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National Trails Day 2017
NTD Volunteer Day Pix at BJMAEC by S.Ward June 2nd, 2017

As part of a statewide effort with Tennessee State Parks, Radnor Lake celebrated National Trails Day by hosting several programs and volunteer activities for park visitors, turning National Trails Day into a 3-day event for 2017.   On Friday morning, over 25 volunteers came out to Radnor Lake to work with Ranger Paul Schauer and Ranger Will Peters on trails projects ranging from mulching the Lake Trail via wheelbarrow to installing rip rap rock

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Black-Bellied Whistling Duck
Black Bellied Whistling Duck.  Picture by Bob Belser

Picture Above by Bob Belser On May 20th 2017, a Black-bellied Whistling Duck was documented on Radnor Lake for the first time by Larry Hollon. Occasionally, Black-bellied Whistling Ducks wander from their breeding grounds during migration due to extreme weather or inexperience of migration. Within the United States, this species of whistling duck is typically found in Texas and Louisiana where marshes and swamps are plentiful. The Radnor Lake individual

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Please Do Not Disturb the Fawns
#1 Doe with Fawn on Lake by Charlie Tallent

Picture above by Charlie Tallent DO NOT DISTURB Have you seen a fawn on your hike or in your yard? White-tailed deer often protect their young from predators such as dogs or coyotes by hiding them in a variety of areas. The fawn is often left for periods of time by the doe(mother); this is normal. Regardless of what you have been told or heard, the mother is not dead or has not abandoned the fawn. The doe leaves the immediate area for up to several

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Wildfire Update April 7, 2017
April 5th, 2017 Wildfire on Ganier Ridge Response. Pix by Steve Ward

On Wednesday, April 5th a wildfire occurred along the Ganier Ridge Trail at Radnor Lake. Approximately 1 acre burned in the area adjacent to bench #41 with tree tops on fire as high as 30 feet. Wind gust of 40 mph and the remote location of this wildfire created some challenges for the ranger staff and other responders working in the dark to ensure it did not get outside the fire containment area.   Metro Fire Dept, Metro Police, Metro Parks

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Motlow College visits Radnor Lake Aviary
Motlow College visits Radnor Lake Aviary.  Picture by Kevin Fitch

On April 4, 2017, Motlow College Environmental Science Students participated in a field trip to the Radnor Lake State Natural Area (Barbara J. Mapp) Aviary Education Center to learn about the biology of Tennessee's birds of prey and reptiles and amphibians.  Ranger Dustin Crowell lead the trip, providing expert guidance regarding the State's animal populations.  Ranger Crowell has been at Radnor Lake for four years and has been involved in raptor

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Junior Ranger Intern Program 2017

Our much anticipated Junior Ranger Intern Program at Radnor Lake will be held again this summer for youth ages 12-18 years old.  This program creates an opportunity for participants to work with state park rangers on trail projects at Radnor Lake, increase their exposure to environmental education programs and gain an insight into natural resource protection. This is a labor intensive collaborative effort between the Friends of Radnor Lake, the

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Volunteer Trail Day at Radnor Lake (March 25th, 2017)
South Cove Trail Exotic Plant Removal March 25th, 2017. Pix by Matthew Bowling

Pictured Above:  South Cove Trail Exotic Plant Removal March 25th, 2017.  Picture by Matthew Bowling   Over 100 volunteers came to Radnor Lake to work with the park ranger staff on trail projects and removing invasive-exotic plants.  Volunteers worked with Ranger Matthew Bowling on the South Cove Trail pulling invasive-exotic bush honeysuckle along the ridgetop.   Ranger Paul Schauer worked with volunteers mulching the Lake Trail via

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Spring Bird Identification Classes at Radnor Lake
Northern Cardinal by Don Horne

Spring Birdsong Workshop:  April 12, 19, 26 & May 3   Introduction to Tenn. Birds:  May 10, 17, 24 & 31   This spring Richard Connors will be offering two bird identification classes at Radnor Lake S.N.A.   The first class is a spring birdsong workshop. This class is designed for those who have had a beginning class, or already have some basic knowledge of our birds. Emphasis will be on bird identification by song as well

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March 11th, 2017 Snow at Radnor Lake State Natural Area
March 11th, 2017 Snow Pix at RLSNA by Steve Ward

Radnor Lake State Natural Area received over two inches of snow on Saturday, March 11th.  Pictures below were taken from our Lake Trail. [caption id="attachment_6701" align="alignnone" width="300"] March 11th, 2017 Snow Pix at RLSNA by Steve Ward[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6700" align="alignnone" width="300"] March 11th, 2017 Snow Pix at RLSNA by Steve Ward[/caption] [caption id="attachment_6699" align="alignnone" width="300"] March 11th,

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Radnor Lake State Natural Area Weed Wrangle on March 4th, 2017
Radnor Lake Weed Wrangle March 4th, 2017 by Ranger Will Peters (2)

30 volunteers came to Radnor Lake on March 4th to assist Ranger Will Peters and seasonal staff remove invasive-exotic plants along the South Cove Trail as part of Weed Wrangle on March 4th, 2017.  Volunteers worked to remove the primary invasive-exotic plant found at Radnor Lake (bush honeysuckle) along the ridgetop areas, piling pulled plants into piles for wildlife habitat and future management of this area by the Radnor Lake Ranger Staff.  

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