Ivy Academy To Hold 2nd Annual Christmas Bird Count

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Ivy Academy will hold its second annual Ivy Academy Christmas Bird Count at the Ivy Academy campus and trails in Soddy Daisy, at 9 on Wednesday.


Holly Slater, Bird Count sponsor and Exceptional Education teacher at Ivy Academy, said, “My father instilled in me a love and appreciation for birding as a young child. We were the travelers taking all the back roads on vacations, so that we could pull over on the side of the road for any possible rare bird sightings. I still have a bird book he gave to me in 1994 in which he wrote, ‘Keep this always and we will never be far away, as the birds in your life will remind you of us and our birds.-All my Love, Dad.’ My hope is to spark some of that same passion for birds and birding into my Ivy students." 


The Ivy Academy Christmas Bird Count is a tribute to the National Audubon Society’s Christmas Bird Count that began in 1900. 

“We are not a recognized count circle in the Chattanooga area, although we plan to take students on Dec. 14, to participate in a Chattanooga count circle.  Our mission is to teach the next generation about the importance for citizen science surveying, bird conservation, and data collection for our lessons. Our goal is to be able to take every student at our school out for a day of birding, and we are accomplishing that for the second year,” said Ms. Slater.

The Ivy Academy Christmas Bird Count will be held Wednesday, at 9 a.m. Experienced birders and other community members have come from all over the area to pair with groups of students to go bird watching. Birding groups will consist of an experienced birder, a teacher, and student spotters, verifiers, and recorders. 

“We are overwhelmed at the outpouring of support from the community for this event. We do not take for granted the adults who donated time and expertise today,” said Angie Markum, Executive Director of Ivy Academy.


Ivy Academy is an environmental charter school that sits at the mouth of the North Chickamauga Creek Gorge in Soddy Daisy. The local wildlife, trails, and creeks play an important role in the academic experience for the school’s grade 9-12 students. Ivy Academy places a strong emphasis on outdoor education and project based learning. 



9 Tennessee State Park Rangers Graduate From TLETA

Tennessee State Parks announced that nine park rangers graduated from the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA) in Nashville on Friday. The rangers were part of a class of more than 80 newly-trained law enforcement officers that completed a rigorous 10-week course. The graduates received technical and tactical training, as well as ethical and professional standards ... (click for more)

Reflection Riding Announces New Winter Operating Schedule

Starting in 2015 Reflection Riding Arboretum & Nature Center is going to slow down for the winter, just like our animal ambassadors. In January, February and December, it will be open with full access to the public every Saturday from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.  Members will still have pedestrian access seven days a week to enjoy the miles of trails and gardens.  Executive ... (click for more)

Rite Aid Pharmacist Robbed At Gunpoint On Sunday

A Rite Aid pharmacist was robbed at gunpoint on Sunday.  At approximately 11:30 a.m. the Chattanooga Police Department responded to 5441 Highway 153 for a robbery from business at the Rite Aid Pharmacy.  The suspect entered the Rite Aid, approached the pharmacy counter and presented a note to the pharmacist.  The suspect then brandished a handgun, demanded ... (click for more)

Bobby Dodd Lawsuit Against City Moved To Federal Court

A lawsuit brought by former Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd against the city of Chattanooga and the Chattanooga Fire and Police Pension Fund over his pension has been moved to Federal Court. The lawsuit was earlier filed in Chancery Court by attorneys Jerry Tidwell and Adam Izell. The suit says former Chief Dodd opted for a plan that would have half of his pension go to ... (click for more)

Please Don't Close The Piccadilly Cafeteria At Hamilton Place - And Response

Oh, no. The Piccadilly Cafeteria at Hamilton Place is closing.  Its last day is Christmas Eve.  I will miss the great food they have there but most of all I will miss their servers, cashiers and waitresses.  They are all so friendly and accommodating.  They make it like it’s a home-style restaurant. I sure wish there was some way that Hamilton Place and ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: 10 Tasks For This Week

In 1993 a 95-year-old man named William Snell created a list called “Life’s Little Instructions.” His list has swirled around in the Internet ever since and it is, indeed, a delightful checklist to keep us focused in the right direction. Curiously, when I read over it this past weekend, it dawned on me that if each of us would try to accomplish just 10 items on Mr. Snell’s list ... (click for more)