Tag Archives: East Tennessee wildlife

Cacophony on the ridge

Dr. Bob Collier
Nature notes

We get top-notch periodical publications from each of our favorite nature- and conservation-related organizations, and I look forward every month to looking through them for the newest developments and the latest findings. One that really caught my eye this past month offered me an explanation for what, to me, has become a worrisome local situation. It was in the National Wildlife Federation publication, with the clever title, “Coping with Chronic Clamor.”

Now, we’ve all heard about light pollution, the dimming of our night skies by all the lights of urban sprawl. Those of us near town can hardly see the stars any more. The Milky Way? Almost never. But noise pollution? We are actually afflicted more by noise pollution than by light pollution – the noise is with us 24 hours a day.

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Our forgotten fruit

Dr. Bob Collier
Nature notes

Today we have the tale of a butterfly and its favorite food, set in motion in the swamps of East Carolina but with a couple of surprising connections to our East Tennessee.

It begins with Grandma and me trudging along a trail in the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, down in the hot and steamy swamps of East Carolina (which, the locals assure me, is a different, and much better, state than either of those other two, the North and the South ones). It’s a different kind of place, tabletop flat, with patches of woods and endless fields of corn, soybeans and cotton, people few and far between.

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