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BLUE RIDGE PARKWAY OPENS MANY FACILITIES FOR BUSY WEEKEND

Source:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen-Times/US Today Network Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening of the tourist floodgates on the Blue Ridge Parkway, when the entire 469-mile roadway and all facilities are open for camping, picnicking, hiking and sightseeing.  But the recent downpours, and more rain forecast for the weekend, have delayed some openings and should…

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BROAD-WINGED HAWKS IN OUR NEIGHBORHOOD…

…THE SOARING BEAUTY OF WNC HAWKS… ¨These are the keen-eyed wind masters, able to tease lift from temperature-troubled air and soar for long periods on set wings.  They are the clipper ships of the skies.¨ — Pete Dunn, et al. – ¨Hawks in Flight¨ 1988) ¨The commonly observed soaring hawks of the Smokies (and Blue…

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MEET THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL´S FIRST FEMALE PRESIDENT!

SOURCE:  Natalie Stickel for the Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine ¨The Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC)´s new first-female president and CEO, Suzanne Dixon, is intimately familiar with advocating for open spaces.  Growing up in Ireland, she spent time as a youngster in its national parks.  After moving to the US, the first park she visited was Shenandoah. …

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STOP & LISTEN TO THE BEAUTIFUL SOUNDS OF NATURE

SOURCE:  Nature Journal – George Ellison – Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Through the years, I have admonished readers to slow down and take a closer look. ¨ This time around, I would suggest that you ¨Close your eyes and listen!¨  That´s right – just  listen. The wind sighs as it passes through the leaf canopy overhead.  Rain…

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THE BEST SHRUB TO GROW HERE IN WNC

Source:  Nature Journal by George Ellison/Asheville Citizen-Times ¨I´m sometimes asked to recommend easily grown yet attractive native plants suitable for use in an ornamental setting.  In that regard, I´m locked and loaded.  For a fern, it´s cinnamon (Osmunda cinnamonmea); for a small tree, it´s sweet pepperbush (Clethra acuminata); and for a shrub, it´s highland doghobble…

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PLEASE!! – ENJOY OUR BEAUTIFUL WATERFALLS SAFELY!

SOURCE:  YOUR TURN – Jonas Karlson, Guest Columnist/Asheville Citizen-Times ¨Few things in the natural world awe and inspire as much as waterfalls.  Western North Carolina is fortunate to have more than 250 waterfalls (actually, Transylvania County alone has close to that number), with hundreds of thousands of people visiting their splendor every year. Unfortunately waterfalls…

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TAKE A HIKE – NEW GUIDEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS WNC WILDFLOWER HIKES

SOURCE:  Karen Chavez/Asheville Citizen Times ¨Spring might be coming up in fits and starts across WNC, but now that the sun, rain and warmth have collided, it´s the perfect recipe for wildflower time.  Some of the blooms are so showy and famous, like the fluffy pinkish-purple Catawba Rhododendron, that peak in the high elevations around…

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HOUSEPLANTS FOR THE HORTICULTURALLY IMPAIRED

SOURCE:  Lee Reich/Associated Press/Asheville Citizen-Times Here are some excerpts from an interesting recent article in our local Asheville paper – of interest to those who, perhaps, can kill a houseplant by just looking at it! “Hints of inpending spring weather might stir a desire to grow plants, even in people not usually drawn in that…

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DuPont WILDFLOWERS & WATERFALLS INSPIRE A BOOK

SOURCE:  Excerpted from an article by Matt McGregor for Transylvania Times We clipped this article as something of local interest, and then filed it for some reason.  The news is a year old, appearing in our local paper on July 20, 2017 — but it will still be of interested to nature lovers in our…

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WHICH BIRDS WILL SING SPRING SONGS IN WNC?

Source:  George Ellison/Nature Journal/Asheville Citizen – Times ¨The birding season has just about arrived…yards  will soon be filled with calls and songs.  Some of the singers, like song sparrows, Carolina chickadees, tufted titmice, cardinals, towhees and Carolina wrens – are permanent residents of WNC that will breed right here.  Others – like the white-throated sparrows…

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