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Nature Notes on the Total Solar Eclipse 8/21/17Featured

BRNN Event Report
Event held on July 11, 2017
Submitted by Linda Martinson, 7/21/17

Location and Date: BRNN presentation on the Great American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21, 2017, by Bernard “Bernie” Arghiere. The event was on July 11, 2017, from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the West Asheville Library in Asheville, and was open to the public.

Program Leader: Barbara Harrison Attendance: We had 32 attendees including Bernie.

Event notes: Bernie has been immersed in astronomy for over four decades and has taught several astronomy-related classes and workshops, mainly on the UNC Asheville campus. He spends hours looking up, especially at night, and has traveled to five continents observing the night sky. Bernie received the 2010 North Carolina Champion of Science award from the NC Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center. He has been instrumental in the design and construction of three astronomical observatories in the Asheville region is the past president of the Astronomy Club of Asheville. Bernie told us everything we wanted to know about The Great American Total Solar Eclipse of August 21, 2017, and much more!

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BRNN Mushroom Walk – Tuesday, August 1, 2017.Featured

Photos by: Ken Czarnomski

The Blue Ridge Naturalist Network had its first mushroom walk led by BRNN board member Charlotte Caplan on Tuesday August 1, 2017. Twelve of us hiked along a gentle, quiet trail behind the Davidson River Fish Hatchery in the Pisgah National Forest. We found and identified 56 different mushrooms. Charlotte showed us how to examine each mushroom and noted their key features. As we hiked along Charlotte explained to us the role mushrooms have in forest ecology. It was a beautiful sunny day and we all learned a lot.

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