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  1. Bat garland for Bat Week

    Bat garland for Bat Week By Valerie Polk Halloween will be just a bit different at our house this year. Since we aren't going to our normal, crowded Trick or Treat spots, we're creating our own festive flair at home. My daughter, Emily, is nine now, and she loves this holiday. She also loves bats! So, when I found this cute and simple bat garland on Good Housekeeping's Read more...
  2. Bat Week Shines a Light on Smokies’ Endangered Bats

    Bat Week Shines a Light on Smokies’ Endangered Bats by Aaron Searcy  This year’s Bat Week (Oct. 24–31) comes at a time when bats in the Great Smoky Mountains are particularly busy. Hibernating species will continue to feed as much as possible in anticipation of the long winter ahead, and on cool fall evenings, bats may swarm in groups to find a mate or locate safe places to Read more...
  3. New Horace Kephart Collection Showcases Previously Unpublished Writings

    New Horace Kephart Collection Showcases Previously Unpublished Writings A new book released by University of Tennessee Press presents the most extensive collection of writings in print to date by early Great Smoky Mountains National Park advocate and author Horace Kephart. Edited by Mae Miller Claxton and George Frizzell of Western Carolina University, Horace Kephart: Writings provides a perfect companion to Great Read more...
  4. Image for the Asking: Liquid Gold

    Image for the Asking: Liquid Gold Story and image by Don McGowan  Perhaps the reason I am so attracted to the music of a flute is that the notes of this instrument remind me of tumbling water. And one of the primary reasons I am so intensely drawn to these old mountains of the blue mists is because of my love of water. Who knows, maybe there actually is some kernel of Read more...
  5. New Assassin Bugs Discovered to Exist in the Smokies

    New Assassin Bugs Discovered to Exist in the Smokies By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Since 1998, nearly 11,000 species have been added to the park’s diversity checklist—and behind each discovery is a unique story. Will Kuhn made one such discovery earlier this year in his office at Discover Life in America (DLiA), which manages the All Taxa Biodiversity Inventory (ATBI Read more...
  6. Sorghum Inspired Recipes from Smokies Area Chefs

    Sorghum Inspired Recipes from Smokies Area Chefs Chefs from Blackberry Farm (Walland, TN) and Knox Mason (Knoxville, TN) generously shared sorghum-inspired recipes from their own collection. Click the recipe cards to download.           Read more...
  7. Share Your Photos for Science! DLiA to Host Talk on Community Science SnapIt & MapIt Project

    Share Your Photos for Science! DLiA to Host Talk on Community Science SnapIt & MapIt Project Photo by Valerie Polk Did you know you could be using your phone to help study the exceptional biodiversity in Great Smoky Mountains National Park? Join Discover Life in America (DLiA) Science and Research Director Will Kuhn on Friday, October 16, from 1 to 3 p.m. for a crash course on Species SnapIt & MapIt—a unique community Read more...
  8. Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies

    Sorghum Season Comes to the Smokies For many families living in and around the Smokies before the creation of the national park, fall was the season for harvesting and processing sorghum syrup—a sweet treat that shines particularly when combined with butter on hot biscuits and pancakes or mixed in porridge and grits.  Today, the smell of simmering syrup still summons Read more...
  9. Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball

    Come one, come all to the Salamander Ball By Steve Kemp Longtime park partner Discover Life in America (DLIA) has announced its first-ever Salamander Ball on Wheels! This fun, family-friendly event will take place at the Parkway Drive-in Theater in Maryville, TN, on Thursday, October 15, 2020. Activities will include live music by guitarist Bill Mize, videos highlighting DLIA’s Read more...
  10. Wait, Don’t Kill It! Spiders Protect Us from Disease

    Wait, Don’t Kill It! Spiders Protect Us from Disease By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  This time of year, some varieties of spiders may seek shelter from the cooler temperatures by coming into your house. If you find one, consider this before you take action: Most spiders are harmless, they provide essential services for humans, and they are actually critical for the balance of Read more...

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