Category Archives: Environmental News

Much Warmer After Our “Blackberry Winter”

We have had what the locals like to call “Blackberry Winter,” with a couple days featuring freeze warnings. At least where we are, it didn’t really drop down to the freeze, but it came pretty close, and the winds were … Continue reading

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A Hell of a Thunderstorm

We just had a hell of a thunderstorm. I don’t think I’ve seen on like it here for 30 years. As usual, most of it rolled north of us, probably pounding Ducktown and Coker Creek. But I’m pretty sure one … Continue reading

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Replay of Dr. Miller’s Webinar On Coronavirus (Medical Director of Our Hospital)

The Fannin County Development Authority and the Downtown Business Association jointly hosted a Zoom webinar by Dr. Dillon Miller, the Medical Director of the Fannin Regional Hospital. I found it very interesting and informative. I think I’ve kept up with … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring: A Roundup

The young sarvis is coming while the old trees are fading. The dogwoods have started with that greenish bloom. It will be at least a week for them, probably not more, unless I miss my guess. The pollen hangs heavy … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring – The Redbuds

Well, it’s truly the end times. The 78th Monaco Grand Prix has been cancelled. Not postponed, cancelled. I guess it’s still safe to glory in nature. Today, it was beautifully sunny, although the clouds seem to be moving in again … Continue reading

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The Tree Frogs Are Going Crazy

It’s been about 60 today, with no rain. I don’t hear the pond peepers anymore, but the tree frogs are going crazy. I haven’t heard this yet, but I bet I will, just around sunset – the males trilling, in … Continue reading

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Nature Conservancy Action Alert on Land and Water Conservation Fund; Backcountry Hunters & Anglers Agree

This is a great program that’s enjoyed a lot of bipartisan support. It costs the taxpayers nothing. But Congress has so far refused to fund it permanently, and most of the money collected by the fund remains unspent, or diverted … Continue reading

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Ecological Grief, Australian Brushfires, Brazil's Largest Reserve, Policy and the Climate, Giant Sequoias Begin to Die, Trying to Sue Over Climate Change

Some of the best ecological news these days is in the Guardian. The Guardian does not have a pay wall, but does ask you to contribute. Giant sequoias are dying. https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/jan/18/this-is-not-how-sequoias-die-its-supposed-to-stand-for-another-500-years-aoe Article from the Guardian on how scientists are coping … Continue reading

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Up and Down Leaf Report

Despite the cool temperatures – it was 26 this morning – fall still seems to be late. There’s a lot of color in the woods, and some of the oaks haven’t turned at all. On a cloudy day, there doesn’t … Continue reading

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Rain, Blessed Rain

Our rainfall total for October was 6.79 as of yesterday at Merciers weather station. That puts us at 59.61 total for the year, in sight of the annual average, which I think is still at about 70 inches. It’s a … Continue reading

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