O’Grady Habitat restoration project update and workday, Dec 10th

Thanks to your generous donations, so far we have raised an impressive $6,600 towards our habitat restoration project at the State Botanical Garden - THANK YOU! This will ensure that we can plant new, and replenish existing, stands of native rivercane in the floodplain of the botanical garden over the course of this winter.

To date, a suitable area in the lower powerline cut has been identified and ‘weed-whacked’. Now that we’ve finally received some much needed rain, we are planning a workday to further prepare the area for planting, with some additional weed removal and mulching to get the cane plugs off to a good start. If you are able to help out, please join us on Saturday, Dec 10 from 8am-noon. We’ll meet in the lower parking area (keep right and head down the hill as you enter the garden; the parking area is on your left once you reach the powerline cut). Dress warm; bring work boots and gardening gloves, and we recommend sunglasses or protective eyewear. If you have garden tools for digging and cutting, please bring those along too. If weather looks bad, we will reschedule for Sunday Dec 11. If you have any additional questions about the workday, please contact Richard Hall (rjhall@uga.edu).

It’s not too late to donate to the project (see below). The Georgia Ornithological Society generously agreed to match any donations made by members, so please indicate when you donate if you are a member. The birds, animals and native plants that thrive in our floodplain say thank you!

How to donate

1. Follow this link to the SBG Plant Conservation Fund (https://t.uga.edu/2FO)

2. Enter the amount you would like to donate

3. Check the box saying 'I would like to make my gift as a tribute', and under 'Honoree'; type "O'Grady Memorial Program" (this last step is very important for identifying donations made to the O'Grady Project)