On Monday a Georgia College student finishing up an environmental studies project at the cow pond informed me that he had spotted a peregrine falcon. He went on to say that this bird of prey is on the endangered species list and that seeing one anywhere is a rare treat. He also noted the very fact that a peregrine falcon would find Andalusia such a congenial and protected habitat speaks volumes for this farm. And indeed it does, since this is not the first time that such birds have been seen here. Next time you're visiting Andalusia be sure to check out the brochure we've printed up that lists all the birds that have been spotted at the farm. On it you'll find every kind of bird from cedar waxwings, to bobwhite quail, and the elusive Kentucky warbler. The list of 167 species is by no means exhaustive. I wouldn't be surprised that if some day the passenger pigeon miraculously reappears it will show up at Andalusia. Back in 1934, the Milledgeville city fathers decided that the motto for our community would be: "Milledgeville: A Bird Sanctuary." Old signs proclaiming such can still be seen downtown. In recent years to draw more tourists to town, the slogan was changed to "Capitals, Columns, and Culture." I prefer the old motto. If Milledgeville no longer considers itself a bird sanctuary, we here at Andalusia consider the farm to be so. It was when Flannery O'Connor lived here, it still is today and we hope will remain so in the future.
I cannot imagine a more appropriate place for a bird sanctuary. Ms. O'Connor would be very pleased.
BTW, my blog focuses on Flannery O'Connor (with an occasional focus on other writers and books). I invite readers of your blog to visit.
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