RMR-068: Beyond Birding with Steven Hopp – a Fall Naturalists’ Rally Preview

Steven Hopp

Steven Hopp

RMR-068: Beyond Birding with Steven Hopp – a Fall Rally Preview.

Birders are good at making lists. Bird counts by year and bird count over a lifetime. But what about beyond the counting?

Beyond Birding is learning about the entire life of the bird. Go beyond the flitting seconds it takes to count it.

Steven has spent many years going beyond the count. Do you know if the bird you counted last year is the exact same bird that you counted this year? What has happened in the life of that bird since you counted it last year?

This is a fascinating concept that may add a lot more interest to your birding.

Listen to the preview with Steven. Click the play button above.

Special Bonus: Harvest Table Restaurant

Yes. I know this is not on Roan Mountain. But Steven Hopp is very multi-talented guy. In addition to being an expert on Beyond Birding, he is also the Director of the Meadowview (VA) farmers Guild and The Harvest Table Restaurant in Meadowview, Virginia.

Meadowview Farmers Guild  & Harvest Table Restaurant.
The Harvest Table Restaurant is a true Farm-to-Table dining experience. Be sure to check out the locally grown menus at the website: HarvestTableRestaurant.com


Fall Naturalists’ Rally – Sept 9-10-11 – brochure & registration

Kid’s Schedule for Saturday- Sept 10

Harvest Table Restaurant – Meadowview VA

Friends of Roan Mountain

Roan Mountain State Park – campground reservations

RMR-067: Mountain Bees and Sky Islands with Eric Rayfield

Mountain Bees and Sky Islands
with Eric Rayfield

Eric Rayfield - Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy - Roan Naturalist -2016Mountain Bee Adventure Leader, Eric Rayfield, studies high elevation bumble bees. He will lead the Mountain Bee Adventure at the Xtreme Roan Adventures, on Saturday, 30 July 2016.

Eric studies the genetics of the high elevation bees to determine if they are cross breeding with other mountain top bees. Or are they cut off by distance on their own “sky island”.  What a fascinating concept.

Click on the play button above to hear more from Eric. 


Xtreme Roan Adventures (a kid’s nature day) 

XRA schedule

XRA registration

Friends of Roan Mountain


RMR-065: Spring Naturalists Rally Preview with Liz Domingue

Spring Naturalists Rally Preview
with Liz Domingue
Liz Domingue photo by Ann Clayton

Friday’s speaker for the Friends of Roan Mountain Spring Naturalists’ Rally, Liz Domingue will present-Butterflies and Familiar Moths of the Smokies.

As the founder and operator of Just Get Outdoors, Liz leads our guided interpretive hikes, Naturalist Adventure Outings in the Smokies and Naturalist Adventure Tours and conducts our environmental education programs for youths, adults, and fellow educators. She encourages awareness, understanding, enjoyment, and stewardship of our natural world.

Liz is an expert naturalists and has specialized in the Southern Appalachians.
She is an expert in leading hikes and tours for all ages, an accomplished nature photographer and a prolific nature writer for publications all over the south.

Her current project is a new Smokies field guide, “Butterflies and Familiar Moths of the Smokies”.

She is a very well traveled professional naturalist and can be contacted at JustGetOutdoors.com in the Smokies.

<Click> the player above to listen to a preview.


Just Get Outdoors.com

Spring Naturalists Rally – April 22-23-24 – brochure

Friends of Roan Mountain Spring 2016 Newsletter

Roan Mountain State Park – campground reservations

RMR-064: Spring Naturalists’ Rally Preview with Dr. Mick Whitelaw

Spring Naturalists’ Rally – Roan Mountain State Park – April 22-23-24

Preview with Dr. Mick Whitelaw

Roan Mountain and
Tweetsie Trains, People and Iron
with Dr. Mick Whitelaw

Join Your Friends on the Mountain!

The Friday, April 22, evening speaker will be our favorite Fossil Casting Master, Dr. Mick Whitelaw. He will present the geology and history of the new Tweetsie Trail. For the present the Trail follows the old railroad bed from Johnson City to Elizabethton TN.


Click the PLAY button above to listen to the preview with Mick,


Spring Naturalists’ Rally – Brochure and Registration
Kid’s Rally Schedule – Saturday – April 23
Friends of Roan Mountain