Lake & Wildlife Meeting This Morning – 9:30 at Club Tamarack

Leslie Barker Thomas is the scheduled guest speaker for the program “Native American Influence in North Georgia”. She is the current president of the Georgia Chapter of the Trail of Tears Association.

P.S. Lake & Wildlife is organizing a new committee to study the environment of Bent Tree. It is called the Conservation Project.

The New Ad Hoc Committee

A previous post was about the dissolution of the Ad Hoc Financial Advisory Committee. A new ad hoc committee has been established. This one is called the Assessment Analysis Committee. The mission, according to the new board president, is to advise the Bent Tree Board of Directors on the “…feasibility of seeking a CC&R amendment to alter lot assessments in Bent Tree. And, if an amendment is viable, what solution(s) does the committee recommend, and what would be an appropriate timeline.”

A Bent Tree Bullet was sent out a few days ago with a link to the committee’s initial report. The report can be found on Bent Tree’s official website (property owner login required).

Spotlight Survey in Bent Tree

Click here to read yesterday’s post.

The following is from the unofficial Bent Tree grapevine.

A spotlight survey was conducted in Bent Tree (by BTCI employees) two months ago. Here are the results:

  • 12/01/2014   30 deer counted
  • 12/02/2014   24 deer counted
  • 12/03/2014     8 deer counted

Based on these counts, the estimated deer density = 21 deer per square mile.
Note: the visibility index used in Bent Tree is 1

 

“Although recommended by many state, federal, and non-governmental agencies…”

“…our results suggest that the benefit of spotlight survey data for monitoring deer populations is limited and likely represents a waste of resources with no appreciable management information gained.” – Collier, Bret A., Stephen S. Ditchkoff, Charles R. Ruth, Jr., and Joshua B. Raglin, “Spotlight Surveys for White-Tailed Deer: Monitoring Panacea or Exercise in Futility?”, The Journal of Wildlife Management 77(1):165-171;2013

The article referenced above was not written about the Jekyll Island deer situation, but is certainly pertinent. The article was written based on five years of collected data of thermal-image and spotlight survey data, to determine the reliability of such surveys. Following are the credentials of the authors:

  • Bret A. Collier, Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, Texas A&M University
  • Stephen S. Ditchkoff, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University
  • Charles R. Ruth, Jr. South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
  • Joshua B. Raglin, Norfolk Southern Railway, Brosnan Forest

 

Jekyll Island Deer

Click the links below to read a couple of recent articles regarding deer on Jekyll Island:

Orange Requirement

Firearms hunting season (for both whitetail deer and black bear) starts today in Georgia. Primitive weapons season started last week. Quoting from the Georgia deer hunting regulations: Archery hunters must wear at least 500 square inches of hunter orange during primitive weapons and firearms deer seasons except in Archery-Only Counties. As of last week, any bowhunters in Bent Tree should be abiding by the hunter orange requirement.

Rehabilitated Owl circa 1970

This post isn’t about Bent Tree, but does say something about my interest in wildlife (one of the reasons I wound up here). In the early 1970’s an injured owl turned up in our yard. I took care of it for a couple of weeks, and it was able to fly away. I recently came across photos from my one and only wildlife rehabilitation adventure (shown below). Today, a quick internet search shows that caring for an injured raptor, without proper permits, is illegal.

Here is a current quote from the Georgia DNR website: “INJURED RAPTORS – Should you encounter an injured or dead raptor, it is important to know that both federal and state laws render it illegal to harm or possess these birds. The best solution is to contact the Wildlife Resources Division or a certified wildlife rehabilitation center. These agencies have the proper credentials, such as licensing, and the experience to handle, transport and assist these birds.”

Oops. Hopefully, after 40+ years, any statute of limitations has run its course. According to several internet sources, an injured wild bird should never be put in a wire cage. Forty years ago, there was no World Wide Web. Luckily, somehow, it all worked out for the owl.

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Successful owl rehab in the early 1970's

1948 – North Georgia

“In North Georgia the situation is quite different. The hunting in this area is typically upland game hunting. Widely separated, mature trees, with little or no underbrush, increases the visibility to 200 yards in these typical southern Appalachian hardwoods.” – Allen, George W. (Georgia State Game and Fish Commission). “The Management of Georgia Deer.” The Journal of Wildlife Management, Vol 12, No. 4. October 1948. Pages 428-432.