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It took more than a decade, a lot of detective work and a protracted legal case to clear the way…
Wednesday, 09 May 2012 13:23

Following a supermoon

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Last night (May 5) was the unveiling of this year’s supermoon. Astronomer Richard Nolle coined the term supermoon in 1979…
David Burnette and his wife Diane do things the old way. “One thing just led to another,” David said of…
Thursday, 03 May 2012 01:58

Artful birding

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I had to take my shoes off to get there, but I believe last Saturday (April 28) was the 13th…
In the two years since the Dillsboro Dam was torn down, the Tuckasegee River has become home to a growing…
Threatening weather forecasts likely kept many who registered for last Saturday’s (April 21) 5th Annual Spring Hike in Waynesville’s Watershed…
The recent acquisition of 720 acres of land in the Plott Balsams has helped set the table for the first…
Wednesday, 18 April 2012 12:32

The “New” Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage

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The 62nd Annual Spring Wildflower Pilgrimage in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park will be April 25 – 28. I…
As Tommy Yon carried his kayak up the side of a waterfall in Tennessee, he tried not to over-think the…
Wednesday, 11 April 2012 13:59

A Conference of Birds

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At Wild South’s recent “Green Tie Gala,” friend, writer, poet and publisher Thomas Rain Crowe, with a knowing wink, slipped…
Just in time for its 30th anniversary, the Western North Carolina Alliance one of the region’s most august environmental organizations…
Wednesday, 04 April 2012 12:58

Rekindling the spirit

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A couple of weeks ago I received an email from Rachel Reid of Andon-Reid Bed and Breakfast asking if I…
Several raceways were completely submerged in water, hundreds of thousands of trout laid dead on the ground, and the national…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:58

Convicted by a jury of my peers

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Last year around this time I wrote about the honor of being nominated for Wild South’s Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s “Outstanding Journalist…
Wednesday, 28 March 2012 12:38

Motives of missing man remain a mystery

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It’s probably not the view sightseers in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park were expecting last week when they pulled…
Wednesday, 21 March 2012 14:04

Not-so-strange bedfellows

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I was encouraged by a recent press release from the North Carolina Wildlife Federation. The release stated, “In a show…
Susan Sakna and her two dogs were far from their home in Massachusetts. But like many Appalachian Trail thru-hikers, Sakna…
Thursday, 15 March 2012 04:29

Get ready for Polar wade into Bear Lake

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Well, it might not exactly live up to the name "Polar Plunge" given the current spate of warm weather, but…
Borrow seeds in the spring, grow your garden in summer, give them back in the fall. That’s the premise of…
Wednesday, 29 February 2012 22:21

What light over yonder horizon shines?

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Due to a lack of foresight and copious amounts of poor planning, I found myself last Sunday evening (Feb. 26)…
Chris Graves had just parked a school van in a field, and his wildlife students were filing out for some…
Wednesday, 22 February 2012 21:41

Counting at Kituwah

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This year was the 15th annual Great Backyard Bird Count, a citizen-science project created by Cornell Lab of Ornithology and…
Things have gotten slightly darker at Western Carolina University. The Cullowhee-based college is battling Boone’s Appalachian State University in the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:54

Zee wolves must go, by Kuteeng Satire

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The Naturalist’s Corner dispatched its chief investigative reporter, Kuteeng Satire, to the land of Dudley Doright to bring you the…
Wednesday, 15 February 2012 13:51

The queen of local beekeepers

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As the weather cooled this past weekend, Kathy Taylor’s bees were nowhere in sight; sheltering themselves within their manmade, wooden…
Wednesday, 08 February 2012 21:48

Punxsutawney Phil was right

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I think the shrewd rodent hedges his bet a bit. I mean if you think about it, the difference between…
Anyone can run or bike. And if any two people could testify to that, it’s Gerri Grady and Hugh Lambert.…
Wednesday, 01 February 2012 21:44

Slip-sliding away

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Dateline 1999: David Kullivan a forestry/wildlife student at Louisiana State University, tells faculty that while turkey hunting in the Pearl…
Three Tennessee residents are headed to prison for breaking into a slew of cars at trailheads in Haywood County during…
Thursday, 26 January 2012 03:33

Cold-weather wimps

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No, I’m not talking about those of us who stay in the warm confines at Cataloochee, nursing Ninja porters, while…
Wednesday, 18 January 2012 14:51

Northern Pintail

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Thanks to a head’s up from Tim Carstens last Sunday morning (1/15), I saw a drake northern pintail, Anas acuta,…
Two of Western North Carolina’s most storied conservation groups, both based in Macon County, merged this month into a single…
Wednesday, 11 January 2012 15:29

Whoopers and hoodeds

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Cranes are cool. These big beautiful graceful birds jolt the souls of non-birders and birders alike. At five feet tall,…
More than 5 million people hit the trails in the Pisgah and Nantahala national forests last year — a number…
Thursday, 05 January 2012 03:46

Rain for wind

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This year’s ninth annual Balsam Christmas Bird Count (CBC) was held Friday Dec. 30. As I was driving home from…
Living in the mountains of Western North Carolina, it is hard to imagine never seeing snow — but Elizabeth Comberg…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:05

A Wild Week in the Wilderness

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The 22nd Annual Wilderness Wildlife Week is scheduled for Jan. 7-14 in Pigeon Forge, Tenn. This year’s Wildlife Week boasts…
Wednesday, 28 December 2011 14:02

Origin of WCU white squirrel a mystery

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A rare sighting of a white squirrel at Western Carolina University has workers there abuzz. The squirrel has been spotted…
Wednesday, 21 December 2011 15:05

A wonderful Christmas gift

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The Southern Environmental Law Center (SELC), Wild South, the Western North Carolina Alliance (WNCA) and the Southern Appalachian Forest Coalition…
The common phrase heard among kayakers daring the Nantahala’s new wave: “It’s getting there.” The Wave in the Nantahala Gorge…
Wednesday, 14 December 2011 21:49

Master Stewardship on the ground

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A North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) press release from Dec. 9 announced that work was underway, “… to restore…
Christmas tree farming is nothing new in Western North Carolina thanks to the perfect climate, perfect soil and preponderance of…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:36

The good fight

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As too often happens, in this whirlwind life, I lost my roundtoit. I received an email from the Western North…
Wednesday, 07 December 2011 14:32

Gear guide 2011

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The Smoky Mountain News has teamed up with outfitters for yet another installment of our annual Outdoor Gear Gift Guide.…
Wednesday, 30 November 2011 21:30

B-Friday

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That’s bird-Friday of course. And bird-Friday got off to a pretty chilly start. It was 26 degrees Fahrenheit when I…
Permaculture has become something of a catchword in farming and homesteading circles, a grand concept — but one usually unfulfilled…
Wednesday, 23 November 2011 15:01

Deja vue all over again

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Friends of Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge just finished waving goodbye to the Navy, its fighters and their outlying landing…
Mark Rozof sat behind a beat-up white desk surrounded by skis, walkie-talkies, snow jackets and other sundry gear strewn about…
Wednesday, 16 November 2011 14:20

The 500-pound gorilla

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I don’t remember exactly what I was doing when he came into the room. It was cool, so I had…