HEART OF DIXIE
Vol. 13, Issue 1, June 15, 2010 For the meeting, we were also joined by guests
Editor: email@example.com, 478-451-7999 Wayne and Kim Self and their adult children, and
by Dawn, Amber, and Christian Willis. The
minutes and treasurer’s reports for May were
Highlights of June 12 Ride, approved. Members talked about rides they had
been to recently and about upcoming club events.
Meeting, and Potluck
After dinner we were treated to a feast of grilled
It was a hot day topping out at 97 degrees. But pork chops, ham, chili, autumn salad, homemade
what a great day for swimming with your horse in potato salad, veggie casserole, watermelon,
the cool waters of the Ocmulgee River! Nine riders, blackberry cobbler, and icebox lemon pie. The food
shown below, rode out at 10 a.m. just keeps getting better. Don’t miss the next
7/10/10: HODHLC Regular Meeting, Trail
Ride, Potluck Dinner. At Trotters Ridge. Free
parking. Ride out with group at 10 a.m., or come
whenever and ride as you please. Meeting at 5
p.m., dinner immediately after. For information,
contact Pratt Stanley at 478-214-2126.
7/31/10: FLOAT TRIP. Join Pratt Stanley for a
float trip down the Ocmulgee River from Wise
Creek to Ocmulgee Bluff. This is not an
HODHLC-sponsored event. Meet at Pratt’s
Saddle Horse Campground on Smith Mill Rd. at
At the swimming hole, from left to right, Pratt Stanley, Selby 10:30 a.m. with your tube and a PFD. Free
Stanley, Randy Brown, guests Yvonne and Kay Lynn from parking. For more info, call Pratt at 478-214-2126.
Zebulon, Carol Collins, Alice Farrar, and Susan Wolthuis. In 8/3/10: Regular meeting of the club at Golden
the foreground, Copper, our Aussie trail guide. Photo by Coral on Presidential Parkway. Meeting at 7:30.
Robert Collins. Come early to eat and enjoy fellowship with our
From Trotters Ridge we rode north to Falls Creek, 8/12-8/15/10: Weekend camping and trail
then took the trail to the right back up the forest ride at Jake’s/Bull Mountain near
boundary line, and back to the swimming hole for Dahlonega,GA. For more information, contact
one more drink before heading back to Trotters Alice Farrar at 478-451-7999.
Ridge for lunch. Later, Kneff Shultz joined us for a 8/21/10: Trail ride, lunch, pond fishing at
trip to the swimming hole with our horses for a Alice and Charles Farrar’s farm, Wind in the
refreshing swim before the meeting. We found Kim Pines, in Gray. Ride out at 10 a.m. For more
and Jeff Tilley there ahead of us. information, call Alice at 478-451-7999.
Bald eagle sighting on the discovered through reports or discovery during
Ocmulgee River Trails by Alice Farrar
“We return to the known sites, investigate
While fishing on the Ocmulgee River recently, promising reports, and look for new nests in
HODHLC member Robert Collins and his son, good habitat along the way,” Ozier said. Ozier
Keith, were dazzled by the sighting of a bald eagle is still waiting for a final number this year after
above the river. Robert’s encounter inspired me to the last round of nest checks in March.
research the presence of bald eagles in Georgia. I
learned that there have been sightings in north “I suspect the number of known nests this year
Macon, the Ocmulgee River, Lake Sinclair, Lake to be 115-120. There were 114 two years ago,
Oconee, and throughout Georgia. 112 last season, and only 49 10 years ago,” he
said. Over his 20 years of surveys he has seen
This bald eagle was
Georgia’s bald eagles soar from fewer than 10
over a farm pond in
pairs to the current numbers. A recent flight
Louisville, Georgia. along Georgia’s coast confirmed 41 occupied
territories this year, compared with 39 last
Reed Bingham State Park year.
in Norman Park, GA, a
few miles off I-75 near Bald eagles are no longer on the federal
Moultrie, is an excellent endangered species list because populations
place to view nesting bald have recovered throughout the nation, with the
eagles. The rangers will exception of the desert Southwest. Georgia still
give you a guided tour. lists the species as “threatened.” Ozier said
Contact the park at 229-
that conservation of bald eagles and other rare
camping is available.
species and habitats gets no state funding. The
Nongame Conservation Section has to raise
funds through license plate sales, a state
The information below is taken from a 3/22/09 income tax checkoff, and its annual Weekend
article by Curtis Compton in the Atlanta Journal for Wildlife fund-raiser.
ABOUT BALD EAGLES
For a while in the 1970s, it looked like the only
place Georgians might spot a bald eagle was Adults can weigh 14 pounds, with 8-foot
in an Audubon book. The majestic birds were wingspans.
near extinction in the continental United States, Eagles mate for life. They normally use the
and for several years there were no signs of same nest, adding to it each year.
nesting in the state. DDT contamination was Pairs lay one to three eggs by December. The
believed to be the cause of their dwindling young fledge in 3 months and are on their own in
numbers. A ban on the pesticide in 1973 about 4.
helped to put the bald eagle on the comeback Bald eagles live up to 25 years in the wild.
trail. Fish are a staple. Eagles also eat turtles, snakes,
rabbits, waterfowl, and other small animals.
Jim Ozier, a program manager with the
Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Nongame NOTE: Georgians who see a bald eagle nest, or
Conservation Section, began surveying nests two or more eagles together, can contact the
in 1988 and has data back to 1978 when Georgia Wildlife Resources Division Nongame
nesting activity was discovered again. Conservation Section office in Forsyth, 478-994-
Locations of all known nests are kept, and new 1438. They want your information!
locations are added to the list as they are
Thank you for your 2010-11 Horseman's Swap Shop
Sadly having to sell 11 year old Reg.
Robert and Carol Collins, Macon TWH gelding. Beautiful, large, black horse.
Alice and Charles Farrar, Gray Gentle but spirited! Comes with custom made Dakota
Nick and Debbie Gadd, Gray black saddle with red suede seat & matching tack.
Dorinda and David Hennings, Macon $2,800. Call Rhonda @ 478-960-1010.
Michael and Susan Hilton, Warner Robins
Don and Jenny King, Gray Flashy leopard appaloosa for sale:
Janet Logan, Hawkinsville 15 years old, 15 hands, beautiful mover, beautiful
Katie Maddox, Gray mover, nice trail horse, will make nice English
Judith Malone, Warner Robins horse. Very spirited. Not suitable for beginning
Bill Shimer, Juliette riders. Asking $1,500. Contact Janelle Calhoun at
Kneff Shultz, Knoxville 478-986-0355.
Mary Sikes, Macon
Pratt Stanley and Beverly Stanley, Lizella
Bruce and Celia Tamker, Byron PRICE REDUCED to $1.1 M! Horse
Jerry and Connie Thomas, Macon lover’s Dream Home and Land for Sale:
Kim and Jeff Tilley, Roberta 20 acres with one of the best homes and land in
Amber Willis, Macon Macon; all less than 3 miles from I-475! Please go to
www.7786Zebulon.com for more information, or call
Rhonda at 478-960-1010.
Just a reminder, if your name is listed here,
your membership is due for renewal….
Saddle Horse Campground : Now open at
Anderson, Robert & Shelby 2560 Smith Mill Rd. across from the Ocmulgee
Babbitt, Ken Bluff Equestrian Trailhead. Camping/parking fees
Baldwin, Janis and Wayne are $10.00 per night or $150.00 per year. Come ride
Barrientes, Louie the Oconee National Forest River Trail System. For
more information, call Pratt Stanley at 478-973-
Brown, Randy 9909.
Coley, Victoria Equus Club Boarding Stable: Full board,
Dees, Mattison 12 x 12 stalls, feed, hay 2x daily, worming program,
Dunne, Aimee pasture turnout, hot and cold wash rack, clean
Evans, Michael and Kaye restroom, access to National Forest. Call Mary
Harrelson, Jessica West at (478) 986-4796.
Kilburn, Bob and Pat
Lewis, Christy and Colby
Pierce, Joe and Evelyn
Newsome, Wayne and Susan
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