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  1. Put safety first as the park’s elk herd enters its 20th rut season

    Put safety first as the park’s elk herd enters its 20th rut season

  2. Volunteer Preserves Smokies’ Plant Diversity

    Volunteer Preserves Smokies’ Plant Diversity

  3. Asheville professor and Smokies researcher discovers four new snake species in six years

    Asheville professor and Smokies researcher discovers four new snake species in six years

  1. Asheville professor and Smokies researcher discovers four new snake species in six years

    Asheville professor and Smokies researcher discovers four new snake species in six years October 21 is National Reptile Awareness Day, and perhaps few people are more aware of these beautiful yet often misunderstood creatures than University of North Carolina Asheville professor R. Graham Reynolds. His earliest memories of becoming enamored with reptiles started in elementary school at the Western North Carolina Nature Center where Read more...
  2. Volunteer Preserves Smokies’ Plant Diversity

    Volunteer Preserves Smokies’ Plant Diversity by Aaron Searcy, Publications Associate With the eye of an artist and the steady hand of a lab technician, Janie Bitner carefully preserves some of the rarest and most delicate plants found in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Taken together, the many species she helps enter into the park’s collections build a convincing case Read more...
  3. Put safety first as the park’s elk herd enters its 20th rut season

    Put safety first as the park’s elk herd enters its 20th rut season It’s that time of year again. The elk are rutting in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. From September to early November, the fall breeding season, hormones kick in, and elk go into overdrive. Bulls’ antlers reach maturity, and their ethereal bugling calls can be heard resounding through fields and forests within the park and Read more...

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