SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga.  – Canoeing provides a pristine opportunity to get back to the basics on the water.  Don’t know how to canoe?  The Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center can provide beginner instruction at a special class offered June 21, 2014 and again on July 19, 2014.

The canoeing basics program takes place at Charlie Elliott, one of seven regional education centers operated by DNR’s Wildlife Resources Division, will give participants the chance to learn the fundamentals of canoeing, paddling, safety, rescue and gear.  Canoes, paddles and a life vest will be provided.  Attendees should bring a lunch, sunscreen and water and be prepared to get wet.

Fee for the Basic Canoeing class is $20 a person.  Preregistration is required (770-784-3059).  Participants should be 10 or older.  The class will initially meet at the Visitors Center before proceeding to the designated lake.

Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center, named for the first director of what is now the Wildlife Resources Division, offers outdoor activities such as hunting, fishing, shooting and birding along with educational programs and a conference center, banquet hall and hotel-styled lodging, all within an hour’s drive of Atlanta. The 6,400 acres include Marben Public Fishing Area and Clybel Wildlife Management Area.

The Center is located near Mansfield (543 Elliott Trail, Mansfield 30055), less than an hour southeast of Atlanta off Interstate 20.

For more information, visit, or call (770) 784-3059.


SOCIAL CIRCLE, Ga. (June 13, 2014) – You’ve probably seen bats feeding around lights in your neighborhood or dipping across a country road in front of your headlights.

But are you seeing them as often as you used to years ago?

Biologists with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources are concerned that bat populations may be declining, especially since white-nose syndrome – a fast-spreading disease fatal to bats – was detected in the state last year.

Now, Georgians can help monitor bats in their area.

’Got bats in a bat house, barn or other structure? Consider participating in the summer emergence counts project led by DNR’s Nongame Conservation Section.

“Emergence counts are one of the easiest ways to estimate bat numbers at summer roosts,” said wildlife biologist Trina Morris, who studies bats and coordinates monitoring for the Nongame Conservation Section, part of the DNR Wildlife Resources Division.

“You can invite your friends over to enjoy the show and take advantage of the natural pest control the bats are providing.”

Joining in is easy. Download instructions and a form to fill for each count at Participants are asked to complete the emergence counts for a roost twice during summer – although more counts are welcomed!

Morris hopes Georgians statewide will get involved. The project mirrors programs in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Emergence count surveys rate even more important because of the potential impact of white-nose syndrome, which has been documented in 25 states. Learn more about white-nose at and

If you don’t have a bat roost and want to build one, Bat Conservation International offers instructions at Kits and completed boxes built in Georgia are available at Habitat for Bats,

Bats are picky so make sure you follow the instructions for building and placing a bat box to give you the best chance for attracting bats. Maybe someday soon you’ll be spending some pest-free summer evenings counting your bat colony!

Photo by Trina Morris/Ga. DNR
Photo by Trina Morris/Ga. DNR
Photo by Trina Morris/Ga. DNR
Photo by Trina Morris/Ga. DNR
Photo by Trina Morris/Ga. DNR
Photo by Trina Morris/Ga. DNR

Advisory: Missing 6 Year Old’s Body Located in Lake Allatoona

The body of Corday Dimilo Duffy, six years old of College Park, was recovered in Lake Allatoona early this morning. His body was located approximately 25-30 feet from shore in 4-5 feet of water. There was a large log leading from shore into the water near where his body was located. It appears he may have walked out on the log and then fell in water just over his head. There is no indication of foul play but in any child death an autopsy will be corday_performed at the GBI Crime Lab in coming days.