Category Archives: Environmental News

Dogwood Report

We’ve been having a little bit of what the locals call “dogwood winter,” on and off. We have a freeze warning tonight, and we had one a few days ago. In between, it’s been very mild, although there has been … Continue reading

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Good Overview of Georgia Trout Fishing, Trout Fest April 28

The current issue of Georgia Outdoor News has a good overview of trout fishing in Georgia, with due attention to mountain streams and lakes. The author, Bob Borgwat, knows what he’s talking about. This is the April issue, which you … Continue reading

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Sarvis & Dogwood Report

I’d say that the sarvis is fully in bloom, countywide. It seems to have been a good year for them, especially for the bigger trees. I’d still have to say that there are a lot fewer of them than there … Continue reading

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Signs of Spring: First Mourning Cloak

I forgot to mention that I saw the first Mourning Cloak Thursday afternoon (3/29). I saw the first Tiger Swallowtails yesterday (3/31). It strikes me that there’s usually a longer interval between the two, the Mourning Cloaks being early to … Continue reading

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First Mourning Cloak, Tiger Swallowtail

I completely forgot to mention that we saw the first Mourning Cloak Thursday (3/29) and the first Tiger Swallowtail today (3/31/18). About four other butterflies that I couldn’t catch up with to identify.

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A Note on the Progress of Spring: Sarvis Coming, Pine Pollen Too; Turkey Season is In

I’ve seen the first sarvis in bloom on the south side of Pittman Mountain, about 1,800 feet. It’s going to have to hurry if it’s going to help the old gals decorate the altar for Easter. People always ask me … Continue reading

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Colder, But Beautiful; Blue Ridge Station Under Development; Waterfall Driving Tour

It’s bounced back cold. We had about 30 on the porch this morning. It didn’t seem as cold as yesterday, because yesterday we had a very strong wind, which dried things out considerably, at least up on top. The full … Continue reading

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First Sign of Spring – the Tree Frogs

With the mild evenings and rain, I’ve been thinking it’s about time for the tree frogs, and we heard them for the first time last night. That’s the first real sign of spring in my book. Looking back, the corresponding … Continue reading

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Winter Not Letting Go, More Ecological Reading, Downtown Parking

Winter is definitely not letting go quite yet, even though it has been a long and cold one by our standards. It was 28 this morning, and spitting a little grapply sleet as I left for the office. On the … Continue reading

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It’s the First Day of Spring, According to the Birds

Longtime readers know I like to cover the signs of spring. The birds were unusually active today, after last night’s cold rain. It’s about 40 on the porch at 3:00 but the birds have been active all day. I’ve maybe … Continue reading

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