Archive for March, 2017
In 2017, Fernbank Museum of Natural History celebrates 25 years of exciting and fun
science encounters available daily through dynamic programming, incredible exhibits, and breathtaking giant screen films. As we celebrate this milestone anniversary, I am excited to share some highlights:
- Check out a 2D or 3D film in our newly renovated Giant Screen Theater
- Discover 75 acres of outdoor adventures throughout the seasons in WildWoods and Fernbank Forest.
- Experience an adults-only night at the museum during Fernbank After Dark, an all-new series of monthly science nights for ages 21+.
- Don’t miss an exceptional year of special exhibitions, highlighting earth’s natural forces, incredible fossils and ancient Roman culture.
- Celebrate some of our most momentous enhancements to the Fernbank experience over the past 25 years, including dinosaurs (and more dinosaurs!), archaeology, award-winning children’s and cultural exhibits, forest restoration, educational programming and more!
I invite you to celebrate with us throughout the year. If you’re not already a member, it’s a great time to join. I hope you’ll come explore Fernbank and all we have to offer soon.
President and CEO
Fernbank Museum of Natural History
Fernbank Forest is an old-growth forest with a high diversity of many types of plants, including dozens of different species of native wildflowers. The yearly display of wildflowers peaks in the spring, filling the forest with vibrant blooms of color in February and March, sunlight easily streams through the canopy while trees are still leafless, coaxing the ephemeral wildflowers up from beneath the surface of the soil.
They emerge quickly and bloom for just a few weeks, enjoying the longer days and abundant sunshine. Soon after blooming they (hopefully) get pollinated and set their seed, then vanish back to their roots, not to be seen again until next year.
March and April are often the highlight of spring wildflower season, but Fernbank Forest generally has at least one species blooming from February through November—so keep your eyes on the ground throughout the year and you’re likely to see something new each visit.
Early Spring Wildflowers
Bloodroot Sanguinaria canadensis
Spicebush Lindera benzoin
Spring beauty Claytonia virginica
Violets Viola spp.
Trout lily Erythronium spp.
Toothwort Cardamine angustata
Sweet betsy trillium Trillium cuneatum
Wild geranium Geranium maculatum
Oconee bells Shortia galacifolia
Redbud Cercis canadensis
Yellow trillium Trillium luteum
Star chickweed Stellaria pubera
Nodding trillium Trillium rugelii
Sweetshrub Calycanthus floridus
Foamflower Tiarella cordifolia
Pawpaw Asimina parviflora
Pale yellow trillium Trillium discolor
Doll’s eyes Actaea pachypoda
Late Spring Wildflowers
Tuliptree Liriodendron tulipifera
Umbrella magnolia Magnolia tripetala
Rain lily Zephyranthes atamasca
Solomon’s seal Polygonatum biflorum
Partridgeberry Mitchella repens
Indian Pink Spigelia marilandica
Learn more about “Atlanta’s hidden gem,” Fernbank Forest.
A large-scale ecological restoration project has been underway in Fernbank Forest for the past few years. While this process mostly involves the careful extraction of nonnative, invasive plant species, it also includes some targeted plantings.
On Saturday, February 25, volunteers, staff and board members planted 26 native tree species as part of the restoration. Species included northern red oak, white oak, blackgum, sassafras and hickory to name just a few.
The plantings took place in an area formerly inundated with bamboo, chocolate vine (Akebia) and Chinese wisteria. The trees fill gaps that were left once the majority of the invasive plants were removed. The trees also provide food for pollinator species, habitat for other organisms, and help prevent soil erosion.
We look forward to maintaining these plantings and watching these trees grow over the coming years and decades.
Be a part of the restoration and preservation of Fernbank Forest—become a volunteer!