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Information for Saturday, June 24th Volunteer Day

Due to the forecast for this Saturday, park management will make the decision to cancel by 7:30am.  Please call the Visitor Center to find out the status at 7:30am.  615-373-3467   Also, to provide an extra opportunity to assist students in obtaining their Tennessee Promise community service hours, Radnor Lake State Natural Area Staff will be providing an additional work day to assist students in obtaining these hours on Monday, June 26th

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Jr Ranger Intern Program Session 1

Our much anticipated Junior Ranger Intern Program at Radnor Lake kicked off on Monday, June 12th with 13 interns working with the park staff on numerous projects around the natural area.  Now in our 15th year of this program, the Jr. Ranger Intern 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

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Green Heron at Radnor Lake

Picture above by Don Horne Recently, photographers have been spending long hours observing and trying to capture photos of the secretive Green Heron nesting on the Radnor Lake Dam near the west parking lot. The individual was noticed nesting in a Red Maple on May 13th;  the eggs typically take 19-21 days for incubation.  Photographers believe there are four to five eggs in the nest and with it being 21 days since the nest had been spotted the hatchling

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National Trails Day 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

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

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

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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