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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…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:41

The Naturalist's Corner: Ridin’ the tide

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On a recent trip to Isle of Palms, South Carolina, we had access to a sea kayak and decided to…
Wednesday, 16 March 2011 19:37

Hemp house going up at Lake Junaluska

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If someone said the word “hemp,” the first thing to spring to mind probably wouldn’t be home construction. But if…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:16

Only Catamounts left in WNC are at WCU

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Last week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service tried to put the last nail in the coffin of the eastern…
Wednesday, 09 March 2011 21:13

Local mountain bikers join forces

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In Western North Carolina’s thriving outdoors community, mountain bikers have long been at the center of the action. But now,…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:09

Life of Riley in Louisiana

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Different people have different ideas of camping. Some people like to carry their camp on their back as they hike…
Wednesday, 02 March 2011 21:06

Nantahala-Pisgah National Forest turns 100

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By Brent Martin • Guest Writer The Nantahala-Pisgah national forests celebrated their 100th birthday March 1.   Of course, the…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 21:02

Stalked by a not so wild elk

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An old friend from Mer Rouge, La., George Bowe, was passing through a couple of weeks ago so we decided…
Wednesday, 23 February 2011 20:59

Trail running takes off

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Once upon a time and not particularly very long ago, trail running in Western North Carolina was a fringe sport…
Wednesday, 16 February 2011 20:55

The Naturalist's Corner: Time to shift gears

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Environmentalism across the U.S. and around the world was spawned from the sludge of greed, industrialization and indifference. Some of…
This little slice of Western North Carolina just landed the big one when it comes to competitive fly-fishing. The 2011…
Wednesday, 09 February 2011 21:02

The Naturalist's Corner: A bog of dreams

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The Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy (CMLC) and partners are literally moving the earth over in Flat Rock to help restore…
Wednesday, 02 February 2011 21:12

The Naturalist's Corner: Take this book outside

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Don’t put this book on your bookshelf, mounted there like some hunter’s head of a deer, to prove you can…
Wednesday, 26 January 2011 21:20

The Naturalist's Corner: Godzilla meets Barbi

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Pandemonium had engulfed Shoal Creek by the time authorities arrived. One fisherman sat, dazed, on a boulder, rocking back and…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 20:01

The Naturalist's Corner: Triple play

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Crawl out of your igloo and take a look around. We had kind of assumed a “snow” mentality here at…
Wednesday, 19 January 2011 19:49

Logging for cash versus long-range forest health

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Logging in national forests might take on a radically different look in coming years. The forest service might be moving…
If there was any lingering doubt that the apocalypse was, indeed, scheduled for 2012, it has been erased. The totally…
Wednesday, 12 January 2011 13:26

WildSouth facilitates wildlife meeting

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The non-profit grassroots conservation organization WildSouth sponsored a meeting last week to discuss complaints and questions from the public regarding…