The Burmese python doesn’t belong here in Georgia, but good luck keeping it out. The huge yellow and black snakes are invading the Everglades, but they are on the move, possible to this state. “They are making their way out because there are so many in the Everglades right now that they need more room,” said Sharon Collins, host and executive producer of Georgia Outdoors on GPB. “They’ve just about completely wiped out the raccoon population, the possum population. If it gets under a rookery or egrets or wood storks- bye bye.”
Oysters are important to the overall health of our near-shore ecosystems. They stabilize shorelines and filter water. But there’s another player in this coastal habitat that also has a big impact: crabs.
Geologists have counted 43 different colors of soils and sediments in Georgia’s Providence Canyon, which is known as the state’s “Little Grand Canyon.” Geologists blame poor farming practices 150 years ago for creating the formation, but environmental historian Paul Sutter said it’s a more complicated combination of human impact and the natural environment.
A new pass is now mandatory for outdoor enthusiasts at 32 sites statewide. It’s called the Georgia Outdoor Recreation Pass (GORP). Visitors are now required to purchase the GORP for $3.50 for three days or $19 for the year.