Grant funds Alpharetta bird habitat restoration

Atlanta Audubon has been awarded a $20,900 grant to implement Phase II of a bird habitat restoration along the Big Creek Greenway in Alpharetta.

The money, from the Bill Terrell Avian Conservation Grants fund of the Georgia Ornithological Society, will go toward restoring 10 acres in addition to 12 acres restored last year.

Atlanta Audubon is partnering with the city of Alpharetta, Georgia Native Plant Society and Ed Isakson Alpharetta Family YMCA to remove invasive and exotic plant species such as Chinese privet and English ivy, and install appropriate native plants to benefit resident and migratory birds, according to an Atlanta Audubon announcement.

“This project combines habitat restoration work with ornithological study, community engagement, and strong public-private partnerships to educate the public about the important dual roles that our parks must play as recreational and therapeutic spaces for people and high quality habitat for wildlife,” said Jared Teutsch, Atlanta Audubon executive director.