Tom Striker

We got the sad news today that Tom Striker had died. He was a major force in the birding community here. As many know, he owned Blue Ridge Bird Seed in downtown Blue Ridge. He and his wife Sonja worked … Continue reading

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Crab Apples, Some Dogwood, Yellow-billed Cuckoo

Our crabapples are in bloom, and some dogwoods are there, or almost there. We had a little rain today, maybe a little less than a quarter inch, and that should help matters. This is the time of year to look … Continue reading

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Dogwood Report

The dogwoods are in process of blooming, but I haven’t seen one in bloom yet. There may be a few this weekend, depending on the rain situation. But I expect next weekend, or even the one after that may be … Continue reading

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Creeks Are High, May Flood

We’ve had 2.6 inches since midnight, according to the weather station at Merciers. The creeks I can see from the porch are high but not flooding. I think they will, if we get anything like the forecast rain. If they … Continue reading

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More Signs Of Spring

The sarvis is having a very good year, as is the redbud. The dogwoods are starting with their green flowers, but will be another two or three weeks. We’ve seen the bat, and the first skink. Many Tiger Swallowtails, the … Continue reading

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Georgia Conservancy Legislative Update

https://mailchi.mp/gaconservancy/legislative-update-week-11?e=868724ca64

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Signs Of Spring – The Sarvis Blooms

The oldest of our four sarvis trees bloomed yesterday. It was a red letter day, because that tree was damaged years ago, and this time it bloomed in much more profusion than it ever has before. I also saw the … Continue reading

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Legislative Update From Georgia Conservancy

https://mailchi.mp/572418685e78/i3kp7a4rla-1201906?e=868724ca64

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Signs Of Spring – The Redbuds

The redbuds in our yard are starting to come, and the sarvis is just showing some white at the bud. In terms of butterflies, I’ve seen two hairslips. The grass is greening up, and those awful Bradford Pear trees have … Continue reading

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Fight Over The Skagit River And Its Dams Pits Tribe Against Utility Company

From the Guardian: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2021/mar/05/upper-skagit-tribe-gorge-dam-seattle

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