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The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is making use of citizen scientists from around the world to help sort and catalog…
Wednesday, 28 August 2013 03:39

A bird of two tales

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Roger Tory Petersen called it, “one of the most breathtaking of the world’s weirdest birds,” and it was John James…
By Tyler Norris Goode • Contributor Rowan Stuart’s favorite kayak maneuver is called the “Phonics Monkey” and involves spinning the vessel…
While lines of cars zip down the Blue Ridge Parkway and hikers scurry along its zigzagging trails, Graveyard Fields moves…
Wednesday, 21 August 2013 14:01

Wind birds up

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Like the breathing in and out of newborns; like the ebb and flow of the tide, and like the cycle…
Wednesday, 14 August 2013 13:57

A pistol of a shrimp

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Once again, through the gracious hospitality of a dear friend the Hendershot family found itself on the Isle of Palms…
This year’s Aug. 17 Blue Ridge Breakaway is hoping to attract nearly 600 cyclists to Haywood County, and leading those…
Wednesday, 07 August 2013 13:11

No this ain’t Dallas

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Now don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against Dallas. And I’m sure that if you like big, hot, crowded…
Sitting at a picnic table alongside the Nantahala River, Charles Conner watches the fast moving water. It’s may be a…
Wednesday, 31 July 2013 14:20

Taking the smart out of growth

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North Carolina House Bill 94 (Amend Environmental Laws) has passed the House and Senate and awaits the governor’s signature. HB…
No, it’s not Aquaman’s preferred mode of commuting; nor the latest urban workout trend or new-fangled underwater gym equipment. The…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:06

Where martins hang

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Purple martin “scouts” are some of the earliest harbingers of spring. I recorded one in February at Black Bayou Lake…
Wednesday, 24 July 2013 14:03

Global warming imperils Golden-winged warbler

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The steady decline of the Golden-winged Warbler on the Southern Appalachian landscape is a trend that not only threatens the…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:06

Carolina birder video bombed

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Carolina birder Matt Daw from Raleigh was videoing a least bittern last week as it foraged at Bosque Del Apache…
Wednesday, 17 July 2013 15:04

From farm to table

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Get to know your local farmers and learn some tricks from green thumb masters during the annual Jackson County Farm…
Wednesday, 10 July 2013 14:03

Learn about GNSA

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The regional environmental group Wild South has a hike planned for July 13 into the heart of, what they hope…
Coming to Cullowhee soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in…
And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…
Wednesday, 03 July 2013 02:35

One-night trips into the Smokies

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For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…
You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…
Wednesday, 26 June 2013 00:00

That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all

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I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:37

Like a good neighbor

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The folks in the mountains of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee share more than a common boundary, they share…
Wednesday, 12 June 2013 12:29

Bridging the gap between young, old

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With each passing day, the first-person accounts of what life was like in the Smokies before Google, iTunes or even…
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 13:36

Serendipitous beach trip

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Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…
A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
Wednesday, 29 May 2013 13:26

A hangover of hoverers

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As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…
The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…
In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 00:00

A record-breaking weekend of birding

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Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:17

A record-breaking weekend (part one)

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What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…
Wednesday, 15 May 2013 14:15

Segway tours make debut in Waynesville

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The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this…
Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old.…
Wednesday, 08 May 2013 00:00

Water cents

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What falls freely from the sky, rumbles, swooshes, rolls, trickles across the planet; seeps into the earth beneath our feet…
Haywood County is about to experience its newest festival: EcoFest, an ode to sustainability, agriculture and the environment. This year…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:49

Homecoming

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The blue-headed vireo sang to me of spring sometime around the first week of April. Blue-headeds are generally the last…
Wednesday, 24 April 2013 01:45

Honeybee disappearance baffles experts

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Beekeepers in Western North Carolina were hit especially hard this winter by a mysterious rash of bee disappearances.  Amateur Haywood…
Wednesday, 17 April 2013 13:37

Earth Day rant

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Earth Day 2013 is Monday, April 22. The first official “Earth Day” occurred in 1970 and environmentalists celebrated. Environmental lawyer…
Dana Dowdy raised a razor-sharp axe above her head, let it hover a moment and then slammed into her competition…
Wednesday, 10 April 2013 14:27

Love was in the air

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Love may be a little anthropogenic for toads, but the eons old “urge to merge” was quite prevalent last Sunday…
Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or an environmental activist? Do you feel frustrated with the way issues dear to…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:58

Coming soon to a flyway near you

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This recent bumpy weather across the Eastern U.S. has resulted in some flight delays and changed itineraries for a bunch…
Wednesday, 03 April 2013 19:56

Jackson towns tout new ‘trout city’ status

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More than a third of the tourists who come knocking at the Jackson County visitor center these days have trout…
Wednesday, 27 March 2013 13:56

Green Oscars V

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Wild South held its fifth annual Green Gala celebrating the 2012 Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Conservation Award winners last Friday, March 22.…
The painstaking process of outlining a clear mission for the U.S. Forest Service and how it will manage its expansive…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:07

I have seen the light

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I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…
Wednesday, 20 March 2013 14:04

Paddling springs eternal

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Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 23:20

Lorca, Neruda and the beautiful game

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By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…
Wednesday, 13 March 2013 22:38

And now for something completely different

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So what’s in the news nowadays? Any bad news for the environment? Let’s see. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the…
Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…