Carolina birder video bombed
 

Carolina birder video bombed

Carolina birder Matt Daw from Raleigh was videoing a least bittern last week as it foraged at Bosque Del Apache…
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From farm to table
 

From farm to table

Get to know your local farmers and learn some tricks from green thumb masters during the annual Jackson County Farm…
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Learn about GNSA
 

Learn about GNSA

The regional environmental group Wild South has a hike planned for July 13 into the heart of, what they hope…
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Appalachian Trail conference serves up full buffet of hiking fare
 

Appalachian Trail conference serves up full buffet of hiking fare

Coming to Cullowhee soon: four days of total immersion in everything trail. Camaraderie with fellow trail enthusiasts and taking in…
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“Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves…”
 

“Ye elves of hills, brooks, standing lakes and groves…”

And ye elf and sprite lovers and lovers of the Bard whose words have seeped so deeply into the fabric…
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One-night trips into the Smokies
 

One-night trips into the Smokies

For day hikers who want to take the next step or for a seasoned backpackers who can’t find the time…
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Enthusiasts produce map with sampling of rides in Haywood
 

Enthusiasts produce map with sampling of rides in Haywood

You’ve got your chain well-oiled, air in your tires and water in your bottles. You are all set for a…
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That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all
 

That’s Suuthern flyin’ squerl, y’all

I’ve written about these small nocturnal hang gliders before, but I posted a pic of a group from my home,…
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Like a good neighbor
 

Like a good neighbor

The folks in the mountains of Western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee share more than a common boundary, they share…
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Bridging the gap between young, old
 

Bridging the gap between young, old

With each passing day, the first-person accounts of what life was like in the Smokies before Google, iTunes or even…
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Serendipitous beach trip
 

Serendipitous beach trip

Conscientious, detailed vacation planning; anticipating the “what ifs” and having contingency plans; route planning and hashing out all the logistics…
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Site near Cowee mound saved from development, turned over to tribe
 

Site near Cowee mound saved from development, turned over to tribe

A mountainside in Macon County once destined for a housing development is now destined to be a community forest area…
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A hangover of hoverers
 

A hangover of hoverers

As we turn to bask in the full glow of the summer sun, mornings begin to heat up quickly. As…
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Triathlons aim to make  treachorous lake swims safer
 

Triathlons aim to make treachorous lake swims safer

The swim leg of a triathlon is notoriously daunting. Of the sport’s three heats — swimming, biking and running —…
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Bringing back the brookie: Successful restoration paints bright future for native trout
 

Bringing back the brookie: Successful restoration paints bright future for native trout

In the early 1900s, Florence Cope Bush, author of Dorie: Woman of the Mountains, described native brook trout as being…
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A record-breaking weekend of birding
 

A record-breaking weekend of birding

Last week, we set the stage for the 29th annual Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition (GSMBE). The group starts at 9…
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A record-breaking weekend (part one)
 

A record-breaking weekend (part one)

What could be more fun than a weekend of fellowship and great birding? Maybe setting a new record for total…
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Segway tours make debut in Waynesville
 

Segway tours make debut in Waynesville

The train was the first to arrive in Waynesville back in 1886; then, the rise of the automobile; but, this…
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Advocates want to save little-known old growth pockets
 

Advocates want to save little-known old growth pockets

Hidden among the expanse of forestland in Western North Carolina are little-known pockets of trees that are several centuries old.…
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Water cents
 

Water cents

What falls freely from the sky, rumbles, swooshes, rolls, trickles across the planet; seeps into the earth beneath our feet…
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EcoFest to put ‘green’ living at your finger tips
 

EcoFest to put ‘green’ living at your finger tips

Haywood County is about to experience its newest festival: EcoFest, an ode to sustainability, agriculture and the environment. This year…
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Homecoming
 

Homecoming

The blue-headed vireo sang to me of spring sometime around the first week of April. Blue-headeds are generally the last…
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Honeybee disappearance baffles experts
 

Honeybee disappearance baffles experts

Beekeepers in Western North Carolina were hit especially hard this winter by a mysterious rash of bee disappearances.  Amateur Haywood…
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Earth Day rant
 

Earth Day rant

Earth Day 2013 is Monday, April 22. The first official “Earth Day” occurred in 1970 and environmentalists celebrated. Environmental lawyer…
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Sharpening their skills: HCC lands spot on the national lumberjack scene
 

Sharpening their skills: HCC lands spot on the national lumberjack scene

Dana Dowdy raised a razor-sharp axe above her head, let it hover a moment and then slammed into her competition…
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Love was in the air
 

Love was in the air

Love may be a little anthropogenic for toads, but the eons old “urge to merge” was quite prevalent last Sunday…
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Help wanted: Engaged citizens with environmental ethos
 

Help wanted: Engaged citizens with environmental ethos

Do you consider yourself an environmentalist or an environmental activist? Do you feel frustrated with the way issues dear to…
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Coming soon to a flyway near you
 

Coming soon to a flyway near you

This recent bumpy weather across the Eastern U.S. has resulted in some flight delays and changed itineraries for a bunch…
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Jackson towns tout new ‘trout city’ status
 

Jackson towns tout new ‘trout city’ status

More than a third of the tourists who come knocking at the Jackson County visitor center these days have trout…
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Green Oscars V
 

Green Oscars V

Wild South held its fifth annual Green Gala celebrating the 2012 Roosevelt-Ashe Society’s Conservation Award winners last Friday, March 22.…
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Changing recreational habits challenge forest service
 

Changing recreational habits challenge forest service

The painstaking process of outlining a clear mission for the U.S. Forest Service and how it will manage its expansive…
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I have seen the light
 

I have seen the light

I have seen the light, and I don’t like it. I have seen the light emanating from strip malls; from…
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Paddling springs eternal
 

Paddling springs eternal

Whitewater fanatics wait in line for their chance to do tricks, flips, spins and somersaults with their play boats on…
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Lorca, Neruda and the beautiful game
 

Lorca, Neruda and the beautiful game

By Ted Olson • Contributing writer New Native Press, a small independent book publisher based in Tuckasegee in Jackson County, recently…
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And now for something completely different
 

And now for something completely different

So what’s in the news nowadays? Any bad news for the environment? Let’s see. Wednesday, February 13, 2013, in the…
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Mountain anglers gain toehold in national fly fishing scene
 

Mountain anglers gain toehold in national fly fishing scene

Like New York is known for its basketball legends, and Texas is known for its football stars, Western North Carolina…
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Louisiana lagniappe
 

Louisiana lagniappe

I know, I know, we’ve been in Louisiana for two weeks now, but when I look back at some of…
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Prepping for the AT 2,184 miles to be ‘in the moment’
 

Prepping for the AT 2,184 miles to be ‘in the moment’

During the next several weeks, thousands of people will leave from Springer Mountain in Georgia and begin the 2,184-mile trek…
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Loosiana part deaux
 

Loosiana part deaux

What better place to start part deaux than Breaux Bridge along Bayou Teche? Firmin Breaux originally purchased the area that…
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“Operation Something Bruin:” Dozens of rogue hunters busted in illegal mountain poaching ring
 

“Operation Something Bruin:” Dozens of rogue hunters busted in illegal mountain poaching ring

Last week, state and federal wildlife officers began rounding up dozens of suspected poachers in Western North Carolina, bringing to…
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GBBC at BBLNWR
 

GBBC at BBLNWR

Translation — Great Backyard Bird Count at Black Bayou Lake National Wildlife Refuge; the tradition continues. Since a spur-of-the-moment GBBC…
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Float, boat or fish the Tuck
 

Float, boat or fish the Tuck

This spring, rolling down the Tuckasegee River will be, for the most part, as it has been in years past…
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Great count in your backyard
 

Great count in your backyard

Of course, you’re no longer confined to your backyard like you were back in 1997 when the Great Backyard Bird…
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Trail triage? Tough choices ahead as forest service weighs 1,600 miles in trail plan
 

Trail triage? Tough choices ahead as forest service weighs 1,600 miles in trail plan

For the past year, the National Forest Service has been taking inventory, collecting public input and meeting with outdoor interest…
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The Rainbow to Nowhere?
 

The Rainbow to Nowhere?

What happens when you finally get to the end of the rainbow and there’s no gold in the pot? Perusing…
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Dark skies — and the stars  that go with them — slowly disappearing
 

Dark skies — and the stars that go with them — slowly disappearing

Although the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is a protected expanse of land, all types of contamination — from air…
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Arrrggghh – a wintry mix
 

Arrrggghh – a wintry mix

Limeade, tequila and cointreau is not a wintry mix — that is a margarita; something you may resort to when…
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150 and counting: WCU grad student research helps get a handle on impacts of mounting numbers of elk
 

150 and counting: WCU grad student research helps get a handle on impacts of mounting numbers of elk

By Jill Ingram • Guest writer, WCU public affairs office Covering long distances in and around Cataloochee Valley, a Western…
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I feel the earth move…
 

I feel the earth move…

It may not have shaken the Richter scale like the stampede of Republican lawmakers and their realtor and developer lobbyists…
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Weather or not: Local Yokel Weather fine tunes forecasts for your neck of the woods
 

Weather or not: Local Yokel Weather fine tunes forecasts for your neck of the woods

Have you ever been told by the evening news to expect three inches of snow overnight, but after stocking up…
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