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Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

Kids encouraged to 'Plug into Nature'

(WXIA) -- The Georgia Department of Natural Resources has brought back its Give Wildlife a Chance Poster Contest for 2014.

This year's theme is Plug into Nature, emphasizing the importance of experiencing wildlife and plants firsthand.

All Georgia students in grades kindergarten through 5 are invited to enter the contest. The top 12 winners' posters will be displayed on the DNR's Flickr site and at the Go Fish Education Center in Perry during the first two weeks in May.

Contest entries are due Apr. 16. Three winners will be picked in four categories (kindergarten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grade 5).

Visit georgiawildlife.com for more information about the contest.

Dunwoody teens catch great white shark in Fla.

Dunwoody teens catch great white shark in Fla.

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Some Dunwoody High School baseball players got more than they bargained for when they decided to go fishing during a trip to Florida.

The teenagers managed to hook a great white shark while fishing off the coast of Fort Lauderdale Tuesday morning.

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Although the baseball players caught the shark, he refused to go quietly. The great white put up a two-hour fight before the team decided to release him.

Dunwoody Nature Center goes to the birds

Dunwoody Nature Center goes to the birds

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Nature Center has planned a fun weekend to help adults and kids learn more about our feathered friends.

The fun begins Friday, Feb. 15 with Owl Always Love You, an adults-only Valentine-themed evening. Monteen McCord, founder of raptor rehabilitation center HawkTalk, will discuss birds' mating rituals, breeding habits and more.

Owl Always Love You begins at 6:30 p.m. The cost is $20 for nature center members and $25 for non-members. Prices include drinks and light appetizers.

On Saturday, Feb. 16, the family-friendly events begin. The nature center will offer bird watching all day and will also host information sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

A Birding Merit Badge workshop for Boy Scouts will be held Sunday, Feb. 17 from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration for the event is $25.

Nature center registering for classes, clubs

Nature center registering for classes, clubs

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- The Dunwoody Nature Center is now signing up children for its winter classes and nature clubs, which begin Jan. 14.

Class topics range from Mommy, Me and Nature (designed for children up to age 3), Nature Detectives (a learning adventure for students in grades kindergarten through 2) and Animals have Class (for homeschooled elementary schoolers).

Learn more and register for classes at dunwoodynature.org.

The Dunwoody Nature Center is located at 5343 Roberts Drive.

Nature Center camp registration opens Monday

Nature Center camp registration opens Monday

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- Registration for Thanksgiving and winter day camps at the Dunwoody Nature Center opens Monday, Oct. 29.

These sessions are designed to keep children active and engaged during breaks from school. During both camps, children will get the opportunity to study the winter climate and how it affects animals and plants in north Georgia.

Thanksgiving camp will be held Monday, Nov. 19 and Tuesday, Nov. 20 and is open to children in grades K-5. Winter camp has two sessions -- a half-day camp for children ages 3-4 and a full-day camp for K-5. Choose from Wednesday, Dec. 26 through Friday, Dec. 28 or Wednesday, Jan. 2 through Friday, Jan. 4.

Learn more and register at dunwoodynature.org/camps.

FMSA Sponsors BioBlitz

FMSA Sponsors BioBlitz

SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -- Twenty-six students at First Montessori School of Atlanta recently participated in a BioBlitz. Assisted by Eric King, owner of King Landscaping, and Jillian Elleby, an FMSA science teacher, the students worked in two-person teams using a camera and log book to find and identify as many species of plants, animals, microbes, fungi and other organisms as possible in a natural area on the school campus.

FMSA's seven-acre campus is located in a residential area in Sandy Springs and includes open as well as wooded property.

"The BioBlitz was a fun and exciting way for our students to learn about biological diversity and how best to protect an ecosystem," said Upper Elementary School Teacher Livia Osorio.

Also known as a biological inventory or a biological census, the primary goal of a BioBlitz is to get an overall count of the plants, animals, fungi and other organisms that live in a place.

New K-9 unit welcomed to DeKalb

New K-9 unit welcomed to DeKalb

DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. -- DeKalb County District Attorney Robert James is proud to introduce a new four-legged member of his staff.

Andy, a five-year-old Belgian Malinois, was recently put up for adoption by the U.S. Army after his handler was wounded in Afghanistan.

"When I heard that Andy would be up for adoption, I jumped at the opportunity," said Assistant District Attorney Jason Beato, who worked with the K-9 while deployed in Afghanistan in 2010. "He will be extremely helpful in the work of our VIPER Unit and can assist other local agencies and municipalities in various roles."

During his three years in the Army, Andy was a multi-purpose K-9 who worked to track bombs, explosives and human scent.