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Wednesday, 16 August 2017 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Adventure the equator

Macon County birders Ed and Cindy Boos will tell stories and show photography from their adventures in Ecuador and Kenya during a program at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 21, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

The couple has traveled many places to photograph wildlife with an emphasis on capturing wildlife behavior. Ed specializes in photography and Cindy in video.

Free. Part of the Franklin Bird Club’s regular monthly meeting.


Stock up on native plants

The Southern Highlands Reserve in Lake Toxaway will hold its annual plant sale 9 am. To 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 25.

Offerings include many types of azaleas and other shrubs, available in 1-gallon and 4-inch containers. All plants are grown from hand-collected seed.

Credit cards and checks accepted. 828.885.2050.


Relax with raptors

A birds of prey program featuring flight demonstrations by resident raptors of the Balsam Mountain Trust will be offered 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 20, at the Cradle of Forestry in America.

Michael Skinner, executive director of the Balsam Mountain Trust in Jackson County, will give the presentation along with birds Luna, Apollo and Cheyenne.

Free with standard admission of $5 for adults 16 and up.


Take a pint for the park

A pair of pint nights at Wedge Brewing Company in Asheville will give the chance to sip a beer while learning more about the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and the work that Friends of the Smokies does to support it.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, the presentation “Elk in WNC” will tell the story of the elk’s 2001 reintroduction to the park and the ecology of these magnificent animals. Esther Blakely, owner of Cataloochee Valley Tours and interpretive presenter for the park, will give the talk.

At 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, participants will learn why the Great Smoky Mountains are often called the “Salamander Capital of the World.” The park is home to several rare species, which serve as indicators of environmental quality. The evening will also include a chance to participate in salamander trivia.

Throughout August, Wedge will donate sales of its WitBier to benefit crucial projects and programs in the national park. Smokies-inspired mountain landscapes from artist Lucy Reiser will also be displayed.

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