Birdwatchers And Battlefields: An Exploration Of Modern And Historical Birding In Chickamauga Battlefield

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park will present a two-hour, 2.5 mile hike focusing on modern and historical birding in Chickamauga Battlefield. This tour will begin on Saturday, March 31, at 7:30 a.m., at the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center, then caravan to the program site.

In April 1895, Bradford Torrey reached Chattanooga in the midst of a “rattling” thunderstorm. Torrey’s primary mission while visiting was bird watching, and a few days after his initial introduction to the Scenic City, he stepping off a train at Lytle Station and into Chickamauga Battlefield.

The following year, he published Spring Notes from Tennessee, which cataloged his time in the battlefield, including meeting Henry Boynton, one of the park’s original proponents, visiting a family at the Kelly House, where he purchased some minié balls, and napping on Snodgrass Hill. In addition to learning about Torrey’s visit and some of the historical birds he encountered, NPS Volunteer Danny Gaddy will be along to point out birds that call Chickamauga Battlefield home today.

Please remember to wear clothing appropriate for the weather, bring along water, and be sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes or boots.

For more information about programs at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, contact the Chickamauga Battlefield Visitor Center at 706-866-9241, the Lookout Mountain Battlefield Visitor Center at 423 821-7786, or visit the park’s website at

Crabtree Farms Spring Plant Sale And Festival Set For April 6-8

Crabtree Farms will hold their 18th Annual Spring Plant Sale & Festival on Friday, April 6 through Sunday, April 8.  Gardeners come to fulfill their dreams – to obtain a plethora of edible delights.    “More than 300 varieties of sustainably grown vegetable, fruit, herb and flower seedlings make this event unique,” said Avery Patten, Crabtree’s spokesperson.  ... (click for more)

Lula Lake Land Trust Welcomes New Director Of Development And Communications

Lula Lake Land Trust announced Tuesday that Matthew Hubbard has joined the staff as the director of development and communications. Mr. Hubbard joins Lula Lake after seven years in nonprofit development. He graduated with a B.S. in marketing from Jacksonville State University and holds additional degrees in English and psychology.   As a native of Northeast Alabama, Mr. ... (click for more)

Alexander Says Chickamauga Lock Construction Fully Funded For 4th Consecutive Year

Senator Lamar Alexander on Wednesday said the government funding bill will fully fund construction of Chickamauga Lock for the fourth consecutive year, providing up to $78 million – which is more than twice the amount of funding the project received last year.   Senator Alexander said he has made completion of Chickamauga Lock one of his top priorities as chairman ... (click for more)

Former Juvenile Court Magistrate Says Gay Marriage Is "Nothing You Put In Air Quotes"

A former magistrate at Juvenile Court, who claims she was fired by Judge Rob Philyaw because she is openly gay, said Wednesday that gay marriage "is nothing you put in air quotes." She referred to County Attorney Rheubin Taylor asking her about her ceremony in marrying another woman and raising his hands to form quote marks. Elizabeth Gentzler is suing Hamilton County, Judge ... (click for more)

Avoid Underage Drinking And Other Prom Drama

My high school prom took a dramatic turn when two guys got their tuxedo jackets mixed up. One of them belonged to my date, who kindly offered to keep my wallet in his pocket. That’s the jacket another young man mistakenly grabbed off the back of a chair before heading to an underage drinking party that got shut down by police well after midnight—as kids scattered in every direction.  ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: The Sheriff’s Request

Jim Hammond will talk to members of the Hamilton County School Board on Thursday afternoon and, just like any police officer in the United States, he will request that everybody “stay in their own lane.” Some school board members tend to believe they need to help decide the best methods of protecting our children. They believe this is one of the things they were elected to do in ... (click for more)