Beach bump
Aug16

Beach bump

Friends and followers of “The Naturalist’s Corner” know I’m keeping a year-list of birds I see/hear this year. As I wrote in an earlier column, “I was just curious about how many different species of birds I normally run into throughout the year.” And I have a great core of birding activities that provide a good nucleus for a list including Christmas Bird Count, George Ellison’s Great Smoky Mountains Birding Expedition, my annual...

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MOU – MIA
Jul19

MOU – MIA

Issues surrounding the management of the country’s national forests have always been thorny. It’s easy to see why – there are numerous user groups that, on the face, often appear to be at odds regarding how national forests should be managed. The USDA Forest Service is charged with the stewardship of these national forests and it is, by and large, a thankless task. The Nantahala and Pisgah National Forests are currently studying...

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Escargot – no
Jul07

Escargot – no

There was much concern regarding the noonday globe snail, Petera clarkia nantahala, after the Tellico Fire burned through the Nantahala Gorge last fall. The noonday globe is a federally endangered species known only from a small region of calcareous cliffs in the Nantahala Gorge in Swain County. The noonday globe’s shell is about 3/4 inch wide and 1/2 inch high. The shell is shiny and reddish in color and generally contains 5 and 1/2...

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That’s a wrap
Jun25

That’s a wrap

Another spring – another season of bird points in the can. Each spring brings its own unique set of adventures, dilemmas and logistical challenges. This season was tinged with poignancy, as it was the first season without long-time (long-time as in, since 2004 when this enterprise began) associate and dear friend Bob Olthoff. It took Bob and me a number of seasons to finally come up with a somewhat stable annual routine. In the...

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Flagged
Jun09

Flagged

I was in Morganton over the Memorial Day Holiday chasing birdies in the Grandfather District of the Pisgah National Forest per my annual Forest Service point count contract. I was headed to my motel room after coming out of the woods when I began to notice trees showing dead leaves at the ends of the branches. The first two I noticed were hickories and I began to wonder if there was maybe some kind of insect pest that targeted...

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