by Carla on May 14th, 2018

3 Hikes, 138 Species Spotted

It's been a busy spring for ORLT and for birds alike. Whether or not a hike is specifically intended to be a bird walk or not, there's usually someone in the group who's keeping track of what's seen and heard. The beauty of hiking with nature enthusiasts is that it's impossible to part ways without having learned something new, whether it's the mnemonic of the scarlett tanager (pick-up truck!), or the predatory nesting habits of brown-headed cowbirds (google it- you won't be disappointed).

Anyhow, the point of this blog post is to share with you the bird species that were identified this spring on land protected by ORLT. Thanks to the birders who kept track!

Beech Haven Preserve in Athens (51 species)

Walker Wetlands in Macon (62 species)

Lotsanotty Forest in Jackson County (25 species)

Whether you're counting birds, identifying trees, or simply enjoying the land, we hope to see you on an upcoming hike!

by Carla on February 16th, 2018

ORLT's stewardship team is leading a hike at the Orange Twin conservation easement on Wednesday, February 21 in Clarke County. Hikers will be treated to beautiful streams, hardwood forest, and information about the property's connection to the Orange Twin Conservation Community. This relaxing hike will satisfy ORLT's annual monitoring requirement, which the land trust is required to do with each of its 140 protected properties. This hike will prove that work CAN be fun!

Event Details:

February 21st
10:00AM - 1:00PM

Hikers will need to be comfortable walking on uneven terrain for several miles. There are no facilities, so bringing water and snacks is encouraged. This event is free and open to the public.

To sign-up for this FREE, public hike, email Directions and further information will be sent after you sign-up.

by Carla on February 12th, 2018

Interested in exploring the Tallassee property in Athens, and helping ORLT complete its required annual monitoring visit? Join us on Thursday, February 15th, at 10:00am. All are welcome, no monitoring experience required!

Our stewardship team will lead the walk, although there's no set curriculum for the day. Just enjoying a beautiful forest and what it has to offer. The walk will last for 3 hours or so.

Email for the meeting location or with questions. Hope to see you in the field. Please share with friends!

by Carla on October 27th, 2017

Join Us For a Day of Pitcherplant Habitat Restoration at the
Canoochee Bogs!

Description: Join forces with the Georgia Plant Conservation Alliance for some down-and-dirty Autumn Bogging at the Canoochee Bogs! This is a pitcherplant habitat restoration work day as well as opportunity for learning about herbaceous bog ecology and plants. The task will be to cut shrubs to increase pitcherplant habitat. We plan to follow with burning in 2019. Fire will be able to move more effectively through the habitat with lower shrub density.
Date and Time: Thurs. Nov. 16; 10 AM to 4:00 PM— but you may leave early if needed. Option afterwards for BBQ / semi-veggie sides at Harry’s BBQ in the town of Hagan nearby.
Meeting Location: We will meet at 10:00 AM, town of Bellville, Evans County, at the SW corner of the intersection of State Hwys. 292 and 169. There is a good parking lot here at a restored train depot.
Bring: Work gloves, loppers, hand saws, and/or hand-pruners. Sun protection is critical, as well as lunch and water.
RSVP: Please RSVP! to Lisa Kruse,

by Carla on October 25th, 2017

​We are excited to announce our 2018 Oconee River Belles Benefit Concert to be held on March 22, 2018! 

Click for more information on this exciting event.

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