earlier this month that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources said set a women's state record.

June 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Riverkeeper being recruited

The Ogeechee Riverkeeper Board of Directors is seeking a new riverkeeper and executive director to replace Emily Markesteyn Kurilla, who recently stepped down.

June 19, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


Tips on planting zinnias, horse auctions, spittlebugs

Question: Can you purchase zinnia plants or do you have to sow seeds? Is it too late to sow or plant zinnias?

June 17, 2017 | Arty Schronce Coastal Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


State encourages hunting coyotes

More than 160 coyotes have been killed across the state since the Georgia Department of Natural Resource's coyote challenge started in April.

June 16, 2017 | By Nick Bowman Gainesville Times | Outdoors/Recreation


Trash fish tourney helps cancer patients

This weekend will be the Altamaha River Trash Fish Tournament starting at 4 p.m. Friday and ending at 4 p.m. Saturday.

June 08, 2017 | Special to the Courier | Outdoors/Recreation


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