Twenty-five people donned life jackets and boarded 11 canoes and two kayaks for a six-mile, four-hour trip on the South River July 21.
Winding through south DeKalb from the Panola Shoals trailhead near Snapfinger Road to Panola Mountain State Park, the trip was sponsored by the South River Watershed Alliance (SRWA) and Arabia Mountain Heritage Area Alliance.
“We want to explore the beauty of the nature and wonders of the ecosystem,” said Maceo Rogers of Decatur, before the trip.
During the river trip species of birds were identified, including Canada geese, mallards, herons, turkey vultures, red-shouldered hawks, belted Kingfishers, Carolina chickadees and white-eyed vireo.
“I’m not sure how many people who live in south DeKalb are familiar with the river and know what it offers,” Rogers said.
Rogers, who has been in DeKalb since 1986, said the trip was his first time experiencing the river.