Details of the Nongame Conservation Section's work in fiscal year 2010, which ended June 30, 2010, are available in the sections listed on the right-hand side of this page: Conservation Efforts , Education & Outreach , Land Acquisition & Conservation Planning , and Funding & Administration .
Among other highlights recorded in this online report, you'll learn that Nongame Conservation staff, often working with partner groups and volunteers:
- Completed habitat maps in an 11-county coastal habitat assessment aimed at balancing the region’s growth with conservation of natural communities and rare species.
- Discovered rare amber and freckled darters in the Coosawattee, part of a long-term initiative to document species and develop conservation plans for Georgia’s declining aquatic fauna.
- Conducted the first coast-wide beach and shell rake survey of American oystercatchers and Wilson’s plovers in 10 years.
- Continued rare plant inventories that turned up many priority species in places not documented before, including new sites for Tennessee yellow-eyed grass in Bartow and Floyd counties.
- Staffed prescribed burns on 25,660 acres, and led other habitat restoration such as planting longleaf pines at Chickasawhatchee WMA and native grasses at Panola Mountain State Park.
- Captured, sampled and released 21 bog turtles, nearly 40 percent of all known Georgia bog turtles in the wild, as part of research to help preserve mountain bogs and their unique species.
- Acquired key conservation tracts, such as 7,180 acres on Townsend Wildlife Management Area that feature old-growth cypress forest and riverine sandhills along the Altamaha River.
- Surveyed WMAs and other public lands for bats, creating plans to monitor key habitats as the threat of white-nose syndrome grows.
- Reached about 48,000 students with hands-on conservation education at six regional education centers.
The 2010 report is only available online.