Puc Puggy’s digs
Apr14

Puc Puggy’s digs

One of Western North Carolina’s most celebrated visitors acquired his love of – and curiosity about – nature at his father’s side along the Schuylkill River just outside of Philadelphia in the late 1700s. William Bartram was born in 1739 (along with twin sister Elizabeth,) one of nine children to naturalist John Bartram and his wife Ann. John Bartram was a self-taught botanist whom Carl Linnaeus called the greatest natural...

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Spring has sprung
Mar29

Spring has sprung

It doesn’t take a calendar to know spring is here. Spring is surely in the air but it’s also in the trees; it’s clawing through the dirt; it’s singing from vernal pools, streams and lakes; it’s even in the heavens. Orion is chasing Taurus out of sight as we turn away from the bright stars of the winter nights. Ursa Major (big dipper) and Ursa Minor (little dipper) will become prominent features and can serve as pointers for finding...

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Fingers still crossed
Mar15

Fingers still crossed

Status of the Lake Junaluska eagles remains a mystery but I still have my fingers crossed for a successful nesting venture. There was some disturbance near the nest a week or so ago – tree trimming on adjacent property – and for a day or two it seemed the eagles were MIA. But they have been seen recently, foraging on the lake and perched at the nest. In fact, I received a Facebook message from one of the eagles’ Lake Junaluska...

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The eagles have landed
Feb13

The eagles have landed

The eagles’ neighbors have known for months – observant birders and other Lake Junaluska regulars have either known or suspected – I have sat on the news for a while as I consulted with North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission (NCWRC) and U.S. Fish & Wildlife but those two beautiful, large brown raptors with the white heads and tails that have been patrolling the lake regularly for the past few months are, indeed, Lake...

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Christmas vacation – part deux
Feb04

Christmas vacation – part deux

The day after our water dance with manatees in Crystal River we headed across Florida to Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge. There we checked into our hotel, had a bite and napped getting ready for a night time kayak excursion in Indian River Lagoon looking for comb jellies. Comb jellies are amazing aquatic creatures more than 500 million years old. They are called jellies because of their physical resemblance to jellyfish. They...

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