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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

Outdoors roundup

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Leonid meteor shower coming up

The Leonid meteor shower will return again this year, reaching a peak of 20 meteors per hour at midnight on the night of Nov. 17-18, when a waxing crescent moon will make for a darker sky and better viewing. 

The Leonids are associated with Comet Tempel-Tuttle, which gives off gases and dust as it revolves around the sun. When the earth encounters the trail of debris the comet leaves behind on its annual trip around the sun, a meteor shower results.


Prescribed burns planned for national forests

A pair of prescribed burns in the Nantahala National Forest in Graham County will be the first of several the U.S. Forest Service plans to conduct over the next few months in North Carolina. 

Once weather conditions are suitable, the Forest Service will burn 15 acres of the Cheoah Point Recreation Area on Lake Santeetlah to reduce leaf litter and debris, and 250 acres at Nolton Ridge.

Prescribed burning is a common management tool to improve habitat for wildlife, reduce the risk of wildfire and restore species that depend on fire to persist. 


Lend a voice during Paris climate talks 

As world leaders gather in Paris for the United Nations Climate Talks, Nov. 31 to Dec. 11, climate advocates will gather in Asheville to bring awareness to the issue. 

• 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at Grove Park on Charlotte Street, climate advocates will hold a candlelight vigil in support of a transition to 100 percent renewable energy. Sponsored by 350 Asheville and The Green Grannies. 

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 6, at the pavilion at Carrier Park on Amboy Road, an interfaith crowed will gather for a 2-mile walk — signs and banners in hand — from Carrier Park to French Broad Park. The route will include stops at the river, a wetland, a contaminated parcel being cleaned up and an electric power substation for stories of the sites accompanied by music, poetry and prayer. Some materials will be provided to make signs starting at 1 p.m. Sponsored by Creation Care Alliance of Western North Carolina. 


Meet the birds of Lake J

A photo-illustrated talk on the birds of Lake Junaluska will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Bethea Welcome Center. 

Local naturalist and renowned birdwatcher Don Hendershot will give the talk, accompanied by his own photos, with a question and answer session at the end. 

Free. Part of the Junaluskans’ regular “Live and Learn” program. 

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