Tag: Birds

  1. It’s Time to Try Birding Beyond the Backyard

    It’s Time to Try Birding Beyond the Backyard  by Aaron Searcy, Publications Associate If you found yourself paying closer attention to the natural world around you this past year, you’re not alone. Months of lockdowns, layoffs, and isolation have translated into soaring popularity for simpler outdoor pastimes, including a unique growing community of “bird nerds.&rdquo Read more...
  2. Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye 

    Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye  Story and artwork by Gaynell Lawson  With a fascination and enjoyment of birds, how do I go from studying a bird to painting a fanciful image of the bird? For that matter, why paint a fanciful bird instead of a true likeness? Carolina Wren by Gaynell Lawson As I determine the bird’s habits and attributes, an Read more...
  3. Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye

    Looking at Birds Through an Artist’s Eye Story and artwork by Gaynell Lawson Heron in Search of Fish by Gaynell Lawson Birds fascinate me. They always have. I enjoy watching them wherever I’m fortunate enough to spot them—in our streams, in the Great Smoky Mountains, or even in my own backyard. I’ve found that if I provide the right feeder, Read more...
  4. Park birds may have benefited from Clean Air Act

    Park birds may have benefited from Clean Air Act By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Warblers like this Black-throated Green Warbler are at the highest risk of illness and death from ground-level ozone, which not only harms avian respiratory systems but also damages vegetation that they depend on for food and shelter. Photo courtesy of Warren Lynn. It is likely Read more...
  5. The Conservation Success Story of the Iconic Wild Turkey

     The Conservation Success Story of the Iconic Wild Turkey By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director Back when European settlers first came to Southern Appalachia, wild turkeys were plentiful. By the early 1900s, however, only a few were left, a decline that continued into the mid-century.   “Wild turkeys were nearly extirpated because of habitat loss and overharvest,” says Read more...
  6. Wild Turkeys: An Intelligent, Community-Minded Species

    Wild Turkeys: An Intelligent, Community-Minded Species By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director  When I moved to Asheville in 2013, I got a job at The Compleat Naturalist in Biltmore Village. One day a man came into the store and we got to talking about wildlife. I told him I had recently enjoyed a short film called “My Life as a Turkey.” He responded, “That’s Read more...
  7. Stephen Lynn Bales Talks Birds on New Podcast from GSMA

    Stephen Lynn Bales Talks Birds on New Podcast from GSMA By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director One of the first interviewees for our new podcast Smoky Mountain Air is naturalist and birding expert Stephen Lyn Bales. Bales wrote a story about the Winter Wren for Smokies Life magazine in one of our missing issues, Volume 9, #1. These missing issues are no longer in print but, during Read more...
  8. Give it Up FOR THE BIRDS Part 2: This is an Amazing Birding Weekend—So Get Out There!

    Give it Up FOR THE BIRDS Part 2: This is an Amazing Birding Weekend—So Get Out There! By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director In Part 1 of this two-part series, we learned about some of the birds people have been seeing near and around the park during this amazing spring migration. Learning the calls of the birds you like makes it easier to find them.  There is a peculiar metallic squeak (“kick” or “ Read more...
  9. Give it Up FOR THE BIRDS Part 1: Get Ready for an Amazing Birding Weekend

    Give it Up FOR THE BIRDS Part 1: Get Ready for an Amazing Birding Weekend By Frances Figart, Creative Services Director This time of year, I give up my last few hours of good sleep to get up before sunrise and go outside to watch—and listen to—birds. It may sound like a big sacrifice, but the dividends are great.  This past week, I was rewarded with a sighting of one of my favorites, the impossibly Read more...
  10. Making a List and Checking it Twice

    Making a List and Checking it Twice By Emma DuFort, Publications Specialist  If you keep a bird feeder in your yard, or know someone who does, you probably know that keeping track of which birds appear is a fun and popular pastime. But it doesn’t have to stop at the bird feeder—it can be very rewarding to familiarize yourself with all the kinds of flora and fauna Read more...

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