Since then, the city, the Friends of Friendship Forest and other volunteer groups have made great strides in removing invasive species, ripping out old tennis and basketball courts and other paved surfaces, and building trails on the site.
A huge boost came last year when Atlanta Audubon received a major grant from the Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation to restore “bird-friendly habitat” to Friendship Forest and another site, Deepdene Park in Atlanta.
Among other things, the grant has been used to plant 15 prime, food-producing native plants for wildlife — including devil’s walking stick, beauty berry and elderberry — in Friendship Forest. Apparently, it is to the birds’ liking. During our 2.5-hour walk there last weekend, we saw or heard 34 species, including several migrating warbler species.
IN THE SKY: From David Dundee, Tellus Science Museum astronomer: The Draconid meteor shower will reach a peak on Sunday of about 20 meteors per hour. Look to the north as the sky darkens.
The moon will be last quarter on Thursday. Venus and Mars are low in the east just before dawn. Saturn is low in the southwest at dusk and sets a few hours later.