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not something expected...

Sunday, January 22, 2017
... or even dreamed about years ago in south Georgia. But you need to know about that really interesting 'field trip' I went on last Saturday. A newly found friend, someone who has recently retired, told me about something that piqued my interest. She has been a volunteer at a family owned farm in southwest Georgia, fairly near the Chattahoochee River.  Lots of information available on the family and their livestock operations on a website about White Oak Farms, in Bluffton, GA. Located close to the border/dividing line between Georgia (along the western edge) and Alabama (on the eastern edge) along the lower half of each state.

The workshop we attended was conceived as a result of a number of eagles being observed in the area, enjoying the free buffet when they are culling the free range poultry. Removing the slowest or least healthy members of flocks of ducks, geese, guinea hens, turkeys or chickens. I was so excited to go to the farm last week after hearing about this event that would provide an opportunity to see and hear about eagles.

The river is an important piece of information: historically fish is a primary food source. A vital part of their livelihood, so they traditionally nest near a replenishing water source. There on White Oak property are procreating pairs nesting nearby, along the river, as well as a number of eagles that migrate and will nest in other places when they mate in the spring.

Seeing eagles, making themselves at home on southwest Georgia, nearly in my backyard. Man, oh man! How cool is that! A natural national treasure that was 'on the brink', once considered 'endangered': now prolifically returned in remarkable numbers.

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