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The fire got away from us on Thursday. This happens from time to time so we are always prepared. Normally we would take care of spots like this with leaf blowers, fire rakes, and water. But we happened to have a #bulldozer handy and one of our guys needed more experience plowing a break. We call them "prescribed" burns, not "controlled". We don't want to give ourselves the illusion that we are really in control of the flame. This is one that it killed me to put out, it was a beautiful backing fire going down the hill, it would have been great for the understory.
#fire #wildfire #forestry #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #firefighting #prescribed fire
The fire got away from us on Thursday. This happens from time to time so we are always prepared. Normally we would take care of spots like this with leaf blowers, fire rakes, and water. But we happened to have a #bulldozer  handy and one of our guys needed more experience plowing a break. We call them "prescribed" burns, not "controlled". We don't want to give ourselves the illusion that we are really in control of the flame. This is one that it killed me to put out, it was a beautiful backing fire going down the hill, it would have been great for the understory. #fire  #wildfire  #forestry  #georgiawildlife  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #firefighting  #prescribed  fire
Prescribed fire is an important management tool here in the southeast, and we lead by example in the use of it. Prescribed fire can be used to reduce fuels and thus #wildfire risk, create quality #habitat, prepare an area for planting, etc. It's also fun...
#georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #fire #forestry #prescribedfire #georgia #firefighting #nature #mountains #logging
Burn season is officially underway, for me at least! After weeks of fighting schedules and weather I finally got in my first burn of the season. This was a a site prep burn, where we're preparing an area to be planted. Here will be #shortleaf pine. Site prep burns are fun, we basically just go for nuke level intensity. It did escape once today but some quick work with the #bulldozer contained it.
#fire #prescribedfire #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlife #georgiawildlife #forestry #wildfire #firefighting
Burn season is officially underway, for me at least! After weeks of fighting schedules and weather I finally got in my first burn of the season. This was a a site prep burn, where we're preparing an area to be planted. Here will be #shortleaf  pine. Site prep burns are fun, we basically just go for nuke level intensity. It did escape once today but some quick work with the #bulldozer  contained it. #fire  #prescribedfire  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #wildlife  #georgiawildlife  #forestry  #wildfire  #firefighting 
Tiny baby mouse is tiny. 🐭#lilbeeb .
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#tiny #cute #baby #mouse #wildlife #weloveatl #georgiawildlife #wildliferehab #wildliferehabilitation
Met some of my wildlife neighbors this afternoon while picking up all the renters’ garbage from the backyard. 1: lizard 🦎 (brown anole?) 2: everyone’s favorite southern critter 3: Ahhh, a snek! 🐍(Non-danger noodle) 4: no 🐍 here, just a lil ol’ stick... 😂  #GeorgiaWildlife #AhASnake #DangerNoodle #Cockroach
Met some of my wildlife neighbors this afternoon while picking up all the renters’ garbage from the backyard. 1: lizard 🦎 (brown anole?) 2: everyone’s favorite southern critter 3: Ahhh, a snek! 🐍(Non-danger noodle) 4: no 🐍 here, just a lil ol’ stick... 😂 #GeorgiaWildlife  #AhASnake  #DangerNoodle  #Cockroach 
An adult Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) from Georgia’s Fall Line. #snake #reptile #wildlife #snakesofgeorgia #snakesofinstagram #georgiawildlife #georgiaoutdoors
In my opinion stripe-necked musk turtles have to be one of the prettiest species of kinosternids (the family of mud and musk turtles) on the planet. This population in particular has some of the largest adults of the species that I’ve ever seen (this is a subadult), and the head widths are off the charts. Don’t expect me to ever stop sharing photos of this species 😅 #Georgiawildlife #muskturtle #Sternotherus
In my opinion stripe-necked musk turtles have to be one of the prettiest species of kinosternids (the family of mud and musk turtles) on the planet. This population in particular has some of the largest adults of the species that I’ve ever seen (this is a subadult), and the head widths are off the charts. Don’t expect me to ever stop sharing photos of this species 😅 #Georgiawildlife  #muskturtle  #Sternotherus 
Just reaching out to wish everyone a happy weekend and to invite you to stop by for one of our free public tours on Saturday or Sunday at 1 PM. #lovethewildlife #wildliferehab #opossum #awesomepossum #georgiawildlife #atlantaevents
When nature calls...you take a selfie. Then a few minutes later passed an 8-pt buck in my neighborhood.
When nature calls...you take a selfie. Then a few minutes later passed an 8-pt buck in my neighborhood.
That's a nice waterfall you've got there Cloudland Canyon. A short, but difficult, two mile hike can take you to the base of both Cherokee and Hemlock falls.
#wandernorthga #georgiawildlife #gastateparks #cloudland #georgia #mountains #hiking #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud
This is a #ToyStory reference to the snake...”There’s a snake in my boot”...in this case, “There’s a snake in my bucket!”
@tomhanks He was just taken to the creek! Another animal saved👍🏻 #AnimalRescue #SouthernAccent #GeorgiaWildlife
This snake did not use #WednesdayWisdom , luckily, he met a kind , animal loving soul (ME!) who rescued him from my pool. I’m taking him on the golf cart to the pond further back on our land/acreage and letting him go. See, I have a really good heart...and yes, a super southern accent. (It’s part of my charm; you’d like me! #AnimalRescue #GeorgiaWildlife #NotScared
This snake did not use #WednesdayWisdom  , luckily, he met a kind , animal loving soul (ME!) who rescued him from my pool. I’m taking him on the golf cart to the pond further back on our land/acreage and letting him go. See, I have a really good heart...and yes, a super southern accent. (It’s part of my charm; you’d like me! #AnimalRescue  #GeorgiaWildlife  #NotScared 
The tranquility of watching this 🦌 from my window was surreal. We each were going about our day without a care in the world.
The tranquility of watching this 🦌 from my window was surreal. We each were going about our day without a care in the world.
I still can’t believe we found this snake. Definitely years in the making. Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus) from Georgia’s Fall Line. Pine snakes in this area are believed to be intergrades between Northern Pines (P. m. melanoleucus) and Florida Pines (P. m. mugitus). #snake #reptile #wildlife #snakesofgeorgia #snakesofinstagram #georgiawildlife #georgiaoutdoors
Hawk right over my head this morning! #goodmorning #georgiawildlife #animals #birds #hawk #wildlife
Cloudland Canyon State Park in northwest #Georgia. In my opinion it feels like another world here, not the southeastern United States.
#georgiawildlife #gastateparks #forestry #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #canyon #fall #leaves #trees #mountains
Amicalola Falls was on fire today with #fall foliage. Get up to the north #Georgia mountains while it's hot!
#mountains #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #waterfall #amicalolafalls #hiking #forestry
Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) from Georgia. #reptile #snake #wildlife #snakesofgeorgia #snakesofinstagram #georgiawildlife #georgiaoutdoors
DEPLOY! Wild land fire fighting refresher course. Practicing fire shelter deployment. These are your absolute last resort on the fire line, but are deployed when the fire is inevitably about to overtake the crew. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don't, hoping to never need to use one but to always be ready if it's needed. The real ones are silver.
#fire #firefighting #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlandfirefighter #georgiawildlife #forestry #amicalolafalls #georgia
Pine Snake (Pituophis melanoleucus) from Georgia's fall line. Pine snakes in this area are believed to be intergrades between Northern Pines (P. m. melanoleucus) and Florida Pines (P. m. mugitus). #snake #reptiles #wildlife #snakesofgeorgia #snakesofinstagram #georgiawildlife #georgiaoutdoors
Just came across this young redbellied snake while getting ready to leave work today! #sighted_on_the_127 #georgiawildlife #snakesofinstagram
Wild 5-year old Bald Eagle drying off after a rain shower at CNC right now. The other one is in the tree next to it! #sighted_on_the_127 #baldeagle #georgiawildlife
First decent looks and photos of Saltmarsh Sparrows in my life! These typically secretive birds recently arrived to the GA coast for the winter and were sitting up nicely last Saturday at Fort Pulaski NM #saltmarsh #saltmarshsparrow #fortpulaski #birding #naturephotography #georgiawildlife #birdsofinstagram
To me there are few things better in the fishing world than being out on the river during fall season! 
#flyfishing #flyfishga #northgaflyfishing #wandernorthga #troutbum #unicoistatepark #fall #repyourwater #southeastflyfishing #georgiawildlife
During the road trip in the mountain backroads, I came across some wildlife. Wild turkeys and deer’s! #northgeorgia #northgeorgiamountains #georgiawildlife #deer #wildturkeys
Working on clearing timber off the old landfill at Pigeon Mountain, so that environmental protection division can replace the soil cap. The landfill was shut down for illegal dumping of carpet waste, creating a toxic superfund site. This will be an interesting one. Spongy, soft spots, erosion gullies, and random cliffs like this dot the site. We are then going to manage the site for small game hunting and early successional habitat.
#pigeonmountain #mountains #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #wildlifemanagement #wildlife #hunting #rocks #georgia #superfund #toxic #forestry #logging
Working on clearing timber off the old landfill at Pigeon Mountain, so that environmental protection division can replace the soil cap. The landfill was shut down for illegal dumping of carpet waste, creating a toxic superfund site. This will be an interesting one. Spongy, soft spots, erosion gullies, and random cliffs like this dot the site. We are then going to manage the site for small game hunting and early successional habitat. #pigeonmountain  #mountains  #georgiawildlife  #mypubliclands  #publiclandsproud  #wildlifemanagement  #wildlife  #hunting  #rocks  #georgia  #superfund  #toxic  #forestry  #logging 
Fall is Gazer and Tappy's favorite season 🍁🍂🌞#barredowl #owlfriends .
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#owl #fall #wildlife #georgiawildlife #wildliferehab #beautifulday #weloveatl
Comparative photo of a Southern Hognose Snake (Heterodon simus) and an Eastern Hognose Snake (Heterodon platirhinos). H. simus have more sharply-upturned snouts and come in less color/pattern variations than do H. platirhinos. #snake #reptile #wildlife #georgiaoutdoors #georgiawildlife #snakesofgeorgia #snakesofinstagram
A rare visitor to CCWA properties, this common loon (Gavia immer) attracted a small crowd yesterday to the E. L. Huie Holding Ponds. Seen in Georgia during migration, this beautiful bird breeds in northern North America and spends the winter on the coast. Loons are divers, diving with hardly a splash to catch fish. 
#wetlands #wetlandscenter  #water #waterbirds #birds #birding #fishing #fisherbird #claytoncounty #georgia #georgiawildlife #native #nature #naturephotography #lunch #getoutside #getoutsideatlanta #environmentaleducation
A rare visitor to CCWA properties, this common loon (Gavia immer) attracted a small crowd yesterday to the E. L. Huie Holding Ponds. Seen in Georgia during migration, this beautiful bird breeds in northern North America and spends the winter on the coast. Loons are divers, diving with hardly a splash to catch fish. #wetlands  #wetlandscenter  #water  #waterbirds  #birds  #birding  #fishing  #fisherbird  #claytoncounty  #georgia  #georgiawildlife  #native  #nature  #naturephotography  #lunch  #getoutside  #getoutsideatlanta  #environmentaleducation 
Got a picture of these ladies in my yard right before they ran off! #deer #wildlife #backyard #georgiawildlife #Georgia
Have you seen one of our local Belted kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon) while exploring the Boardwalk Trail? They're very fast and hard to capture on the wing.

Here's what AllAboutBirds.org has to say about them: "With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle, the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one blue band across the white breast, while females have a blue and a chestnut band." #wetlands #wetlandscenter #wetlandbirds #lakebirds #fisher #kingfisher #birds #fallintofall #birding #naturephotography #nature #birdphotography #getoutside #getoutsideatlanta #environmentaleducation #rattles #hike #georgiawildlife #peachstate #flyby #nativewildlife
Have you seen one of our local Belted kingfishers (Megaceryle alcyon) while exploring the Boardwalk Trail? They're very fast and hard to capture on the wing. Here's what AllAboutBirds.org has to say about them: "With its top-heavy physique, energetic flight, and piercing rattle, the Belted Kingfisher seems to have an air of self-importance as it patrols up and down rivers and shorelines. It nests in burrows along earthen banks and feeds almost entirely on aquatic prey, diving to catch fish and crayfish with its heavy, straight bill. These ragged-crested birds are a powdery blue-gray; males have one blue band across the white breast, while females have a blue and a chestnut band." #wetlands  #wetlandscenter  #wetlandbirds  #lakebirds  #fisher  #kingfisher  #birds  #fallintofall  #birding  #naturephotography  #nature  #birdphotography  #getoutside  #getoutsideatlanta  #environmentaleducation  #rattles  #hike  #georgiawildlife  #peachstate  #flyby  #nativewildlife 
Whoa! What a great capture by Kimberly Parker at the @awarewildlife Workshop!
Whoa! What a great capture by Kimberly Parker at the @awarewildlife Workshop!
I apologize for the plethora of leaf photos guys. It's gonna be that way for a little bit. North #Georgia is showing off, she can't help it. Did you know Crockford-Pigeon Mountain WMA is our most visited WMA, with over 200,000 hunters, cavers, climbers, hang gliders, horseback riders, etc. per year.
#fall #mountains #pigeonmountain #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #leaves #georgiawildlife
Discovered this dashing male box turtle (Terrapene carolina) while taking leaf litter samples with the Environmental Science class today. He was a great ambassador for all turtles and brought lots of wonder to our day. Box turtles often hibernate beneath thick layers of leaf litter throughout the long winter months. We hope he has a restful sleep and look forward to seeing him again in spring! #darlingtonschool #georgiawildlife #boxturtle
Discovered this dashing male box turtle (Terrapene carolina) while taking leaf litter samples with the Environmental Science class today. He was a great ambassador for all turtles and brought lots of wonder to our day. Box turtles often hibernate beneath thick layers of leaf litter throughout the long winter months. We hope he has a restful sleep and look forward to seeing him again in spring! #darlingtonschool  #georgiawildlife  #boxturtle 
Taken this morning at Wilson Shoals Wildlife Management Area (on the job not hunting). Firearms #deer season has started here in #Georgia, and it's gotten good and cool. I've had to start decking out in orange. Anyone get one yet?
#georgiawildlife #hunting #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #mountains #fall #wildlife #deerhunting
So...I was on my way home from work, saw a Bald Eagle eating a dead armadillo on the road, and just happened to have my camera in the car, for once in my life!! Never seen one that close, and I actually had my camera. 😄  #baldeagle #wildlifephotography #southgeorgia #georgiawildlife
So...I was on my way home from work, saw a Bald Eagle eating a dead armadillo on the road, and just happened to have my camera in the car, for once in my life!! Never seen one that close, and I actually had my camera. 😄 #baldeagle  #wildlifephotography  #southgeorgia  #georgiawildlife 
Temperatures are dropping at night, and most spiders are on their way out. The last generation of female spiny orbweavers (Gasteracantha cancriformes) will leave us their egg sacs just before expiring. After two weeks, the spiderlings will hatch and find places to hide from hungry birds during the long winter. Then, as the leaves and insects return in spring, our new generation of spiders will feed voraciously and begin having their own young in less than one month.#georgiawildlife #spiders
Temperatures are dropping at night, and most spiders are on their way out. The last generation of female spiny orbweavers (Gasteracantha cancriformes) will leave us their egg sacs just before expiring. After two weeks, the spiderlings will hatch and find places to hide from hungry birds during the long winter. Then, as the leaves and insects return in spring, our new generation of spiders will feed voraciously and begin having their own young in less than one month.#georgiawildlife  #spiders 
I woke up this morning thankful that I’m healthy and free to hunt God’s provision for my family.  That’s gonna be a lot of sausage. There ain’t nothing like harvesting a buck you’ve spent multiple years going after on a public piece of property.  #publiclandhunting #whitetail #publicland #georgia #georgiaoutdoorsman #georgiaoutdoors #georgiaoutdoornews #georgiawildlife #huntgeorgia #gon #deerseason2017 #oconeenationalforest #thankYouJesus #10pointer #gohuntgeorgia
I woke up this morning thankful that I’m healthy and free to hunt God’s provision for my family. That’s gonna be a lot of sausage. There ain’t nothing like harvesting a buck you’ve spent multiple years going after on a public piece of property. #publiclandhunting  #whitetail  #publicland  #georgia  #georgiaoutdoorsman  #georgiaoutdoors  #georgiaoutdoornews  #georgiawildlife  #huntgeorgia  #gon  #deerseason2017  #oconeenationalforest  #thankYouJesus  #10pointer  #gohuntgeorgia 
Congratulations to my fiancé for getting her first deer on opening day yesterday. Glad I could be there with you. #8point #georgiawildlife #swampassassin
#AreYouAWARE that black rat snakes (like our ambassador Jeffrey enjoying some outdoor time here) are excellent tree climbers, as well as excellent swimmers? These snakes play an important role controlling populations of rodents and other small animals. Shy and nonaggressive, rat snakes pose no threat to humans and are protected in Georgia by law. #lovethewildlife #blackratsnake #snakesarepeopletoo #wildlifeambassador #snake #georgiawildlife
This little guy's nope meter went off and he changed course quick. He was going to get the walk anyway. Meanwhile I am still waiting for his dad or grandpa!.
This little guy's nope meter went off and he changed course quick. He was going to get the walk anyway. Meanwhile I am still waiting for his dad or grandpa!.
This little red-bellied snake greeted staff at the back door this afternoon. 
Have a great evening, everyone!

#wetlands #wetlandscenter #scales #snakes #wildlife #georgiawildlife #getoutside #nature #metroatlanta #metroatl #littlefriends #friendsinlowplaces #slither #ssss #fallintofall #forests #camouflage #native
Well, lookie! One of my favorite Atlanta artists @blackcattips came by Aware to show off a shirt design he made for us! Skulli thinks he did a pretty good job 😉Details on where to purchase to follow! #supportlocalart #supportlocalwildlife 🐾
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#weloveatl #blackcattips #opossum #wildliferehab #georgiawildlife #atlantaartist
One of “nature’s crunchy grapes,” as a friend of mine calls them, this minute nugget is a 2.0g eastern musk turtle hatchling. He was rescued by @owenkinneyimages and a Pre-K class. His nest was excavated/exposed, and this guy was found with a ruptured yolk side alongside an unhatched egg. I told Owen I’d take him and put some weight on him. So far we are up to 2.3 grams, >10% in mass! He’s still probably the #tiniestturtle I’ve ever seen. #babyturtle #sternotherus #turtle #tinyturtle #Georgiawildlife
One of “nature’s crunchy grapes,” as a friend of mine calls them, this minute nugget is a 2.0g eastern musk turtle hatchling. He was rescued by @owenkinneyimages and a Pre-K class. His nest was excavated/exposed, and this guy was found with a ruptured yolk side alongside an unhatched egg. I told Owen I’d take him and put some weight on him. So far we are up to 2.3 grams, >10% in mass! He’s still probably the #tiniestturtle  I’ve ever seen. #babyturtle  #sternotherus  #turtle  #tinyturtle  #Georgiawildlife 
WE WERE BEING FOLLOWED BY A DOE. I thought it was just someone behind us on the trail, but no! 
#kennesawmountain #georgiawildlife
NEW state record blue catfish! This 93 lb, 0 oz whopper was caught by Richard Barrett on the Altamaha River this past Saturday while he was out on a fishing trip with his daughter. It beats the old record by more than 12 pounds! Richard said he was shocked when the fish surfaced and was worried he wouldn't be able to get it in the boat. Congrats to you Richard - great fish! State record program info at http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules #staterecord #thatsabigun #georgiawildlife #fishing #fishelite #werenotyouraveragefisherman
NEW state record blue catfish! This 93 lb, 0 oz whopper was caught by Richard Barrett on the Altamaha River this past Saturday while he was out on a fishing trip with his daughter. It beats the old record by more than 12 pounds! Richard said he was shocked when the fish surfaced and was worried he wouldn't be able to get it in the boat. Congrats to you Richard - great fish! State record program info at http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules #staterecord  #thatsabigun  #georgiawildlife  #fishing  #fishelite  #werenotyouraveragefisherman 
Sadly, our little horseshoe crab friend was no longer with us but it’s always a treat to find such amazing reference sketch material! #seetheworld  #horseshoecrab #georgiawildlife #tybeeisland #referencematerial #naturesketch #ripmydude #dinosaur
Check out this new state record 😲😲😲 #Repost @georgiawildlife (@get_repost)
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NEW state record blue catfish! This 93 lb, 0 oz whopper was caught by Richard Barrett on the Altamaha River this past Saturday while he was out on a fishing trip with his daughter. It beats the old record by more than 12 pounds! Richard said he was shocked when the fish surfaced and was worried he wouldn't be able to get it in the boat. Congrats to you Richard - great fish! State record program info at http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules #staterecord #thatsabigun #georgiawildlife #fishing
Check out this new state record 😲😲😲 #Repost  @georgiawildlife (@get_repost) ・・・ NEW state record blue catfish! This 93 lb, 0 oz whopper was caught by Richard Barrett on the Altamaha River this past Saturday while he was out on a fishing trip with his daughter. It beats the old record by more than 12 pounds! Richard said he was shocked when the fish surfaced and was worried he wouldn't be able to get it in the boat. Congrats to you Richard - great fish! State record program info at http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules #staterecord  #thatsabigun  #georgiawildlife  #fishing 
NEW state record blue catfish! This 93 lb, 0 oz whopper was caught by Richard Barrett on the Altamaha River this past Saturday while he was out on a fishing trip with his daughter. It beats the old record by more than 12 pounds! Richard said he was shocked when the fish surfaced and was worried he wouldn't be able to get it in the boat. Congrats to you Richard - great fish! State record program info at http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules #staterecord #thatsabigun #georgiawildlife #fishing
NEW state record blue catfish! This 93 lb, 0 oz whopper was caught by Richard Barrett on the Altamaha River this past Saturday while he was out on a fishing trip with his daughter. It beats the old record by more than 12 pounds! Richard said he was shocked when the fish surfaced and was worried he wouldn't be able to get it in the boat. Congrats to you Richard - great fish! State record program info at http://georgiawildlife.com/fishing/recordprogram/rules #staterecord  #thatsabigun  #georgiawildlife  #fishing 
This young Red-tailed Hawk with a broken wing is on the mend and looks rather dapper in purple, don't you think? We think this patient was probably hit by a car. Remember never to toss litter from your car, even if it's biodegradable, as it attracts critters and their predators to the roadsides. #AreYouAWARE #wildliferescue #wildliferehab #redtailedhawk #georgiawildlife #hawk #protectwildlife #dontlitter
Have you seen this sneaky largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) hanging around the lower bridge? She waits patiently under the bridge, watching the surface for fish food tossed in for the bluegill. At any given moment, she rushes out to grab a piece of food or even an unsuspecting smaller fish. 
The official state fish of Georgia, largemouth bass are often the top predator in their habitat. They have an incredible sense of smell, allowing them to track their prey from the shadows. 
We know it's tempting but remember, the fish here at the Wetlands Center are protected. There's no fishing here but you're welcome to fish down stream at Shamrock and Blalock Reservoirs until October 31st.

#wetlands #wetlandscenter #watershed #water #nofishing #fish #downstream #bass #largemouthbass #nature #outdoors #outdoorlearning #wildlife #georgiawildlife #getoutside #getoutsideatlanta #metroatl #metroatlanta #trailsingeorgia #atlantatrails #scales #cleanwatercampaign #drinktap #conservation #learnoutdoors #environmentaleducation
Have you seen this sneaky largemouth bass (Micropterus salmoides) hanging around the lower bridge? She waits patiently under the bridge, watching the surface for fish food tossed in for the bluegill. At any given moment, she rushes out to grab a piece of food or even an unsuspecting smaller fish. The official state fish of Georgia, largemouth bass are often the top predator in their habitat. They have an incredible sense of smell, allowing them to track their prey from the shadows. We know it's tempting but remember, the fish here at the Wetlands Center are protected. There's no fishing here but you're welcome to fish down stream at Shamrock and Blalock Reservoirs until October 31st. #wetlands  #wetlandscenter  #watershed  #water  #nofishing  #fish  #downstream  #bass  #largemouthbass  #nature  #outdoors  #outdoorlearning  #wildlife  #georgiawildlife  #getoutside  #getoutsideatlanta  #metroatl  #metroatlanta  #trailsingeorgia  #atlantatrails  #scales  #cleanwatercampaign  #drinktap  #conservation  #learnoutdoors  #environmentaleducation 
It was a great weekend to get out on the water at Unicoi State Park outside of #Helen, #Georgia. There's still plenty of fall color left to be had in the Georgia #mountains. It's barely starting!
#fall #canoe #georgiawildlife #mypubliclands #publiclandsproud #canoeing #hiking #water #fishing
This salamander was under a rotting log that I peeked under along our hike to Raven Cliff Falls today. I think it's a southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera). The Appalachian Mountains are the diversity hotspot for salamanders in the world! 
#salamander #amphibian #amphibianofinstagram #nature #georgianature #georgiawildlife #yellow #smallcreaturesmatter #tinycreature #animalsofinstagram #wildlifephotography
Another shot of the not so shy girls I ran into this morning. I was either really well camouflaged or they didn’t give a damn.
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#hunting #deer #georgia #georgiawildlife
Another shot of the not so shy girls I ran into this morning. I was either really well camouflaged or they didn’t give a damn. - - - - #hunting  #deer  #georgia  #georgiawildlife