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It’s May! That means my 2019 Forest Service bird survey has begun — another six weeks of roaming the wilds…

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It was another great Spring Break along the Gulf Coast of Central Florida. We stayed in Homosassa Springs on the…

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Ran across this little gem of a blurb on U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (FWS) Facebook page: “Sports men and…

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Maybe it’s March Madness, maybe it’s simply madness, but I’m looking at the Lake Junaluska eagles and thinking “they’re gonna…

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I am sure I’m not the only one hoping the Lake Junaluska eagles are successful this nesting season. It seems,…

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St. Croix’s adolescent hormones were coursing through his lean muscular body when the urge to leave the Black Hills of…

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Conservation of six new places last year brought Highlands-Cashiers Land Trust to a landmark total of 100 conservation projects completed,…

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It appears the eagles that nested unsuccessfully last year at Lake Junaluska are back for another go at it. There…

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On Sept. 30, 2018, a program that’s been pouring money into land conservation for more than 50 years expired. And…

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Jan. 4, 2019 was a dreary day. It was more than that; it was a dreary Balsam Christmas Bird Count…

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Born with cerebral palsy, Jaylyn Logan’s nana Marvellia Ross knew that her granddaughter’s life would have limitations. However, a new…

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Steve Kemp moved to the Great Smoky Mountains in 1987 for what would become a 30-year career with the Great…

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Birding buddy and former subcontractor for my Forest Service point-count survey, Kirk Gardner, was in town for the holidays and…

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From the depths of winter to the height of summer, valley agriculture to mountain exploration, longtime mountain dwellers to new…

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I don’t know if our recent ancestors were better weather readers than we, or if they simply knew, by late…

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Sylva got some good news about the creek that runs straight through its heart at a Nov. 8 town meeting. …

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For centuries and even millennia, the early spring greens of the sochan plant have served as a celebration of spring…

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Those radical environmentalists and their aiding and abetting scientists are finally called out.  After the deadliest wildfire in history —…

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Dan Pittillo has made his name as a botanist, but he could easily have ended up a dairy farmer instead. …

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Lake Junaluska is an amazing resource. It is home to the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center, the World Methodist…

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When Rob Gasbarro and Cory McCall met in 2008, their friendship formed around hiking and biking the mountains surrounding Franklin,…

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In 2008, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation launched a new program aiming to get kids and families out exploring the…

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It wasn’t long after we crossed the Mississippi River at Vicksburg, headed west into Louisiana, that we began to see…

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If a partnership between Jackson County and the Nantahala Area Southern Off Road Bicycle Association comes to fruition, kids in…

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An effort is underway to make North Carolina’s 24 western counties into the next outdoor gear industry hub, and the…

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The last installment of “The Naturalist’s Corner” began kind of tongue-in-cheek, referring to climate change in Trumpian terms of a…

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Brannen Basham spends more time puttering around the yard than the average homeowner, but the result is not what most…

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From towering mountains to shimmering seas, North Carolina has a little bit of everything — and for the trail that…

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I’m sure many can remember what President Donald J. Trump, a legend in his own mind, has had to say…

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For Elizabeth and me, the fall season is one of the most invigorating times to get out in the woods…

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A nighttime breath of fresh air turned traumatic for 75-year-old Swannanoa resident Toni Rhegness when she spotted three bear cubs…

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My bride and I celebrated our anniversary by ditching the kids and renting a cabin near Blue Ridge, Ga., for…

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Andrew Shepherd has only been a runner for about two years. But when he took up the hobby, he was…

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North Carolina got a new slice of public land last week when Headwaters State Forest was opened to the public…

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I started out the front door, in the early morning light the other day, to check on the whereabouts of…

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Twenty years ago, Erin McManus and her friend Amy Miller were 22-year-olds fresh out of college, with no jobs, no…

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Around 70 percent of the birds that nest in the Eastern U.S. are neotropical migrants — they nest here (U.S.…

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Our annual beach and marsh R&R at Wild Dunes on Isle of Palms, South Carolina, is history. Thanks to the…

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Barbed wire and hundreds of pounds of donuts are the key ingredients in a University of Tennessee Knoxville effort to…

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When Sam Chandler heard that the summer camp he’d been attending for years planned to launch an adventure camp, he…

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Studying the red wolf fiasco taking place in eastern North Carolina takes me far away in time and distance —…

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Intermittent breeze ripples the water atop Lake Junaluska as the sky vacillates between sun and cloud, but the wind can’t…

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife (F&W) held a public meeting regarding proposed rule changes to its Red Wolf Recovery Plan. According…

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A youthful lark ended in tragedy July 1 for a Maggie Valley elk that trekked through the Pisgah National Forest…

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For even the most woods-savvy of plant lovers, a blooming mountain camellia is a rare to non-existent sight.  A member…

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On June 27 U.S. Fish and Wildlife (F&W) announced a proposed rule many in the conservation forefront have deemed as…

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Bill Holbrook has been a lot of things in his 71 years on earth — a factory worker, a manager, a…

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This past spring was one of the more trying ones with regard to my annual U.S. Forest Service bird point…

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Most readers know the pair of bald eagles that nested at Lake Junaluska this spring were unsuccessful. There is no…

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