Birds of SGG   Pat Pepper   While there are many wonderful birds to watch at SGG and in your own backyard, there comes a time in your birding life when you want to see some birds that require you to do a little traveling. The birds you might want to see live in a different terrain or climate. Especially…

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Birds of Smith-Gilbert Gardens: April Update By Pat Pepper Several summer visitors were singing in the gardens on the morning of April 18, 2016. The White-eyed Vireos seem to be everywhere, and I heard one beautiful Wood Thrush—my first of the year. Our winter thrush, the Hermit, has moved north to be replaced by the Wood. While all the Thrushes…


Birds of SGG    by Pat Pepper Sept. 14 was one of those promises of Nature days, a promise that cooler, lower humidity days were on the way. Finally, after several months of hot, sticky weather, I was able to don my favorite birding attire: long sleeves and pants, socks and real shoes. Anything less than that makes me vulnerable to…

Plant of the Week: Red Spider Lily

Red spider lily (Lycoris radiata) is native to Japan and can grow up to 1 to 2 feet in height. It is in the amaryllis family and sometimes can be referred to as hurricane lily, especially in Florida because it blooms during hurricane season. It has a bright red bloom that is seen from August to September. The spider lily…

ALL THINGS HUMMINGBIRD: Ruby-throated Hummingbirds Pat Pepper, SGG Volunteer Birder   The Ruby-throated Hummingbirds are generally found in wooded areas. Food Sources: Nectar: Prefers red & orange flowers such as trumpet creeper, cardinal flower, honeysuckle, jewelweed, bee-balm, red buckeye, red zinnias and red morning glory. They also like sugar water in feeders and tree sap. Insects: Mosquitoes, gnats, fruit flies,…

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Birds of Smith-Gilbert Gardens By Pat Pepper     On the morning of June 1st, I parked in the back parking lot of SGG in the spot in front of the lamp post, which is located just to the right of the large Princess Tree. As I got out of my car, I heard the song of a male Wood Thrush…

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Birds of SGG by Pat Pepper   Just as the plant world dazzles our eyes with incredible blooming beauty in spring, so does the bird world. Spring means spring migration, and it is starting right now. The avian males are all decked out in their spring finery, and the neotropic migrants that are only passing through Georgia on their way…

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Birds of SGG By Pat Pepper 2015 Great Backyard Bird Count     Photo by Gary Mueller, Missouri First, I want to give a big shout out to Stefanie Haerynck for her wonderful organizational skills during SGG’s first GBBC event on Feb. 14, 2015. She made my job as bird guide extremely easy with her handouts, white board, writing utensils,…

Tower Gardening Workshop for Teachers

Spring will be here sooner than you think! Let’s GROW a Garden in your Classroom!!! … a garden with NO DIRT? NO WEEDS?? Really??? …. Jump right into science with the aeroponic tower garden!  Join for a free teacher tower gardening workshop Where: Smith-Gilbert Gardens, Carriage House When: Thursday February 26 4-6pm or Saturday March 28 1-3pm Cost: teachers are…

Birds of SGG by Pat Pepper It’s that time of year! From Dec.14 to Jan.5, birders all over North and Central America  volunteer to count birds for the National Audubon Society. They usually spend up to twelve hours on one day identifying birds, both the species and number spotted. This information is invaluable in spotting bird migration trends and breeding success. The…

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