Outdoors roundupWritten by Admin
Cashiers speaker focuses on natural history
Dr. Frank Forcino will help discuss fossils, the history of the earth and local geology as part of the Village Nature Series at 5:30 p.m. June 28 at the Village Green Commons in Cashiers.
Dr. Forcino will take attendees on a tour of the Cashiers/Western North Carolina region throughout the earth’s history, discussing changes in the position and shape of the continents, examining fossils that represent the life that once inhabited the region as well as different rock types that were formed at different points through the past 500 million years
Dr. Forcino is an assistant professor at Western Carolina University in the Geosciences and Natural Resources Department. He is a geologist with a specialty in paleontology — the study of ancient life. His research focuses on understanding the ecological conditions of the past 500 million years to put the current ecological and biodiversity changes in perspective of all of Earth’s history.
The Village Nature Series is a free event sponsored by the Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust and The Village Green as part of their shared mission to protect and preserve our land and natural resources.
828.526.1111 or visit www.hicashlt.org.
Hunting for the Stewartia tree
Mainspring Conservation Trust is hosting a Stewartia Walk with horticultural expert Jack Johnston from 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, June 28.
Participants will meet on Mainspring’s Queen Branch Property (N.C. 28 in northern Macon County) and travel by car to locations previously scouted by Johnston. Wear comfortable clothing (hike may go over soggy ground, depending on the weather) and bring a camera and bottle of water.
Learn to photograph the wild
A free wildlife photography class will be offered 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 25, at the Pisgah Center for Wildlife Education.
Photographer Jennifer Rowe will teach the class, covering the basics of macro photography and settings and techniques for capturing the closest, sharpest images of tiny plants and animals around the Pisgah Center.
Participants must bring their own camera. Cameras capable of manual exposures are best.
Free, with registration required at www.ncwildlife.org/Learning/EducationCenters/Pisgah/EventRegistration.aspx.
Swimmers of all skill levels will get a chance to try their strokes with the Ridges 5K Open Water Swim Sunday, July 10, on Lake Chatuge.
The race starts from Ridges Resort in Hiawassee Georgia, crossing the state line somewhere in the middle to end at Clay County Recreation Park in Hayesville.
The lake is huge, but most of the course is within 50 yards of land, and safety boats will guide and guard participants. Swimmers are also welcome to have family and friends paddle alongside in a kayak. Participants will have up to three hours to finish the course.
$55. Presented by Race Odyssey Events.
Tennis league looking for players
An adult tennis league is starting up in Jackson County, with registration open through July 1.
Both singles and doubles games will be organized, with the self-officiated league beginning the week of July 11.
$10 per person.