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Nature

DO YOU KNOW YOUR SOIL BY NAME?

SOURCE:  Lee Reich for the Associated Press/Asheville Citizen Times Here are excerpts from an interesting article found in our local paper….of interest to gardeners, gardener-wannabes, geologists and nature lovers. “Soil don’t get no respect”, Rodney Dangerfield might have said (but didn’t).  Perhaps you know  your state bird or flower, but do you know your state…

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SOME VINES WILL STAY GREEN ALL WINTER LONG…

EXCERPTED FROM “NATURE JOURNAL”  by George Ellison/Asheville Citizen Times “Even in winter, vines are fascinating – especially those that retain their leaves through a long, hard winter of the kind we’re experiencing this year.  Instead of the showy flowering structures that appear in summer, in winter we can shift our attention to the less showing…

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COLD CLIMB – ICE CLIMBING IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/USAToday/Asheville Citizen-Times “OLD FORT, NC…The solid chunks of waterfalls are now starting to drip and flow again as WNC comes out of its recent icy death grip.  But for ice climbers, the past few weeks have been the cream of the ice, one in which records were set. On New Years’ Day a…

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NATURAL HISTORY OF THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS

Excerpted from an article by local naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times, George Ellison….USA TODAY NETWORK. Our favorite local naturalist/author, George Ellison, used to teach Elderhostel courses, and his niche was Natural History of the Southern Appalachians.  He devised an introductory presentation titled “Where Are We?” for his students, and wrote a recent column…

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AS LEAVES DROP, BIRD WATCHING IMPROVES

Excerpted from an article by George Ellison for the Asheville Citizen-Times/USA Today Network “From now until the first ice storm in mid-January is a period that’s invigorating without being bitterly cold or slushy.  It’s always been a good time to get outdoors for some birding – or just watch them through the kitchen windows as…

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WINTER WEATHER IN WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA

Excerpted from a study initiated by the State Climate Office of North Carolina When people drop in at our office here in Cedar Mountain, outside of Brevard, NC, they often ask….”what is the winter weather like in this area?”  Anecdotal information aside (that we generally have mild winters these days), there is always someone who…

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WINTER-BLOOMING PLANTS HELP BEES SURVIVE THE SEASON

Excerpted and adapted from an article by Dean Fosdick for Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times “Winter and early spring are lean times for honeybees as they emerge from their hives, where food supplies are dwindling, to forage.  Adding clusters of winter-blooming plants around the yard will give them much needed  nourishment. Bees take in carbohydrates from floral…

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PROGRAM TO FOCUS ON COUNTY GEOLOGY

Excerpted from an article in The Transylvania Times –  July 27, 2017 “The August “Discover Natural Transylvania” program at the Transylvania County Library will explore the billion-year-old geologic  history of Transylvania County.  Geologist Rick Wooten’s presentation, “The Geology of Transylvania County and Vicinity:  Mountains, Faults, Waterfalls, Landslides and More.” will highlight mountain geology within the…

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RIVERS ELIGIBLE TO BE “WILD, SCENIC.” ?

Excerpted from an article by Park Baker, Staff Writer for The Transylvania Times “Many local residents will remember the push to save the Horsepasture River from a proposed hydroelectric facility that began in 1984.  The river flows into Transylvania County as it heads towards Lake Jocassee, dropping 1,700 feet over a stretch of four miles. …

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NC TROUT FISHING NETS HUGE HAUL

Source:  Karen Chavez for the Asheville Citizen-Times “This is no big fish tale!  Rather it’s the reality that trout fishing creates big business for Western North Carolina. A study released recently, conducted by Responsive Management and Southwick Associates for the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, found that in 2014 nearly 149,000 trout anglers fished approximately 1.6…

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