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According to the National Phenology Network, Punxsutawny Phil had it all wrong when he emerged from his hole this month to declare six more weeks of winter — across the Southeastern U.S, the NPN’s data shows, spring 2017 is arriving three weeks earlier than the 1981-2010 average. 

The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is looking for volunteers to help gather the data that will bring such generalizations down to a more local level. Phenology — the ways that plants and animals respond to seasonal changes — has been the subject of increasing interest as discussions about climate change have heated up, and the park is now four years into a volunteer program to collect data for the larger NPN project.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:12

Birdwatchers wanted

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The Great Backyard Bird Count will return for its 20th year Feb. 17-20, calling bird lovers everywhere to help collect data for ongoing research to better understand how birds are affected by the changing climate.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:11

Have a hiker happy hour

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A happy hour for hikers is coming to Franklin, planned for 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 21, at Lazy Hiker Brewing Company.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:10

Learn to start plants from seed

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Starting plants from seed is fun and easy — or at least that’s what Master Gardener Volunteer Jim Janke will demonstrate 1-2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, at the Waynesville Library Auditorium.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017 17:09

Get ready for summer camp

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Open house dates for the Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department’s upcoming summer camp season are planned for 6:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 20 and 28 at the Waynesville Recreation Center, with attendance at one session mandatory for parents whose kids want to attend camp.

Wednesday, 08 February 2017 17:09

New easements conserve hundreds of acres

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More than 340 acres in Jackson and Cherokee counties have been conserved, thanks to conservation easements through Mainspring Conservation Trust.

Wednesday, 01 February 2017 16:14

Run toward spring

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It may be winter, but running season is just around the corner, with registration already open for some races.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017 16:43

Smokies hike lineup announced for 2017

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A new lineup of hikes exploring the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has been announced for 2017, with Friends of the Smokies taking its annual Classic Hike Series into the seventh year.