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  1. Why euthanize bears that have fed on human remains? Biologist: Bears may repeat behavior

    Why euthanize bears that have fed on human remains? Biologist: Bears may repeat behavior This article is being shared with the permission of Karen Chávez and Asheville Citizen Times. It can be read in its entirety by clicking the link below. By Karen Chávez, Asheville Citizen Times What's in a black bear's belly? It could range from bees to household trash to blueberries. And even the remains of humans, according Read more...
  2. Ancient Grassy Balds: A Great Place to be During a Pandemic

    Ancient Grassy Balds: A Great Place to be During a Pandemic By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  Mysterious and haunting, Southern Appalachian grassy balds have long fascinated scientists and hikers alike. How many balds are there in the Smokies? How did they evolve? How do they support rare plants? Can balds be found in other parts of the world?  Great Smoky Mountains National Park Read more...
  3. Image for the Asking: Waking Up the Cove

    Image for the Asking: Waking Up the Cove Story and image by Don McGowan The great open valleys of the Smokies—Cataloochee in North Carolina; Big Cove in Qualla Boundary; and Cosby, Tuckaleechee, and Cades Cove in Tennessee—are self-contained microcosms of the diverse human history of this wonderful land. Ongoing research and discovery is continuously adding to our Read more...
  4. 2020: A Great Year for Waterfalls and Mushrooms

    2020: A Great Year for Waterfalls and Mushrooms By Steve Kemp Based on the heavy flow of waterfalls and the plethora of mushrooms on trails, you might guess this has been a rainy year in the Great Smoky Mountains. You are correct! According to Jim Renfro, the park’s air quality specialist and de facto meteorologist, 2020 has been the wettest year on record thus far at Newfound Gap and Read more...
  5. Permanent Camp: Grass-of-Parnassus

    Permanent Camp: Grass-of-Parnassus by George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  “From a distance the white flowers are attractive but not extraordinary; when observed closely, though, the delicate tracery of the green veins on the waxy white petals is astonishing.” ~Alan S. Weakley, “Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States& Read more...
  6. Sail into 2021 with the Butterflies and Moths of the Smokies

    Sail into 2021 with the Butterflies and Moths of the Smokies Each and every year, the Great Smoky Mountains are home to an intricately orchestrated show that has been going on since calendars were invented—wildflowers bloom in spring, leaves fall in autumn, and the Smokies’ many unique butterflies and moths come from near and far on their patterned wings to float amongst it all right on cue.  Read more...
  7. A Long Day’s Walk to Hear President Roosevelt

    A Long Day’s Walk to Hear President Roosevelt by Jim Casada  Among the many intriguing characters I was privileged to know as a boy growing up in Swain County was a local old-timer, George Monteith, who had grown up on lower Forney Creek in an area that eventually became part of the park with the flooding of Fontana Lake. In my mind’s eye I still see him, invariably clad in clean Read more...
  8. Permanent Camp: Skunk Goldenrod

    Permanent Camp: Skunk Goldenrod By George Ellison with illustration by Elizabeth Ellison  Have you ever been enjoying a walk along a mountain trail when you suddenly encountered a musky unpleasant smell? I've learned to consider five likely sources: bear scat, wild boar, carrion vine, galax, or goldenrod. Goldenrod? Yes, if you’re walking in the higher elevations Read more...
  9. Illuminating the Magic and Mystery: An Interview with Radim Schreiber, Firefly Photographer

    Illuminating the Magic and Mystery: An Interview with Radim Schreiber, Firefly Photographer   By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  One of our favorite products that we sell in our GSMA bookstores is Radim Schreiber’s book, Firefly Experience. The coffee-table book has a glowing cover and contains scores of amazing photographs of lighting bugs both in the Smokies and throughout the country. For our latest Read more...
  10. Ellison and McCue: Kephart Brought Them Together

    Ellison and McCue: Kephart Brought Them Together By Frances Figart, Creative Director  In 2019, George Ellison and Janet McCue won the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award for their Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography (2019, Great Smoky Mountains Association). They will be interviewed on a Lit Café Zoom meeting hosted by the Western North Carolina Historical Association on Read more...

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