Walks and Talks

This includes Walk and Talk reports


2017 March Report – The Talledaga Golden Eagle Project

The Talledaga Golden Eagle Project, with Jonathan Stober, Wildlife Biologist with the USFS Talledaga National Forrest. March 25, 2017 Jonathan described ongoing collaborative studies of the Golden Eagle as efforts are made to doacument their prevalence east of the Mississippi and migration routes between breeding grounds in Canada and wintering […]


2016 August Report – Volcanoes and Volcanism

On August 20, 2016, Dr. Tim Chowns explained how rocks melt to form magma and volcanoes. Unlike water, which melts and then crystallizes (at 32o F, Oo C) as a single mineral (ice), magmas crystallize numerous silicate minerals all with different melting/crystallization temperatures. In general light silicate minerals (rich in […]


2016 July Report – Beavers

Kevin McCauley from the Blue Heron Nature Preserve located at 4055 Roswell Road in Atlanta inspired 25+ attendees at the July Walk and Talk.  Kevin, noted as the “Beaver Whisperer”, explained the impact of the beavers in this island of green space in the busy city.   This oasis of […]


2016 April Report

Mike and Gina led the April Walk and Talk pointing out native plants and wildflowers. Mike set up a page with plants that were either seen or discussed on the walk and posted it on a temporary webpage that will be available for a short period of time. His permanent […]


2015 October Report

Renee Simmons Raney let a walk and talk at McIntosh Reserve called “Nature Observation through Fairy Houses.  Children and adults constructed “fairy houses” from natural objects, such as stones, branches, flowers, feathers etc., found in the woods around Council Bluff.  Houses were built in the crevices and holes of trees, on the ground, […]


2015 August Report

In August of 2015, Brent Hess and Paul Jones, fish biologists with DNR fisheries, discussed the responsibilities for oversight and management of fish health in the Chattahoochee River basin as well as for public safety and access to the river and lakes for fishing and boating. DNR is responsible for […]


2015 July Report

Dr. Jerry Stober presented a Walk and Talk on the effects of CO2 in the atmosphere.  A summary of his presentation  CO2 and Climate and Change will be found in the Other Publications page. Thank you, Jerry, for taking the time to put this information together for us.


2015 June Report

On Saturday June 16, we traveled the course we usually take at Christmas and for the spring wildflower hike.  It was fun seeing and identifying our old friends in their summer dresses and shapes.  And Ben’s stories of McIntosh’s last hours, and sightings of old stills spiced the walk with other things […]


2015 May Report

The May 2015 Walk and Talk was led by Dr. Tim Chowns and featured the history of the Appalachians as visible from McIntosh Reserve Park. Beginning with a review of the major rock families one expects to find within a mountain range, Tim took us through the dynamic process of the birthing and erosion of […]