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A couple of Sundays ago Bob Olthoff, Blair Ogburn (senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Preserve) and I were at Balsam…

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Resource managers and plant specialists with the Blue Ridge Parkway are calling on neighboring landowners to help rein in the…

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Ornithologists Geoff Hill of Auburn University and Dan Mennill from University of Windsor presented a program at this year’s American…

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Hikers, fishermen and environmentalists won a small victory last week in an on-going tug-of-war with paddlers over the upper Chattooga…

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By Kathleen Lamont Buying local produce enables you to: • Eat fresher, better tasting, and healthier foods.

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The furnace has been on a couple of nights already to take the chill off. Driving home from Asheville the…

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The onset of fall marks the end of the active gardening season for most. It also marks the beginning of…

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School students who visited the Haywood County Fair last week learned all about bees at a traveling bee hive exhibit…

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Illegal poaching of hellbenders, a gigantic prehistoric-looking salamander, has become so problematic scientists like Dr. Michael Freake are omitting data…

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Here we go again Grail bird’s back in town again

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More than 300 competitors converged on Tsali Recreation Area earlier this month for the 14th annual Tsali Challenge Triathlon, a…

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As a passel of high school interns tugged and squirmed their way into wetsuits along the edge of the Oconaluftee…

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Most salamanders are born in the water as tadpoles. Later they grow legs and emerge onto land, albeit with a…

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By Michael Beadle At first it seemed like madness. Why else would anyone freely submit to running 15 to 25…

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Monarch butterflies will soon be passing through Western North Carolina on their long migration back to Mexico for the winter.…

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Birders are rejuvenated. Binoculars and spotting scopes have been cleaned and readied. Field guides have usurped The Da Vinci Code’s…

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Two ostriches with their heads buried in the sand were having a conversation. The first ostrich said, chuckling, “Man can…

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Managers at Great Smoky Mountains National Park are bracing for a higher-than-normal level of bear activity this fall and are…

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Mention the phrase “insect society,” and most folks automatically think of such natural phenomena as the bee hive, the ant…

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In the old days, the months leading up to the Tsali Challenge triathlon meant a great scramble was on among…

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I was clicking Izzy into her booster seat last Saturday about 9 p.m. when she said, “Look Daddy, there’s a…

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When Aaron Patterson graduated from Tuscola High this year, little did he know a big chunk of his summer break…

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Several times a year, Park Ranger Susan Sachs heads up to the ozone garden at the Appalachian Highlands Science Learning…

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I was working in the yard the other afternoon when I heard a crisp “whap!” — like the sound of…

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Nothing takes me back to that shotgun shack along the dusty road around Horseshoe Lake quicker than the call of…

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On-going farmland conservation efforts in the rural Haywood County community of Bethel got a boost with a $20,000 grant from…

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The king of insect migration – King Billy – will soon be gliding its way to Mexico by the millions.…

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Checking email has gotten a lot more exciting for Wendy Johnson lately. As the organizer for the 28th Annual Maggie…

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Cyclists will be testing their legs and lungs on the roads of Western North Carolina later this month in the…

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Peregrine falcons, a recovering endangered species, once again nested successfully this spring on Whiteside Mountain in Highlands.

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One of the tenets of the theory of evolution is a phenomenon known as character displacement. Character displacement states, in…

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Thanks to a National Science Foundation grant-funded project led by a Western Carolina University professor, 25 young people from Washington’s…

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The elk herd in Cataloochee Valley added at least eight babies to its ranks this summer, giving the herd a…

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The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina recently awarded $25,000 to a group of 13 land conservation organizations working collectively…

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Tasty, fish flavored morsels will be dropped from overhead aircraft along the North Carolina-Tennessee line in Haywood and Swain counties…

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Controversy over a paddling ban on the upper Chattooga River attracted more than 125 people to a public meeting in…

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No, it’s not another reality TV series, and there’s no need to call in and vote for your favorite. But…

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By Michael Beadle It’s mid-morning at Cartoogechaye Creek just below the Macon County Recreation Park’s tennis courts in Franklin. Bill…

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A federal judge in Arkansas halted on Thursday, July 20, an ambitious Army Corps of Engineers plan to pump water…

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Dave Linn, a triathlete from Franklin, has been chosen for the United States triathlon team going to the World Championships…

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A rafting and tubing outfitter on the upper Tuckasegee River in Jackson County claims he is being slighted in a…

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About a million years ago, through a wormhole, while I was still in college and Grumman aluminum was state of…

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The Southern Appalachian Biodiversity Project and WNC Alliance are opposing a logging proposal in the vicinity of Looking Glass Rock,…

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Remember the chaos theory — how the flapping of a single butterfly’s wings could produce unknown and unpredictable atmospheric change?…

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The Great Smoky Mountains National Park is inviting kids and their families to participate in a selection of summer programs…

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By Ed Kelley If you spend much time in the outdoors, you will eventually have an encounter with wildlife. I…

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The All Taxa Biological Inventory hit the 5,000 species milestone this summer in an ongoing effort to document every species…

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By Michael Beadle You’ll have to excuse Greg Duff if he greets you out of breath. If he’s not in…

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I have just finished by bird point survey for the Forest Service, which takes me to Mt. Mitchell and Roan…

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