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The Astronomy Club of Asheville Sky Calendar

The Astronomy Club of Asheville is a501(c)3, non-profit organization that is open to visitors and is dedicated to helping people understand and enjoy astronomy at all levels of interest. No equipment is needed to participate.  Many of us have one or more telescopes and either observe or image or both. Some of us observe using only binoculars or our unaided eyes. But all of us love the night sky, and we enjoy both learning more about it and sharing our knowledge of it with others.                      Click here for Meeting and Star Gazes


Are You Bear Smart? Living Responsibly in Bear Country

Wednesday, May 30  Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

If you live in WNC, you have probably seen a bear in the wild while hiking and you might have encountered one in you own backyard. Bear have even been spotted in downtown Asheville!

Asheville Green Drinks will team up with the Bear Education and Resources Task Force (B.E.A.R) of the Western North Carolina Alliance for a bear preparedness program.  Come out to learn more about how to keep bear out of your trashcans and how to stay safe in the wild.

Presenter Debbie Lassiter will host this free program to share practical advice on living responsibly in bear country and reducing human/bear conflicts.

Socializing: 5:30PM Programming: 6:00PM

Location: Posana Cafe, 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 (directions)

Thank you to our weekly host and sponsor Posana Cafe, a 3-star certified Green Restaurant! We encourage you to support their efforts by ordering drinks and/or food at Green Drinks’ programs. Just make sure to tip your server or bartender and come a little early if ordering food.

Join Posana for lunch Tuesday through Friday 11am – 3 pm, Weekend Brunch, Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm and Dinner Tuesday through Sunday 5 pm – 9 pm.  You can visit their menu online and view lunch, dinner, weekend brunch and dessert offerings.


The Birds of French Broad River Park

Saturday June 2nd and 16th, RiverLink’s nature guru Worth McAlister and expert birder Bob Wilson embarked on early morning journeys into the exciting world of avian friends, along with about a dozen local nature enthusiasts. Armed with binoculars and field guides, the groups headed out from French Broad River Park to see how many bird species could be encountered, in just a few hours’ time, along the Wilma Dykeman RiverWay. The crews were amazed and thrilled with what they found.

“The species abundance along this section of river corridor is incredible,” says participant Bryan Hill. The groups moved cautiously along the trails in and around the park, with eyes and ears on alert for bird activity. The groups focused on sight and song identification, and discussion on distinguishing characteristics for each species encountered.

Wilson says the key to the species abundance in this particular area is thanks to an expanse of early successional habitat in the flood plain, (which is made up annuals, perennials, grasses, brambles, and shrubs), along with the river and mature forest that border on either side. This creates a mosaic of habitat conditions that can sustain a wide variety of species.

Here is the list of birds seen and heard by the two groups:

Great Blue Heron                                                      Eastern Bluebird
Turkey Vulture                                                           American Robin
Rock Pigeon                                                              Northern Mockingbird
Mourning Dove                                                          Brown Thrasher
Chimney Swift                                                           European Starling
Ruby-throated Hummingbird                                    Cedar Waxwing
Red-bellied Woodpecker                                          Common Yellowthroat
Downy Woodpecker                                                 Yellow-breasted Chat
Pileated Woodpecker                                               Eastern Towhee
Acadian Flycatcher                                                  Chipping Sparrow
Willow Flycatcher                                                     Song Sparrow
Eastern Phoebe                                                       Northern Cardinal
Eastern Kingbird                                                      Indigo Bunting
White-eyed Vireo                                                     Red-winged Blackbird
Red-eyed Vireo                                                       Common Grackle
Blue Jay                                                                   Brown-headed Cowbird
American Crow                                                        Orchard Oriole
Northern Rough-winged Swallow                            Baltimore Oriole
Cliff Swallow                                                            House Finch
Barn Swallow                                                           American Goldfinch
Carolina Chickadee                                                 House Sparrow
Tufted Titmouse
White-breasted Nuthatch
Carolina Wren
Blue-gray Gnatcatcher

Make sure to join RiverLink in July for nature walks focusing on “Macroinvertebrates: Land & Water.”

Outings will be held Saturday July 7 at 10AM, and Saturday July 21 at 3PM.

For more information contact Worth McAlister at worth@riverlink.org, or call at (828) 252-8474 x 17.


Friends of the Smokies Presents “Books to Take Backpacking”

History, poetry, and children’s literature inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains will be featured in “Books to Take Backpacking,” presented by the Friends of Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Historian Margaret Brown, poet Thomas Rain Crowe, and children’s author Ann Clayton will read from their works at 3 p.m.Sunday, April 15, at Malaprop’s Bookstore and Café, 55 Haywood St in downtown Asheville. This “Writers at Home” event will encourage and inspire stewardship of the Great Smoky Mountains, and is free and open to the public.

 


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