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CATAWBA RHODODENDRONS ARE GETTING READY TO BLOOM

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez, Columnist for the Asheville Citizen-Times “It’s almost Catawba rhododendron time in Western North Carolina…..I’m sorry to play favorites with flowers, but these have to be the best.  Not only are they my favorite purple-lilac color, you don’t have to hike with your nose to the ground to scout…

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THE ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK IS A FEISTY BIRD…

Source:  George Ellison for the Asheville Citizen-Times Excerpted from a recent article by our favorite Bryson City-based local naturalist and philosopher, George Ellison. <<< “Here a rose-breasted grosbeak.  At first I thought it a tanager, but soon I perceived it more clear and instrumental…It is not at all shy, and our richest singer…the strain perfectly…

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PANTHERTOWN GROWS WITH A LOT OF HELP FROM ITS FRIENDS

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez, Columnist for Asheville Citizen-Times “…It’s amazing what a little help from your friends can accomplish.  Case in point – the rugged, forested, exceptionally pretty area of Panthertown (near Cashiers, NC) found a lot of friends from all kinds of places who helped to buy a little chunk of land that will make…

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THE CRADLE WILL ROCK

Excerpted from an article by Robert Beanblossom for the Asheville Citizen-Times. “FORESTRY SITE IN PISGAH NATIONAL FOREST IS STEEPED IN WNC HISTORY… …Nestled in a mountainous valley know as the Pink Beds (for its dense rhododendron growth) is the Cradle of Forestry in America, a national historic site.  This  spot in the heart of the…

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MAGAZINE: BREVARD IN TOP 8 OUTDOORSY RETIREMENT CHOICES!

Excerpted from an article by Special to the Asheville Citizen-Times “Brevard, North Carolina, has been selected a top retirement destination by Where To Retire, a magazine geared toward helping people with retirement relocation decisions.  Brevard is profiled in a feature titled “8 Invigorating Outdoorsy Towns” in the May/June 2017 issue, available nationwide April 11. Where…

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MORE TOTAL SOLAR ECLIPSE EVENTS PLANNED FOR WNC!

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen-Times. “It’s still five months away, but August 21 has Western North Carolina buzzing, and busy making plans. This is the date of the once-in-a-lifetime total solar eclipse, a rare astronomical event in which the Earth, moon and sun line up so that the moon completely…

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THE US GEOLOGICAL SURVEY HAILS AN EARLY SPRING…

…AND TIES IT TO CLIMATE CHANGE. Excerpted from an article for The Washington Post/Energy and Environment by Chelsea Harvey – Feb. 24, 2017 “As the nation basks in some of the warmest February weather it has seen in decades, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has been quick to point out that the early spring conditions…

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PREVENTING BIRD STRIKES ON YOUR WINDOWS

Excerpted and adapted from an article by Connie Adair for realtytimes.com In the winter in Connestee Falls, homeowners who have big windows that bring light, views and the outdoors into their homes also experience the sad event  when birds are attracted to and strike their windows.  Every year, millions of birds die when they fly…

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WINTER IN NC IS THE SEASON OF LIGHT

George Ellison, our favorite NC mountain naturalist and columnist for the Asheville Citizen Times, this season compiled lines from previous columns that in one way or another celebrate Winter:  Season of Light. “After summer’s haze and the soft tones of autumn, we’re confronted not with the gloom we tend to anticipate but with a clarity…

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CASTING CAROLINAS HOSTS “TIE ONE ON” TOURNAMENT

Excerpted from an article by Karen Chavez for Asheville Citizen/Times – “Some of the best fly fishers in the country will compete November 6 in the “Tie One On for Casting Carolinas” Davidson River Team Challenge, presented by Mission Health to benefit the 501(c)3 Casting Carolinas. The non-profit was founded in 2015 to combine fly…

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