Outdoors roundup

Find the flowers

A search for early wildflowers will embark 10 a.m. Sunday, March 18, on the Balsam Mountain Preserve, in a hunt led by the Balsam Mountain Trust. 

The event will wrap up around 1 p.m. as guests hunt for new blooms, wildflowers and other signs of spring. 

Free, with donations appreciated. RSVP by March 15 to Rose Wall at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.631.1061.


Mingle with mosses

Mosses, hornworts and liverworts will take center stage during a field day with botanical wizard Ed Schwartzman Saturday, March 17, at Alarka Institute in Cowee Valley. 

Schwartzman will take the group outside to learn how to identify these bryophytes, drawing on a professional expertise that includes botany, bryology, herpetology and forest and wetland ecology. Schwartzman owns and operates Joe Pye Ecological Consulting in Asheville and was a botanist for the N.C. Natural Heritage Program for 10 years. 

$65 includes microscopes and materials, vegetarian lunch and afternoon happy hour. Space limited. Register at www.paypal.me/cedartree.


Become a better turkey hunter

A free turkey hunting seminar designed for novice and expert hunters alike will be offered 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, at the Haywood Community College auditorium.

The seminar will cover biology, hunting methods, calling, decoys, firearms, ammo tips, camouflage, turkey processing and cooking techniques. 

Offered through a partnership of HCC’s Arts, Sciences and Natural Resources Department, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the N.C. Chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation. 

Pre-registration required at www.ncwildlife.org


Be safe on the farm

A daylong event covering the basics of farm safety will be offered starting 9:30 a.m. Friday, March 23, at the Macon County Fairgrounds. 

Farm Safety Day will discuss safety practices related to tractor roll-over, PTO safety, ATVs, hunting, livestock handling, facilities, small power equipment and the environment. Participants will rotate through various stations as instructors demonstrate the dangers posed and safety measures to consider before, during and after each activity. During lunch, accident survivors will share their stories and encourage participants not to follow in their footsteps. 

Free. Lunch provided. Register with Joe Deal, 828.349.2046.


Leave No Trace workshop offered

A certification workshop in Leave No Trace ethics will be offered 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, March 24, at Headwaters Outfitters Outdoor Adventures in Transylvania County. 

Certified Leave No Trace Trainers Jayne Fought and Danielle Mathews of Brevard will lead the Leave No Trace Awareness Workshop, teaching the seven principles of Leave No Trace with an emphasis on skills and techniques essential to upholding Leave No Trace standards through experiential training and learning. 

$12 and open to ages 12 and up, with students under 16 to be accompanied by an adult. Space limited. Sign up at 828.877.3106 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

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