May 5, 2012

How do we know our friends? We recognize them by their height, their general shape, their dress, and whether they are slim or muscular.
So, too, can we identify the trees and shrubs along the Greenway.
 
Tall slender trees with willowy limbs are known immediately as a ...

January 20, 2010

Have you noticed little patches of green or grey-green leaves hugging the ground on you Greenway walks? These aren't early spring shoots, but plants that put up space-holder leaves to save themselves a spot 'til spring. The fight for survival is strong among perennials...

November 25, 2009

Now that most of the tree leaves are gone we can look for the interesting pods, nuts, balls and berries dangling from the limbs.

Buckeye, walnut and hickory trees have round hard nuts. The buckeye nut is a solid structure, oddly rounded, with small bumps on its surface....

November 19, 2009

Our program on the use of native plants and animals by native Americans was fun and informative. Darry Wood of Hayesville area had much to tell and show participants on Wednesday the 4 th . Time went all too fast with items left in his homemade baskets whose uses we mi...

September 4, 2009

We learned so many cool things about bats during the evening program two weeks ago, we thought we'd share some of it with you.

 Norma Lewis and Vicky Smith brought three species of bats to show us. In a rather large cage were two female Egyptian fruit bats named Cleo an...

July 10, 2009

“Leaves of three, leave it be” an old saying that is supposed to help us avoid Poison Ivy. However, what is just as important is to recognize the many other plants that also have the three leaflet configuration.

 In most of Western North Carolina, as well as along the G...

April 23, 2009

 Now that the water shortage has abated somewhat, we will begin running the Water Feature at Big Bear Park longer hours: from 10 am to 7 pm each day. There is a timeout and the sprays will stop if no one is on the water court for a time. The sprays may be restarted by...

February 12, 2009

A surprising number of things have been uncovered in the Little Tennessee River since Duke Power began the let-down. Tires, old shoes, car parts, lots of bottles, a motorcycle and even a truck, earlier reported stolen, but apparently just pushed into the river from whe...

January 23, 2009

A surprising number of things have been uncovered in the Little Tennessee River since Duke Power began the let-down. Tires, old shoes, car parts, lots of bottles, a motorcycle and even a truck, earlier reported stolen, but apparently just pushed into the river from whe...

December 5, 2008

It's such a beautiful sight to see the lovely bluebirds in the stark winter landscape. They are one of our year-round residents, sometimes moving slightly south of their favorite nesting areas, and bunching together in old nest boxes for warmth and protection. Their si...

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