Nature Notes
Coming Up

FIRST 2018 EVENT!!! The North Carolina Asheville Urban/Suburban Bear Study on February 20.Featured


Photo by: Barbara Harrison

Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at the West Asheville library starting at 5:30 p.m.

Join Jennifer Strules, Project Biologist and Wildlife Biologist, for a summary presentation on the study’s objectives, early findings, and proactive strategies for successfully co-existing with Black bears. This study has been a collaboration between North Carolina State University and the North Carolina  Wildlife Resources Commission to better understand how bears  are utilizing suburban spaces and to inform current and future bear management strategies.

Photo by: Barbara Harrison


Coming Up

Cancelled due to forest service road closures. Start 2018 with a Magical Natural Tour!Featured

BRNN members come join us and see: 
2 cascades
3 counties
2 National Forests
1 Wilderness
Plus winter surprises all in one day.

Winter Courthouse Falls

For this spontaneous event, plan on car pooling and RSVP (via Facebook or the website). Do not wait until the last minute this event will fill.

Be prepared for at least 5 miles of winter walking. We will be driving to limited parking sites using forest services roads to do short walks at three different locations. Plan on seeing;
Laurie Falls in Middle Prong Wilderness, Haywood County
Dills Falls (lower possibly upper too) in Nantahala National
Forest, Jackson County
Courthouse Falls in Pisgah National Forest, Transylvania

Sunday, January 14th weather and road access permitting. Makeup day Saturday, January 27th. The meeting time and location from Asheville will be detailed later. Plan on an early morning start. See you soon and Happy New Year!

Dills Falls

Laurie Falls

Citizen Science

Trail Camera Photos

Susan Richardson is volunteering for the NC Candid Critters citizen scientist project.

Trail Cam photos by Jeff Boyea




Birds, Inspiration

Photographer of the Month – James Poling

James Poling is a Blue Ridge Naturalist who moved to Black Mountain, NC in 2008. His specialties are bird and wildflower photography, purely as a hobby that can be shared with friends and on facebook.  In his previous life he lived in Chicago and worked as a professor of pastoral counseling. He and Nancy have two children and six grandchildren, ages 12-18.

Barred Owl


Bald Eagle


White Ibis


Hooded Merganser