Hope is a thing with wheels
Sep28

Hope is a thing with wheels

Avid birder and burgeoning cyclist Lena Gallitano has come up with an ambitious plan to combine two of her passions. Gallitano will take part in Cycle North Carolina’s annual fall ride. This year’s trek will be a modest 500-mile affair from Elkin, nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Outer Bank’s Corolla. Now I don’t know if it was a lack of oxygen to the brain from all that pedaling or an endorphin induced...

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A heartfelt thanks to the Stanbacks
Dec14

A heartfelt thanks to the Stanbacks

I received an email last week from Ida Phillips, communications director for Audubon North Carolina, announcing that Lea Island, a barrier island in Pender County was close to being permanently protected: “One of the last undeveloped barrier islands in North Carolina is one step closer to permanent protection. Thanks to a generous donation from Fred and Alice Stanback, Audubon North Carolina has purchased a 35.7-acre tract on Lea...

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Bird Lag
Aug15

Bird Lag

Last weekend (5/21-5/23) was a blur of birds, bears and blooms – a combination of work, friends, fellowship and family that left me beat and begging for more. I started out in the thick damp predawn hours Friday morning. I headed to Harmons Den where I have bird points to survey for the Forest Service. Morning came grey and muggy from the heavy black night. The clouds were close and rain was imminent. My first stop was at the edge of...

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