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Outdoors

The Catamount Adventure Camps, sponsored by Western Carolina University’s Office of Continuing Education and Base Camp Cullowhee, will be held this summer, offering five-day programs of outdoor fun to children at the elementary and middle school levels.

Three camps will present age-appropriate activities to children of varying grade levels. The camp for rising third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders is July 11-15. Rising sixth- and seventh- graders have camp July 25-29, and rising eighth- and ninth-graders Aug. 1-5. Each program lasts from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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The golden-winged warbler, a small songbird found in the north-central and eastern United States, may warrant federal protection as a threatened or endangered species, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recently announced. The announcement follows an initial review of a petition seeking to protect the golden-winged warbler under the Endangered Species Act.

The Service will undertake a more thorough status review of the species to determine whether to propose adding the species to the federal lists of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants.

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It’s the kind of work convicts once did on chain gangs.

Getting dirty is guaranteed.

A group of local retirees relish the opportunity to experience much of the same hard work chain gangs experienced, even sometimes smashing a few rocks.

The group gathers Wednesday mornings and arm themselves with rakes, sling blades, cross cut saws, double bit axes, mauls and shovels. The same tools chain gangs became intimately familiar with. But no ball and chain holds this crowd together. They can go home anytime they want.

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Workshops promote backyard landscaping for wildlife.

Friends of Rickman Store (FORS) has joined an effort through National Wildlife Federation to certify backyards as “wildlife habitats” by meeting some simple, but important goals. The components for certification are to provide adequate water, food, cover, places to raise young and sustainable gardening practices.

To begin the Gardening for Wildlife Series, FORS has planned a series of workshops and certified property visits this summer and fall to support residents interested in joining the effort. You do not have to certify your yard to participate in the programs.

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published: 10/18/2013
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