Pine Beetles

May 14, 2017 - Goldfinch on limb of dead pine tree in Bent Tree

May 14, 2017 – Goldfinch on limb of dead pine tree in Bent Tree

One of the topics for discussion for today’s (May 16) Board Work Session is “Pine Beetles”.  The effects of the drought on both hardwoods and pine trees in our area will show up in the short-term and over the long-term.  Drought stressed pines in Georgia are susceptible to several types of pine beetles, including the Engraver Bark Beetle which is infesting forests in our state (especially in the Piedmont and Mountain regions).  Click here for some historical information (1972-2007) about “Georgia’s Most Destructive Forest Pest”, the Southern Pine Beetle. 1979 was a really bad year.

May 14, 2017 - dead pine trees in Bent Tree

May 14, 2017

Slurping Algae Like Spaghetti

While watching the goldfinches in the spillway the other day (see yesterday’s post), I realized they weren’t there to drink the water. A closer look showed that all three birds were eating long strands of algae, slurping them up like spaghetti noodles. And, they were eating a lot.

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