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Seasons

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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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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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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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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