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Feathered Friends: Fall Bird Migration in Piedmont Park

While fall migration through Georgia may not be as spectacular as springtime migration, it is still a sight to behold. Starting as early as August, many birds make their way south in preparation for the winter season. During migration, these birds use “stopover habitats” as resting places on their long journey. Stopover habitats are places to eat, sleep, and recharge, like a hotel room on a long drive.

Photo Credit: Clay Fisher

So, when fall migration peaks in late September and October, who is checking into Georgia, and who is checking out? Feathered friends including a few sparrow species, multiple duck species, kinglets and cedar waxwings come to Georgia. These species have been nesting up north all spring and summer long. We also have some species checking out in search of warmer weather. Warblers, thrushes, orioles and more will begin their journey south.

Photo Credit: Clay Fisher

How can you spot these travelers, and maybe even help out? While most of these birds will do the bulk of their traveling at night, you can still spot them while they stop for food. In fact, with the losses in stopover habitat, you can ensure a sighting by turning your backyard into a migratory bird oasis! Plants such as elderberry, sumac, and dogwood provide berries. Hackberry and American beautyberry provide nutrient-rich fruits. Providing a feeding place or birds helps fuel them up for their long journey, or help them recharge after it.

Photo Credit: Clay Fisher

So grab your binoculars and field guide, and observe! Don’t forget that the best way to observe wildlife is to stop, look, and listen. 

Author: Dana Buskovitz, Piedmont Park Conservancy Education Coordinator

Want to learn more about animals, plants and all things science? Follow our education team on their Instagram @piedmontlearns.

Green Market Recipes: Baked Stuffed Apples and Apple Salsa

Baked Stuffed Apples

Traditionally stuffed apples are sweet, but these are savory for a special Green Market flair! Serve with a green, hearty salad!  

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, medium sauté pan, cutting board, rubber spatula, casserole pan, and large spoon

Ingredients:

  • 5 large apples (crisp varieties)
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 2 habanero or paper lantern peppers
  • 1 green pepper
  • 2 jalapeño cheese sausages
  • 1/2 cup of shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 4 TBS olive oil
  • 1 TSP pepper
  • Salt (to taste)

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core apples, cut out about one inch of the apple (enough to make a nice space for the filling) and chop the extra apple into fine bits.
  3. Dice onion into fine pieces, garlic and peppers.
  4. Chop sausage into small pieces
  5. Sauté the onions and peppers in olive oil on medium heat until partially cooked.
  6. Add the sausage, garlic, salt and pepper to the pan and cook for approximately 15 minutes.
  7. Take the cored apples, coat the outsides with olive oil and place them in a casserole dish.
  8. Stuff each apple with the sausage, onion and pepper mixture and top with cheddar cheese.
  9. Bake for 40 minutes and let sit a few minutes before eating.

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Apple Salsa (Pico de Gallo)

Who doesn’t love salsa? Try this fresh, fall version of a classic! This salsa is great for chips, tacos, or to top a nice bowel of white chili.

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, cutting board, large mixing bowl, rubber spatula, and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples (JonaGold variety)
  • 1 large onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 green pepper
  • 3 jalapeño peppers
  • 2-5 habanero or paper lantern peppers
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
  • 1 lime
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preparation:

  1. Peel, core and dice apples.
  2. Dice onion, garlic, peppers and cilantro into fine pieces.
  3. Mix: Apples, onions, peppers, garlic and cilantro in a large bowl.
  4. Add vinegar, juice of 1 lime, salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour before eating.

Green Market Recipes: Spicy Apple Sauce and Apple Pecan Salad

Apple Pecan Salad

Try this simple salad recipe! Great recipe for a snack, picnic, or a light lunch. For an extra protein kick, top with tuna or white fish!

Tools: paring knife, vegetable peeler, cutting board, rubber spatula, and spoon

Ingredients:

  • 4 large apples (crisp varieties)
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 cup pecans
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp horseradish
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • Salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)

Preparation:

  1. Peel, core and dice apples.
  2. Dice onion into fine pieces.
  3. Chop pecans in to small pieces.
  4. Mix: Apples, onions pecans, and horseradish.
  5. Add mayo, vinegar, salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Let sit in refrigerator for at least an hour before eating.

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Spicy Apple Sauce

A nice kick to an old favorite, try making this spicy apple sauce at home!

Tools: Paring knife, vegetable peeler, large sauce pan, hand mixer, citrus press, rubber spatula and large spoon

Ingredients:

  • 5 – Large apples (crisp tart varieties work best)
  • 2 tbsp ginger
  • 2 habanero or paper lantern peppers
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • Salt (course)
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Peal, core and chop apples into small pieces.
  2. Grate ginger
  3. Cut, remove seeds, and dice peppers into small pieces.
  4. Grate lemon peel until you have about 2 tbsp, and squeeze lemon juice into measuring cup

Cook:

  1. Add apples, grated ginger, peppers, sugar, grated lemon peel, ¼ cup lemon juice, and 3 tbsp salt to sauce pan on medium heat.
  2. Stir and watch until the apples start to break down (about 15 mins).
  3. Turn heat to medium low and let simmer for 30 mins or until mixture becomes mushy.
  4. Turn heat off. Add cinnamon if desired.
  5. Stir and let cool with lid on for about 20 mins.
  6. Next, use hand mixer on medium speed to puree mixture.
  7. Put apple sauce in a jar or bowl with a lid and refrigerate until cold.

Apple sauce will hold for at least 2 weeks in the refrigerator.

Move! Mondays Kickoff – Special Interview with Northside Hospital’s John Andrachuk, MD

Many of us have grown used to the self-quarantine lifestyle. Most of our days are spent at home, either helping young family members with their schooling, working from home, or immediately returning home from your job. It can be hard to focus on your physical activity and move every day, especially after what could potentially be months of a sedentary lifestyle.

To increase access to health professionals and expert advice, the Piedmont Park Conservancy is collaborating with Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute-Sports Medicine to host Move! Mondays starting in September.

Kicking off Move! Mondays, check out this special interview with Orthopedic Surgeon John Andrachuk, MD. In this video, we learn about how sports medicine is for everyone, advice on getting back into an active lifestyle and more.


In five weeks, you can combat potential issues, and learn safe and effective methods to get your body moving. Move! Mondays will be hosted on Facebook: @PiedmontParkATL

  • September 14 at Noon – Facebook Live HIIT Workout with Lead Athletic Trainer Brian Finn
  • September 21 at Noon – Facebook Live Home Office Set-Up and Body Stretches with Megan Carter
  • September 28 at Noon – Facebook Live HIIT Workout with Lead Athletic Trainer Brian Finn
  • October 5 – Facebook Live Three 10-Minute Workouts You Can Do Before Dinner Time with Megan Carter

RSVP on the Piedmont Park Conservancy Facebook events @PiedmontParkATL for notifications and the release of special resources.

About Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute-Sports Medicine:

The team at Northside Hospital Orthopedic Institute-Sports Medicine offers comprehensive care and personalized services based entirely around the needs of athletes. As a center for orthopedics and sports medicine, their team takes care of your every need – from injury prevention to performance services and athletic training to orthopedic surgery. They provide services for athletes of all ages, including orthopedic and sports medicine care for children, across a wide range of specialties. Learn more.

Check out some of their videos: Nutrition Tips for Runners and Injury Prevention Running Tips.