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Yurts Now Open At Sweetwater Creek State Park

Sep 1, 2015
Georgia State Parks

If you want to experience the outdoors but don't want to camp in a tent, there's now another option. Georgia State Parks will start taking reservations for 10 new yurts that are now open at Sweetwater Creek State Park.

Yurts are circular structures made of wood and canvas. They've been around for thousands of years. The new yurt village at Sweetwater comes as glamping, or a more glamorous form of camping, continues to grow in popularity. 

Charlie Muise checks the feathers on a common yellowthroat at his bird banding station in Panola Mountain State Park.
Molly Samuel / WABE

It’s the time of year when baby birds start to leave their nests. A research project south of Atlanta is revealing more about the birds that nest here by catching them.

Just after dawn on what will be a sunny, late-spring day, Charlie Muise is standing at a fold-out card table, set up on a dirt road. He’s in a damp, dewy meadow at Panola Mountain State Park in southern DeKalb County at his bird banding station.

A volunteer brings him a little drawstring cotton bag that’s twitching. He sticks his hand in.

Melissa Caspary starts a controlled burn in Dawsonville, Georgia, on April 9, 2015.
Brenna Beech / WABE

Every year, landowners in Georgia set hundreds of thousands of forest acres on fire on purpose to clear out underbrush and protect against wildfire. And increasingly, it’s for conservation.

One late spring day in April, flames crawl along the forest floor in the Dawson Forest, just outside of Dawsonville, Georgia, at the southern edge of the Blue Ridge Foothills. Firefighters plan to burn about 90 acres in the forest on a shady, wooded slope that goes down to Amicalola Creek.