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A couple of Saturday’s ago Bob Olthoff and I made a quick trip up the Blue Ridge Parkway. We were…

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When Sarah Scott first started work at Haywood County Cooperative Extension in February 2015, planning for the 2016 Haywood County…

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I often remind everyone who reads “The Naturalist’s Corner” to remember to look up. But each spring while surveying birds…

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Adam Bigelow bears down on the gas pedal of his biodiesel-fueled Jetta, urging it up the steep contours of the…

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The sun had not quite set when Bradley Veeder fell asleep in his tent May 10, feeling “tired but happy”…

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It’s been three years since a vigorous debate about charging for backcountry camping in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park…

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You’re hiking streamside through a rhododendron tangle when you hear a short, musical trill – it kind of mimics the…

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When life gets hectic, most people have a vacation spot where they go to unwind — perhaps a family cabin…

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The sun is lowering toward a perfect spring evening as the crew from Fox Sports’ “Anglers & Appetites” pulls onto…

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I spend six weeks every spring doing bird surveys for the Forest Service across Western North Carolina. My travels take…

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Joel Harrington has always been a fan of turtles. Of all animals, really — he is a veterinarian — but Harrington has…

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Jackson County is on its way to becoming the trout capital of North Carolina after county leaders unveiled a plan…

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I just finished four wonderful days of birding in the Smokies, helping out with the 66th Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage.…

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It’s 4 p.m. on the Appalachian Trail, and while the sun will be awake for hours yet, “hiker midnight,” which…

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All he heard was the sound of an engine. “I came over the rise, a place I’d ridden hundreds of…

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I was having my morning coffee on the small floating dock in the narrow, clear Weeki Wachee River about three…

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The outdoors have been a powerful force in the lives of Jim Parham and MaryEllen Hammond.  The Nantahala River was…

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Due to contractual obligations with the Forest Service I have been in the woods a little earlier than usual this…

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When Earth Day rolls around this year, students at Western Carolina University will be able to celebrate with a bit…

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The parking lot at Tsali Recreation Area was full of bikes Friday evening — more than 100 of them, strapped…

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When the bell rang for the end of school Friday afternoon, Jeff Vamvakias’ room at Cullowhee Valley Elementary emptied a…

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Waterfowl have been scarce across Western North Carolina this fall and winter. Traditional haunts like Lake Julian in Asheville, Lake…

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The little storefront that serves as home base for Todd McDougall’s chiropractic office looks just about how you’d expect such…

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Franklin residents have taken it upon themselves to get the word out about the town’s recognition as the “Top Small…

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The monarch butterfly is known for its amazing annual spring and fall migration — from wintering grounds in Mexico in…

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“This is the ugliest fly I have,” says Mike Kesselring, pulling a battered-looking brown-bodied, black-feathered fly from a box marked…

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One of the greatest shows on Earth is about to take center stage. Spring ephemerals will begin clawing through the…

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It’s been 30 years since Raymond Bunn saw his first coyote, and that moment — Clay County, 1986 — is…

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When the snow starts falling and Western North Carolina’s main streets, schools and businesses go to sleep in wait for…

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It’s been awhile since The Naturalist’s Corner’s chief investigative journalist, Kuteeng Satire, has been called upon to help us clarify…

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As national champion Karen Tripp likes to say, cyclo-cross is a sport that you win by seconds. And that’s just…

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As the sun goes down on the snow-covered mountain at Cataloochee Ski Area, anticipation spikes among the enlightened few who…

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Remember the scene in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid,” where the Kid was asked by an old miner (I…

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Should North Carolina start thinking about a hunting season for elk?  If the crowd that turned out to the N.C.…

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For Danny Bernstein and her husband Lenny, trips south to visit Lenny’s family in Miami Beach are a regular feature…

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They say great minds think alike, and who am I to argue with “They?” The Franklin Bird Club and Carolina…

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Fifteen years ago, a herd of 52 elk set foot in their new home — the Great Smoky Mountains National…

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When the holidays wind down and schools go back in session, kids in some Western North Carolina classrooms will have…

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I think Lewis Carroll could have just as easily warned of the Timberdoodle as the Jubjub bird in the “Jabberwocky,”…

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Lynda Doucett and her staff at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were pretty excited to move into the new…

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Just like Haywood County’s watershed, fed by springs that all have their start inside county borders, Cherokee mythology surrounding places…

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Flying around Facebook pages (after all this is the age of information) is, apparently, a poll or online survey declaring…

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National forest trails around Fontana Village are in for an overhaul, thanks to a federal grant that’s putting the final…

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It’s a feeling that Chris Bates can’t shake. “Being outside, in the winter, on the mountain — there’s nothing like it,”…

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There’s nothing I like better than mixing pleasure with pleasure.  Last weekend, I got to spend three wonderful nights in…

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“I just don’t want to take any chances,” the hard-hatted contractor tells the officers as they get out of their…

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Olga Pader will always remember the Naked Ground Trail in the Joyce Kilmer-Slickrock Wilderness as “the hike from hell.”  It…

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"It’s like déjà vu all over again." —Yogi Berra (RIP) Maybe some of you who, like me, are getting longer in…

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For Tim Petrea, it was a truck and a red box that launched a lifetime affinity for the outdoors. Growing…

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