Wildlife Day was celebrated in Walker County with the help of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources on Thursday, April 6, in the lobby of the Walker County Tax Commissioner's Office in Rock Spring.

The event lasted from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., with many parents and their children.

Walker County placed second in the state for a recent competition to promote the sale of state wildlife tags. Eighty percent of the purchases of wildlife tags go towards the direct support of wildlife.

Walker County posted 62 percent increase in sales during the contest.

Officials with GDNC said the additional sales translate into almost $2,000 in direct support of wildlife.

GDNC's Katie Flowers spoke to attendees about the wildlife on display at the tax office on Thursday which included a snake, an owl and a bald eagle.

Thomas Floyd, of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, detailed the life of a northern pine snake which is commonly located in Northeastern Georgia.

Pete Griffin, also of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, displayed a red tail hawk. The red tail hawk was injured when it was hit by a moving vehicle.

The bald eagle was wounded after it was shot in the wing.

Griffin explained the life of the bald eagle and how the man who shot this particular bald eagle was eventually prosecuted.

Also on display were a variety of endangered salamanders like the Pigeon Mountain salamander that is only found on Pigeon Mountain and in Walker County and Floyd County.

Two of the four designs of the tags are for the bald eagle and the humming bird and go to support none game species.

"That is our primary source of funding for those none game species, so there is a direct correlation. If we don't sale humming bird and bald eagle tags, then we literally are deficient on funds to support those species," Flowers said.

Josh O'Bryant is a general assignment reporter and covers the Walker-Catoosa County area. He can be reached at the Walker County Messenger office at 706-638-1859 and by email at jobryant@npco.com.

Recommended for you