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Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:01

The Naturalist's Corner: Triple play

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Crawl out of your igloo and take a look around. We had kind of assumed a “snow” mentality here at…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:49

Logging for cash versus long-range forest health

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Logging in national forests might take on a radically different look in coming years. The forest service might be moving…
If there was any lingering doubt that the apocalypse was, indeed, scheduled for 2012, it has been erased. The totally…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:26

WildSouth facilitates wildlife meeting

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The non-profit grassroots conservation organization WildSouth sponsored a meeting last week to discuss complaints and questions from the public regarding…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:53

The Naturalist's Corner: A soggy record

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The twin banes of birding, wind and rain, combined to help set a new record low for the eighth annual…
Wednesday, 05 January 2011 20:50

The great white quiet

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Doug McFalls spent last winter as caretaker at LeConte Lodge in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The lodge is…
Correction: Last week’s story regarding the Balsam CBC stated that dinner after the count would be at the Sagebrush. Wrong!…
Wednesday, 29 December 2010 20:38

More Blue Ridge Parkway viewshed protected

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The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy (SAHC) recently protected Blackrock Ridge in northern Jackson County, a striking and important component of…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:49

The Naturalist's Corner: Invasion of the PUFIs

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Don’t worry, PUFIs won’t harm you. They won’t even take you up to the mothership to probe and prod you…
Wednesday, 22 December 2010 20:46

National Audubon’s 111th Christmas Bird Count

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Tis the season to be counting. The National Audubon Society’s century-old citizen-science prototype — the Christmas Bird Count (CBC) —…
I received an email last week from Ida Phillips, communications director for Audubon North Carolina, announcing that Lea Island, a…
Wednesday, 15 December 2010 21:23

Mixing business with birding

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A recent program brought together business owners and outdoor enthusiasts who shared a common desire — to promote birding while also…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner: Goose dilemma

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A spin around Lake Junaluska the other day (12/2) turned up another unusual winter visitor plus highlighted the foibles and…
Wednesday, 08 December 2010 21:02

Cataloochee Ski Patrol: Keeping you safe on the slope

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The Cataloochee Ski Patrol began in 1961 as a group of friends who enjoyed skiing at the new Cataloochee Ski…
I mean, where would you hang a tire swing if there were no trees? How could you lay back and…
Wednesday, 01 December 2010 21:09

Photography stands out among a mixed bag of interest

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Putting all of Ed Kelley’s interests in separate, tidy little boxes just doesn’t work. There’s no way to separate Ed…
Wednesday, 24 November 2010 20:03

Trying to preserve a national treasure

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The U.S. Forest Service spent the first two weeks of November felling approximately 150 dead and/or dying eastern hemlocks in…
The answer is, in the case of the federally endangered Carolina northern flying squirrel, a resounding yes. The North Carolina…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:38

Redheads, rustys and hairys – oh dear

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A beautiful morning and Lake Junaluska was calling again. I approached the lake along Golf Course Road on the side…
Wednesday, 17 November 2010 20:34

White nose syndrome decimating bat populations

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It’s only a matter of time before the fungal infection white nose syndrome (WNS) appears in North Carolina, say wildlife…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:05

The Naturalist's Corner

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East Fork Headwaters Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy is still hoping for a Christmas present from the North Carolina Wildlife Resources…
Wednesday, 10 November 2010 21:03

SCC offers new program in wilderness therapy

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Southwestern Community College has started a new degree program whose graduates will likely become the leaders in the growing field…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 00:57

Keep your eye on the birdie

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Last year around this time we talked about York University Professor Bridget Stutchbury’s groundbreaking research with migrating purple martins and…
The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy has partnered with The Conservation Fund to purchase 8,000 acres in southern Transylvania County from…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:46

October nights

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The clear night skies last week provided the perfect backdrop for this year’s Hunter’s Moon. The Hunter’s Moon is the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

The 1776 campaign against the Cherokee

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By Lamar Marshall • Contributing Writer It was a crisp, cold day with snow on the ground when I pulled…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:19

Aster-risk*

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Blue, white, lavender and purple corymbs, racemes and panicles will glow from shadowy woods and blaze from sunny meadows from…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:18

Ancient footpaths of a lost era

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Editor’s note: In April 2009, the non-profit organization Wild South was notified by the Cherokee Preservation Foundation of the Eastern…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:50

Peregrines have much better year in 2010

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According to a recent report from Chris Kelley, N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission Mountain Wildlife Diversity Biologist, seven of 12 nesting…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:47

Watershed forestry back on the table

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Waynesville town leaders are weighing whether to conduct selective logging of an old white pine plantation in the Waynesville watershed,…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:28

The Naturalist's Corner

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Foggy fall morning at Lake Junaluska I decided to get out and get a breath of autumn air this morning…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:25

Benton MacKaye trail celebrates milestone

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By Reggie Jay • Guest writer As the Benton MacKaye Trail turns 30 this year, a dedicated group of volunteers…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 13:19

The Naturalist's Corner

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North Carolina’s loss – Louisiana’s gain Chris Canfield has stepped down as executive director of Audubon North Carolina to assume…
Tuesday, 28 September 2010 13:21

Recreation rendezvous shines a light on WNC

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Representatives from some of the biggest names in outdoor recreation will soon touch ground in Asheville for the 2010 Outdoor…
Wednesday, 22 September 2010 19:48

The Naturalist's Corner

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Panther Top fire tower My family spent a wonderful sunny Sunday afternoon this week in the Tusquitee Ranger District of…
As the recession worsens, more and more animals need help, and fewer and fewer funding sources are available to animal…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:43

The Good, The Bad and The Deadly

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The Good, The Bad and The Deadly is one of five classes that will be offered by the Asheville Mushroom…
Wednesday, 15 September 2010 19:37

To catch a ginseng thief

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With the ginseng season just getting under way, federal and state law enforcement officers again are turning to cutting-edge technology…
Wednesday, 08 September 2010 13:29

The Naturalist's Corner

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Fall migration is heating up It looks like last week’s long-billed curlew was a harbinger of things to come. A…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:18

WNC birders jolted from summer doldrums

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Birders are a restless, impatient lot. From the end of June till the end of August they walk around in…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:16

Cataloochee Elk deemed a success

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Fans of the elk herd in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park would be surprised to learn that until now,…
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:44

Won one for the piper

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On Aug. 17, federal judge Royce C. Lambeth ruled that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s designation of critical habitat…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:47

Overlooks in southern Appalachia

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High-elevation overlooks are one of our finest natural resources. These vantage points allow us to rise above our everyday humdrum…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:38

The oil is gone! Long live the oil!

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A week or so ago White House energy adviser Carol Browner was hitting the morning TV circuit, telling anyone who…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:36

On the beauty of hibiscus flowers

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I had my first introduction to plants in the Hibiscus genus when I was a boy. Rose-of-Sharon was a common…
Wednesday, 28 July 2010 13:08

Bird’s the word

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Are you a fledgling birder? Would you like to learn more about the feathered flocks that visit your feeder and…
Ruffin Shackelford led a group of boys, referred to his program by a juvenile court judge, deep into the Shining…
Wednesday, 21 July 2010 13:00

Goats who stare at trees

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They not only stare at them, they eat them. Well, maybe not all trees, but woody browse in general. Hopefully,…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:49

America’s Great Outdoors Initiative

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Not even the looming shadow of the nation’s worst environmental disaster in two decades could spoil the mood at the…