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Wildfire Update April 7, 2017

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

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)

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

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

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

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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Radnor Lake State Natural Area Presrcribed Burn on March 3rd, 2017

Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Division of Forestry, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas and Tennessee State Parks conducted a prescribed burn at Radnor Lake State Natural Area on Friday, March 3rd.   Thanks to this partnership, 15 acres of the Radnor Lake State Natural Area area in the Hall Farm were safely burned to help the park staff achieve it's resource management goal of restablishing this area back to native grasses which provides

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Birds of Prey Training at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Center

On February 21st and 22nd, 2017 the Radnor Lake Staff participated in two days of birds of prey training by our partners at Wings to Soar.   This training was conducted by Dale Kernahan and John Stokes with the non-profit organization, Wings to Soar who have worked with the ranger staff at the Barbara J. Mapp Aviary Education Center at Radnor Lake over the past 2 1/2 years.   Wings to Soar is a non-profit organization that cares for

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Native Grass Restoration Initiative at Radnor Lake State Natural Area 2017

On February 10th, Tennessee Division of Natural Areas Director Roger McCoy, Dr. D. Estes of APSU, and Friends of Radnor Lake Board Member Greer Tidwell  met with park management at Radnor Lake to discuss the best ecological management of former pastures and powerline corridors that are within the natural area.   Some options include using native grasses and forbs to increase plant and wildlife diversity on the natural area. All of which are

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