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Wednesday, 14 September 2011 12:32

A few hours on top

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Yesterday’s (9/11) wonderful late summer weather — mostly clear mid 70s — enticed my family up to Black Balsam for…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:14

Every breath sings mountains

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Friday, Sept. 23, is the autumn solstice. The solstice is about balance and harmony — the day and night are…
Wednesday, 07 September 2011 14:11

Cowee Mound site of bird-monitoring work

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Cherokee students and teachers have undertaken the first part of a long-term monitoring project of birds at the Cowee Mound…
Wednesday, 31 August 2011 13:05

Feathered hurricane hunter

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On Aug. 24 Chinquapin soared into the dangerous northeast quadrant of then category 3 Hurricane Irene. The Lockheed Martin C-130…
A maze of pores and rock fractures in the Appalachian Mountains make it one of the most complex hydrological systems…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:33

Testifying

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I just wanted to shout an amen to brother George Ellison’s Aug. 10 Back Then column, “Late summer is an…
Wednesday, 24 August 2011 12:29

A great race makes a comeback

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There aren’t too many road races in Western North Carolina with the storied history of the Maggie Valley Moonlight Race,…
Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:12

Rankin Bottoms

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I can always count on Rankin Bottoms Wildlife Refuge when I need a Loosiana Delta fix. This musky backwater with…
If you’re going to put on and sponsor what has quickly evolved into one of the region’s most popular road-bike…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:50

Moonshadow, moonshadow

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I was all set to write about the annual summer fireworks displayed every August on that really big screen above…
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 13:45

Stand-off over the Chattooga nears finale

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Paddlers are ever-so-slightly winning a tug-of-war over the Upper Chattooga River, a Wild and Scenic River that plunges off the…
Wednesday, 03 August 2011 13:36

OK, this polar bear walks into a Scottish bar…

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That’s probably not the exact scenario but a recent article in Current Biology claims that most, if not all, of…
Wednesday, 27 July 2011 14:35

Feeling dumb – go take a hike

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A recently published study in Proceedings, an online medical journal of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that regular aerobic…
That the Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest in Graham County isn’t what it once was is true — the large hemlocks…
Wednesday, 20 July 2011 14:28

Man vs. nature

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Unless you are of a philosophical bent, you might want to skip this last installment of the spotted owl trilogy.…
For two decades, the Little Tennessee Watershed Association in Franklin has been monitoring the health of the river’s water basin…
Wednesday, 13 July 2011 12:45

More owl pellets

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I mentioned in last week’s Naturalist’s Corner that I found the decision by U.S. Fish & Wildlife to kill barred…
It’s a busy day at the farmers market, and William Shelton is red-faced and sweaty as he hands out boxes…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:29

Good owl – bad owl

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The Migratory Bird Act makes it illegal to kill barred owls, Strix varia. It is a crime that is punishable…
Wednesday, 06 July 2011 11:27

Program marries old skills with new needs

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Scotty Bowman always knew he wanted to work outdoors, but he couldn’t figure out how to live his dream and…
Wednesday, 29 June 2011 20:35

Mountain Wildlife Daze

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The eighth annual Mountain Wildlife Days is scheduled for July 15 and 16 at the Sapphire Valley Community Center. The…
Back in January, a group of environmental advocates gathered for after-work beers at Craggie Brewery in Asheville where they heard…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:07

Birding low and high

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Too many birders hang their binoculars up and put their field guides back on the shelf after May, fearing the…
Wednesday, 22 June 2011 14:05

Bad air days common so far this summer

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Feeling a bit stuffy these days? You’re not alone — stagnating weather patterns and excessive heat, coupled with a heavy…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:15

Watershed stroll

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The first 2011 sojourn into the Town of Waynesville’s 8,000-plus acre watershed occurred last Saturday (June 11). The town has…
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 13:12

Gorge gets a boost with new wave feature

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The Nantahala River will soon boast one of the preeminent freestyle paddling features in the country — a patented apparatus…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:36

Next generation of herpetologists

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Dead snakes are certainly interesting and can pique a child’s curiosity. Izzy (9) and Maddie (5) found just such a…
Wednesday, 08 June 2011 20:34

WCU faculty, students test ‘energy mile’ theory

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Backpackers who take on the challenge of hiking in the Southern Appalachian Mountains can attest to the fact that hauling…
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 20:05

Summer Daze

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Soccer balls litter the yard, my wife is auditioning for NASCAR on the lawn mower and I am following the…
It started out simply enough. Fresh out of college on his new job in Vicksburg, Miss., on the banks of…
Thursday, 26 May 2011 04:41

Pretty in pink

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I have had the opportunity to make several trips along the Blue Ridge Parkway, in the vicinity of Devils Courthouse…
“The good ones always get wet.”   That, says Ben McFall, is how he tells a decent fly fisherman from…
Wednesday, 18 May 2011 20:40

Quiet please!

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Last Saturday morning I was racing around in the woods of the Tusquitee Ranger District on the other side of…
Some of the scientists helping to identify every living species in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park are giving up…
Wednesday, 11 May 2011 20:49

Event makes for good company, good birding

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This past Saturday, May 7, was (I believe) the 12th-annual “Birding for the Arts” fundraiser for the Haywood County Arts…
You’ve got to be just a little bit crazy, maybe, to do this trail race — crazy for an epic…
Wednesday, 04 May 2011 20:26

Buzzin’ right along

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I spoke with Blair Ogburn, senior naturalist at Balsam Mountain Trust, the other day and she related a perplexing incident.…
The U.S. Forest Service is warning hikers to stay back a good 50 feet or so from a towering poplar…
Wednesday, 27 April 2011 20:18

New nesters

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I believe all of my feathered friends that nest and raise families in my yard and in the woods surrounding…
Luke Hyde is too young to remember Horace Kephart, but his parents and grandparents knew the great American outdoor writer…
Wednesday, 20 April 2011 12:24

Sixty-one years young!

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Pilgrims from across the country and around the globe are on the move. They are headed to the Mecca of…
Ed Williams lugged a giant plastic bag teaming with silvery blue fish down a creek bank in Waynesville where they…
Wednesday, 13 April 2011 19:49

Got Mud?

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I wrote a few weeks back about my kayak adventure with my daughters to Sister Island (The Naturalist’s Corner Mar.…
To describe the new visitor center on the North Carolina side of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park as a…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:50

A perfect fit

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The planets must have been in alignment when Buddy Young, director of residential services at Lake Junaluska, and Candace Stimson,…
Wednesday, 06 April 2011 19:47

Gearing up for spring

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Kathy Calabrese, who makes herbal-medicine products such as lip balms, sprays and salves using herbs she grows at her Whittier…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:41

The Roosevelt-Ashe Conservation Awards

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Through some kind of mix up in the mail, I received a nomination from Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society for “Outstanding…
Wednesday, 30 March 2011 19:38

Festivals celebrate onset of AT hiking season

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Thru-hikers on the Appalachian Trail — those hearty souls who attempt the entire 2,170-mile trek from Georgia to Maine from…
Wednesday, 23 March 2011 20:01

The devil is in the details – again

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The U.S. Forest Service will hold a public meeting at the North Carolina Arboretum in Asheville at 100 Frederick Law…