A Few Outdoor Adventures

On November 2nd, a couple of friends and myself took a hike at the 24/27 trailhead. It was a cold morning and the opening day of muzzleloader season, so there were a lot of vehicles parked on the side of the road on public land where hunters were eager to find a deer....

Piedmont Mines: Golden Opportunities for Tri-colored Bats

By Katherine Caldwell Etchison, NCWRC Wildlife Diversity Biologist The tri-colored bat (Perimyotis subflavus) is a hibernating species with a statewide distribution in North Carolina. This species, once common, has recently experienced population declines exceeding...

Weekend Wrap-up

This past weekend I was able to spend some time on both Saturday and Sunday outside – which makes for a great weekend about anytime. On Saturday morning, I went kayaking with a friend at Lake Reese near Asheboro, and on Sunday I helped lead a hike for A3 Healthy...

A Week in the New River

Last week, I took a week off from work to volunteer with NC State Parks to help with hellbender surveys in the New River in Ashe County. Hellbenders are large salamanders that live under rocks in clean, swift-moving rivers in Eastern North America. Their brown, black...

Fruits and Festivals

A few weekends ago, I went to the pimento cheese festival in Cary. Although not a fan of pimento cheese myself, I have family members who are, and I’m always up for a festival of any sort, so we piled in the car and drove up there. It was an interesting event and they...